Friday, October 2, 2009

NZSO 2010 season

NZSO 2010 season has been sent on line - if anyone would please email Alan, and I will forward it to you. Dunedin will have three concerts (that I have spotted), first will be in April, which will include Sibelius Violin Concerto and Tchaikovsky Pathetique. September will include Britten, McMillan, Ravel and R Strauss. There will be a smaller concert in October using strings, when Town Hall is not available.

If you are going to be in Wellington in Feb, the big concert will be Mahler 8, conducted by Ashkenazy. Vocal soloists in this huge work include Dunedin's Simon O'Neill and Martin Snell.

I myself have been in four performances of this work (brag) including one at the Sydney Olympics Arts Festival in 2000. This was one event where I was actually paid expenses, and given four nights accommodation. We sang at the Indoor Sports Arena in Homebush, capacity 13 000. The performance used the Organ from the Sydney Town Hall, some 12 miles away. Telemetry supplied by Telstra. We were good. I was in the Canberra Choral Society, the little choir - others were the Sydney Phil, the Melbourne Chorale, the City of Birmingham Choir, with Sydney Symphony conducted by Edo de Waart. Biggest concert I have ever been in? Once in life time event? No, because anything Sydney does, Melbourne has to do, so next year we went to Melbourne, where we performed in a smaller venue, but twice. We were flown down, but Melbourne was not so generous with the expenses. If anything, I think we enjoyed the Melbourne performance a bit more. One advantage of the Melbourne performance on Sunday afternoon was that the Exhibition Centre is close to Lygon St, which is the eating capital of the world. The cafe owners stand in the street and beg you to choose their place. Go back there anytime.

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