Saturday, March 21, 2009

Final rehearsals

City of Dunedin Choir.Tonight is the big night of the Southern Stars concert!

Last night and this afternoon we had the final rehearsals for this concert and it went really well. Just hear what conductor Marc Taddei had to say last night at the end of the rehearsal:

"City of Dunedin Choir, you know something, you are really a good choir. I'm not just saying it, I mean it! You really are a very good choir, that was excellent."

That is quite a compliment coming from Marc, who is not just an everyday yokel when it comes to his art. Listen to this:

US-born New Zealand conductor Marc Taddei has been widely acclaimed for connecting with audiences through the passion and energy he brings to performances. He is sought after by every professional orchestra in New Zealand and is a frequent guest conductor of the major Australian orchestras. After success as music director of the Christchurch Symphony, in 2007 he was appointed music director of the Wellington Orchestra in New Zealand's capital city. Previous appointments included Principal Guest Conductor of the Christchurch Symphony, Associate Conductor of the Auckland Philharmonia, and Director of Orchestral Studies at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.

Marc Taddei has conducted the Oregon Symphony Orchestra, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony, the Adelaide Symphony, the Queensland Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Eugene Symphony, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the Southwest Florida Symphony, the Tasmania Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, the Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong and the Silesian State Opera in the Czech Republic. Marc has conducted for Opera New Zealand, the Royal New Zealand Ballet and has been a frequent guest at the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts. His performance with the Louisiana Philharmonic was nominated for best Contemporary Classical Performance of the year at the 12th annual Tribute to the Classical Arts in New Orleans.

See more pictures from the rehearsal at this webalbum.

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