The Southern Sinfonia of New Zealand
"We Will Remember Them"
Saturday 29 March 2014, 8 pm, Dunedin Town Hall
Jessica Cottis Conductor
Kristian Chong Paino
Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 3 - A Pastoral Symphony
To commemorate the centenary of World War I, our season opens with works by Ravel and Vaughan Williams which evoke the feelings of pain and loss, as well as peace. In Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin, each movement is dedicated to the memory of a friend who died fighting in World War I. Jazz-influenced rhythms and harmonies pervade his Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, commissioned by the Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein who lost his right arm during World War I. Vaughan Williams' third symphony is described as "a subtly beautiful elegy for the dead of World War I". In the symphony's final movement, internationally-renowned soprano Rebecca Ryan will join the orchestra to perform a wordless floating lament described as being a lyrical expression of the sorrow of war.
Our conductor Jessica Cottis (who is British-based and also Sydney Symphony Orchestra's Assistant Conductor) and soloist Kristian Chong (an eminent Melbourne pianist) are both making their Dunedin débuts.
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.
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