Showing posts with label Dunedin Youth Orchestra. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dunedin Youth Orchestra. Show all posts

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.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Magpie, Song and Dance

Photo: Paul Hogan
Magpie, Song & Dance concert on Saturday 26 May 2012, 7:30 pm at Knox Church.

We invite you to enjoy this performance!

The City of Dunedin Choir and the Dunedin Youth Orchestra, conducted by David Burchell, are pleased to present a concert of romantic music ranging from somewhat melancholy to excitingly vibrant moods and soaring melodies.

The programme will include Rossini's Thieving Magpie, Brahms' Song of Destiny, Borodin's Polovetsian Dances (from Prince Igor), Sibelius' Karelia Suite, and Mozart's Concerto in A for Clarinet with young soloist Nicole Batchelar, who is now in her third year of a B.Mus. focusing on conducting and composition.

Her performance instrument is the clarinet, which she has been playing for over ten years. In 2011 Nicole started teaching clarinet at Saturday Morning Music Classes, where she also assists with conducting the Junior Symphonia, with Aart Brusse. In the same year she had an opportunity to conduct her own composition, The Quake, with the Dunedin Youth Orchestra.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Song of Destiny

We are singing Brahms' Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny) with the Dunedin Youth Orchestra on Saturday 26 May at Knox Church. Do come along and enjoy our performance!

Enjoy this recording by Orchestre Revolutionairre et Romantique and the The Monteverdi Choir
Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner

Admission vouchers for our concert are now on sale!

Here's a translation of the German text:

You wander above in the light 
on soft ground, blessed genies! 
Blazing, divine breezes 
brush by you as lightly 
as the fingers of the player 
on her holy strings. 

Fateless, like sleeping 
infants, the divine beings breathe, 
chastely protected 
in modest buds, 
blooming eternally 
their spirits, 
and their blissful eyes 
gazing in mute, 
eternal clarity. 

Yet there is granted us 
no place to rest; 
we vanish, we fall - 
the suffering humans - 
blind from one 
hour to another, 
like water thrown from cliff to cliff, 
for years into the unknown depths.