Tuesday, August 11, 2015

These Lands Are Ours

Saturday 26 September 2015, 7:30 pm at Knox Church

Conductor: David Burchell
Violin soloist: Matthew Scadden
Dunedin Youth Orchestra
City Choir Dunedin

These Lands Are Ours is a concert exploring New Zealand's national identity with music by Lilburn, Mendelssohn, Callister, Mackenzie and Elgar. The performance features Dunedin Youth Orchestra Young Musician’s Award recipient Matthew Scadden on violin and premières the 2015 work that won the Audrey Reed Composition Prize, A Run in Ross Creek by Merlin Callister.

Besides the winning composition the programme includes Douglas Lilburn’s Drysdale Overture, the first movement of Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor, Alexander Mackenzie's First Scottish Rhapsody, and the choir joins the orchestra for Edward Elgar’s cantata The Banner of St George.

Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, composed in 1845, was well received and soon became regarded as one of the greatest violin concertos of all time. It remains popular to this day and has developed a reputation as an essential concerto for all aspiring concert violinists to master. We look forward to Matthew Scadden's solo performance with the orchestra.

Elgar’s Banner of St George is a dramatic presentation for choir and orchestra of the legend of St George and the dragon, the mythology behind the English flag.

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