Concerts

The 2022 Concert Season

Celebrating Matariki - Whakanuia Matariki
Saturday 2 July, 7:30 pm
Dunedin Town Hall
Presented by Dunedin Symphony Orchestra

Celebrating Matariki reflects the universal fascination with stars and planets, including the phenomenon of Matariki which signals the Māori New Year, a time for renewal and celebration in Aotearoa New Zealand. The women of City Choir Dunedin joins the orchestra on stage for 'Neptune' from Holst's The Planets.


Concert for Ukraine
Sunday 17 July, 4:30 pm
Dunedin Town Hall
Presented by City Choir Dunedin

This Ukraine benefit concert was initiated by a number of concerned residents who wanted to respond to the unfolding humanitarian crisis.  The Cellists of Otago, Café Operana and other artists, together with City Choir Dunedin and the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, are donating their talent and time for the people of the Ukraine. 

The New Zealand Red Cross will assist City Choir at the concert, collecting koha, donations and by selling merchandise and raffle tickets. Red Cross Otago will deposit all funds and forward 100% to the Red Cross in Ukraine.

Free admission, koha appreciated.


Mozart's Monster Mash
Saturday 30 July 7:00 pm
Dunedin Town Hall
Presented by Dunedin Symphony Orchestra

Dunedin's talented musicians perform a magnificent feast of some of Mozart's most popular music. The DSO, along with City Choir Dunedin, will be joined by musicians and singers of all ages and skill levels who love Mozart, and who are keen to be part of our glorious community play-in concert – 'Mozart's Monster Mash'. Also on the programme will be the much-loved 'Hallelujah' Chorus (from Handel's 'Messiah'), as well as 'The Monster Mash' which is bound to be a hit with the audience as audience participation will be encouraged!


Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle 
Sunday 28 August 2:30 pm
Knox Church
Presented by City Choir Dunedin

DAVID BURCHELL, conductor
SOLOISTS: Rebecca Ryan (soprano), Claire Barton (alto), Jared Holt (tenor), Federico Freschi (bass)
MUSICIANS: John van Buskirk (piano), Sandra Crawshaw (piano), Ron Newton (harmonium)

Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868) referred to his Petite Messe Solennelle as the 'last mortal sin of my old age'. Written in 1863 for the Countess Louise Pillet-Will and first performed on 14 March 1864 at the consecration of the Countess' private chapel, the mass is one of Rossini's finest achievements and the outstanding work of his 'retirement'. This magnificent masterpiece of whimsy and joy is neither small, nor solemn!



Mozart Requiem
Saturday 26 November, 7:30 pm
Knox Church
Presented by City Choir Dunedin

DAVID BURCHELL, conductor 
SOLOISTS 
CITY CHOIR DUNEDIN 
DUNEDIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Mozart’s masterful Requiem is a favourite choral work and one of the most frequently performed treasures from the classical repertoire. While dark in parts and bursting with fury, it is energetic and ultimately uplifting – and undoubtedly Mozart’s most powerful music. From its opening bars, the emotions range from pity and anguish, and the terror of the grave, to the peace of perfect consolation. It has huge energy with tremendous climaxes, expressing unresolved guilt and the injustice of dying young. This Requiem is the sublime beauty that is Mozart at his best. 

The companion work on the programme will be Forrest’s The Breath of Life. Its profoundly moving texts (ranging from ancient to modern) explore life, loss, and the love that makes life worthwhile.



Christmas Carols @ Otago Museum
Sunday 18 December, 2:00 pm
Otago Museum

DAVID BURCHELL, conductor
MARK ANDERSON, assistant conductor
CITY CHOIR DUNEDIN

City Choir Dunedin presents an hour-long programme of Christmas music for the festive season. Come along to this free performance (koha appreciated) and be touched by the spirit of Christmas at this time of joy and reflection. 
Accompanists: Roland Storm and David Burchell