Notes October – November 2018:4

From Philippa Harris, General Manager

Dear Music-lovers

The end of our concert year looms, and there is plenty on offer. We’re delighted to present Wellington pianist Jian Liu. Since arriving here in 2011 from China via the USA, he’s been impressing audiences around the country. He’s to play one of New Zealanders’ favourite works: Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2. A highlight will be Principal Guest Conductor Simon Over guiding the orchestra through the swirl of Russian Romantic music, including works by Glinka and Tchaikovsky. This will be a grand finale to our concert year!

Our education projects continue to engage with many of the community’s players. The DSO Academy, for young players between Grades 3 and 6, has had a bumper year, including performances at both Summerset at Bishopscourt and Redroofs retirement villages. In September we had a large group of players from around Dunedin and Otago join DSO players at Hanover Hall for Play with the Orchestra directed by Marc Taddei. Finally, at the end of November a group of players will be touring around Otago’s primary and intermediate schools performing to literally thousands of children.

Also in November is the Royal NZ Ballet’s The Nutcracker season. So there’s plenty to keep devotees of orchestral music busy.

As you’ll see, we’ve launched a Virtual Café: for just a donation equivalent to the price of a weekly coffee, you can help the orchestra continue to present musical masterpieces with top-class conductors and soloists for your enjoyment.

Wanted – a volunteer with good woodcraft skills! We have five original Baptist Church pews that need extensive TLC to restore them to their former beauty. If this sounds like you, please contact me ( for further details.

Thanks to all of you who support the orchestra so generously and in so many different ways, helping us to present 2018’s outstanding performances, and we hope you enjoy our end-of-year offerings.

Notes Jul – September 2018:8

From Philippa Harris, General Manager

What a year 2018 is turning out to be: virtuoso violinist Shlomo Mintz, capacity houses for the NZ Guitar Quartet and Songs of Moana concerts, and a very warm reception from the Summerset at Bishopscourt Retirement Village for our DSO Academy performers. Maestro Richard Davis returns to conduct August’s Voila Viola with US-based violist Tim Deighton as soloist in another world première DSO performance of a work by popular Dunedin composer Anthony Ritchie – his Viola Concerto No. 2. (In June Anthony received rave receptions from capacity audiences in Oxford and London (UK) for performances of Gallipoli to the Somme, a DSO commission). In September, Marc Taddei returns to conduct Carmina Burana with stunning soprano Natasha Wilson, and two of Australia’s finest singers, Henry Choo and James Clayton, as well as FOUR choirs. There will be c. 200 performers on stage – it should be a spectacular sight.

There have been changes afoot within the DSO. Firstly we were sad to lose Brendan Gray, a Board member for 10 years, 3 years of which were as President. Also standing down was Marshall Seifert, a member for 16 years. Not only did he sponsor the Concertmaster’s chair, but along with Michael Stedman at NHNZ (Natural History), he was also one of the driving forces behind many of the multi-artform works such as Timeless Land that the orchestra commissioned. However, with change comes new people and ideas, and so we warmly welcome Sharon van Turnhout, Chief Financial Officer from the University, to the Board. Another change to help the financial footing of the orchestra is the appointment of Cally McWha as Development Manager. She is really keen to talk to anyone who is interested in supporting the orchestra. If you are interested, please email her at

We look forward to seeing you at our DSO events and at the DSO Friends events too.

Philippa Harris General Manager

Notes Apr-Jun 2018:5

From Philippa Harris, General Manager

Fasten your concert seat-belts as the DSO concert season takes off! Our 14 April concert features two outstanding guest artists. Don’t miss the rare chance to experience technical wizardry and superb interpretation of internationally-renowned Shlomo Mintz who is unquestionably one of the world’s very best violinists. We’re delighted that after three years of planning this concert is finally possible. Joining him on stage on 14 April will be Spanish conductor José Luis Gomez. This fast-rising star of the music world will be on his first visit to Dunedin. Also making their first appearance with the DSO in June will be the superb NZ Guitar Quartet when they perform Rodrigo’s “other” guitar concerto Concierto Andaluz– written for four guitars! Under the masterly direction of Kenneth Young, the orchestra will also perform Jack Speirs’ Night Music in celebration of Matariki. The programme finishes with Mozart’s elegant and lively Haffner symphony.

Tickets for these concerts can be bought in several different ways. One option is a ‘one-stop-shop’ concert ticket subscription (at discounted prices) available through the DSO office. This is for those wishing to go to all of the concerts in either our International or Matinee Series – or both Series! There’s also our Flexi-Ticket option which gives a discounted price for those wishing to ‘pick and mix’ three concerts out of the full offering. For single concert tickets, you can either buy these online via our ticket agents or by visiting the outlets in person . You may have noticed media articles on the NZ Commerce Commission’s investigation into the reselling website Viagogo. We urge those of you wishing to buy online to follow the Commision’s advice to seriously consider whether buying from Viagogo is worth the risk.

We look forward to seeing you at the concerts!
Philippa Harris
General Manager