Dunedin Symphony Orchestra Events

2020 Events 

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Unwrap the Music

Thursday 5 March, 7:00 pm, Hanover Hall

If you would like to deepen your understanding of the music the orchestra will be playing in its 2020 concert series, then Unwrap the Music is for you. It’s when the music will be demystified and its treasures revealed.

What makes Beethoven such a great composer? Is 20th century music really all that difficult? Why is Anthony Ritchie’s symphony entitled ‘Boum’? All this and more will be revealed in this illustrated overview of the music in the DSO’s 2020 concerts.

Anthony Ritchie, who will present this hour-long talk, is Professor and Head of The School of Performing Arts at the University of Otago.

The evening will finish with a complimentary cup of tea or coffee.

Entry: pay what you want at the door.
No prior bookings.

DSO Players Concert – Music at Hanover Hall

Sunday 8 March, 3:00pm, Hanover Hall

Come and join players from the DSO in our third Player’s Concert at 3pm Sunday March 8th in Hanover Hall.

We will delight you this time with an alto flute performance from Feby Idrus, featuring J.S. Bach and Andras Derecskei, while duo trumpeters Ralph Miller and Patrick Lepine include Herbert L. Clarke’s wonderful ‘Carnival of Venice’ among their pieces.

For the first time in these concerts we feature a cello ensemble led by Heleen du Plessis, performing works by Gareth Farr and Shostakovich.

Feby Idrus, having put down her alto flute, will be joined by pianist John van Buskirk to play Anthony Ritchie’s delightful Flute Concerto, and the exciting young string quartet of violinists Ngaru Martin, Frances Christian-Farrow, violist Ben Pinkney and cellist Greta McLean will play ‘Winter’, from the ever popular ‘Four Seasons’ by Antonio Vivaldi. Ngaru and Ben will also play a movement from Manuel Ponce’s ‘Sonata a duo’.

It’s sure to be a memorable afternoon of music making, so please join us.

Admission – No prior bookings : Pay What You Can

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 2020 season:

Celebrate Peace

Celebrate PeacePresented by City Choir Dunedin on Saturday 1 August 2020, 7:30 pm, Knox Church

City Choir Dunedin, accompanied by the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra and conducted by David Burchell, presents a programme of choral music to celebrate peace. The programme will include the ever-popular Faure Requiem together with contemporary works by Peteris Vasks: Dona nobis pacem, Ola Gjeilo: Song of the Universal, and Christopher Marshall: Pastorale. The soloists are Caroline Burchell (soprano) and Scott Bezett (baritone).

Magnificent Christmas

Magnificent ChristmasPresented by City Choir Dunedin on Saturday 28 November 2020 (tbc), 7:30 pm, Dunedin Town Hall

City Choir Dunedin, accompanied by the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra and conducted by David Burchell, presents a programme of choral music for the Christmas season. The programme will include Bach’s Magnificat, Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, and other Christmas-themed works to inspire and bring joy.