The Southern Sinfonia of New Zealand
A Sea Symphony
Saturday 18 April 2015, 7:30 pm, Dunedin Town Hall
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 1
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 1 - A Sea Symphony
'Behold, the sea!' - the electrifying opening announces this magnificent choral work. In his setting of Walt Whitman's poetry, Vaughan Williams not only depicts winds, waves and endless vistas, but also contemplates man's ambivalent relationship with the seas throughout the ages. Soprano Anna Leese and acclaimed Polish baritone Marcin Bronikowski (courtesy of NZ Opera) join the massive combined City Choir Dunedin and Auckland Choral, under the inspired direction of Nicholas Braithwaite.
Modi Deng, who is heading to Auckland for further study, will bring her exquisite touch and technical ease to the fore in Rachmaninov's first piano concerto which opens this concert.
This concert marks the end of Sydney Manowitz's tenure as Concertmaster after just over 20 distinguished years, the longest tenure for any NZ professional orchestra's Concertmaster.
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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.