The Southern Sinfonia of New Zealand
Clarinet Classics with Michael Collins
Saturday 15 August 5 pm and Sunday 16 August 3 pm
King's and Queen's Performing Arts Centre, Bay View Road
John Ritchie: Concertino for Clarinet and String Orchestra
John Ritchie: Suite No. 1 for Strings
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7
John Ritchie (1921-2014) was a multi-faceted Christchurch musician: clarinettist, conductor, composer, and also Music Director for the Commonwealth Games and a Papal Visit. His Concertino and Suite exemplify his lyricism, quirky harmonies and infectious rhythms. Indisputably one of today's leading clarinettists, Michael Collins, displays a dazzling virtuosity and sensitive musicianship making him a sought-after soloist with leading orchestras and conductors around the world.
London-based Simon Over is the Music Director of the Southbank Sinfonia. He also conducts choirs, an opera company, and other orchestras in Europe and Asia. Our 2015 season concludes with his direction of Beethoven's delightful Symphony No. 7 which Wagner was moved to describe as the "apotheosis of the dance".
The Southern Sinfonia is Dunedin's only professional orchestra, and one of four regional orchestras in New Zealand's largest cities, funded by Creative New Zealand. We have established a reputation for the high calibre of our performances.
Annually, we present a five-concert subscription series, plus schools and chamber concerts, and education programmes including masterclasses and workshops. We also regularly accompany productions by resident and touring opera, ballet, musical and choral companies.