Dunedin Symphony Orchestra Events

New Event! Masterclass with Shlomo Mintz

A unique opportunity to hear and see leading violinist Shlomo Mintz Ilya  as he takes performances violin students from University of Otago through their paces as they perform works selected from the violin repertoire.  This is a must for:

  • all violinists and other string players keen to improve their playing.
  • all string teachers keen to expand their teaching skills.
  • all music-lovers to hear how teachers help their students with technical changes to transform their performances.

Date:  Sunday 15 April.  Time:  3.00 pm 
Venue:  DSO Rooms, Hanover Hall, 65 Hanover Street
Admission:  $15 Adults; $5 Students/Tertiary and school children

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Performance partners

The Dunedin Symphony Orchestra regularly accompanies productions by resident and touring opera, ballet, musical and choral companies. The following are our engagements for the 2018 season:

Grief to Joy, Music for Easter, 7 April 2018, 7:30 pm, Knox Church

CLAIRE BARTON, mezzo-soprano
DSO Ensemble

City Choir is pleased to present music to celebrate the hope and renewal that is the promise of Easter.

The Main Street Singers from California will contribute a bracket of choral music to the programme. The acclaimed group’s accomplishments have been earmarked by consistently high caliber of repertoire, performed with expressive skill and musical nuance.

City Choir will perform three works:

Bach’s “Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen” (Rejoice, your hearts) is a cantata expressing moods of mourning and fear which should be overcome, but especially exhilarating joy. An ensemble from the DSO will join the organ for this work.

Guiseppe Verdi’s “Stabat Mater” is a 13th-century Catholic hymn to Mary, which portrays her anguish and suffering as Jesus Christ’s mother during his crucifixion. Verdi used his operatic skills to set the drama of the crucifixion, with a mood change at the end where the high voices sing an ascending pattern in the sublime closing “Paradisi gloria”.

“Lo, the full, final sacrifice” is a festival anthem for choir and organ, composed by Gerald Finzi in 1946. Regarded as some of Finzi’s finest music, the expressive lines, colourful accompaniment and dramatic choral writing make this a great favourite in the choral repertoire.

The Ryman Healthcare Season of The Nutcracker  – Royal New Zealand Ballet, Saturday 17 November and Sunday 18 November 2018, 7:30 pm, Regent Theatre

Christmas 2018 is sure to be extra special, as the Royal New Zealand Ballet stages a national tour of the charming, festive tale The Nutcracker for the first time since 2010. 

Our story begins on Christmas Eve, as Tchaikovsky’s enchanting music (performed live by the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra) fills the air and Clara is given a nutcracker doll by her mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer.

As the clock strikes midnight she falls asleep and the drawing room is transformed. Skirmishes break out between the toy soldiers and motley crew of mice, but clever Clara saves the day, and the handsome Nutcracker Prince sweeps her away to the Marzipan Castle.

Clara and her Prince are captivated by dances representing tea, coffee, chocolate, marzipan and flowers, finishing with the spectacular dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy – one of ballet’s most cherished showpieces.

On Christmas morning Clara awakes, knowing that the sweetest memories are made with those we love.