The Southern Sinfonia of New Zealand
Saturday 20 September, 8:00 pm
Dunedin Town Hall
Hamish McKeich Conductor
Martin Riseley Violin
Brahms: Violin Concerto
Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2
With its sunny and lyrical opening, sublime Adagio, gypsy-inspired finale and rich orchestration, Brahms' Violin Concerto is an ideal showcase for the virtuosic musicianship of Wellington violinist Martin Riseley who is making his Sinfonia début. It is one of the most popular violin concertos, being a favourite with audiences and violinists alike.
Rachmaninov was the last of the great Russian Romantic composers, as evidenced in his epic Symphony No. 2 which is full of the lush colours that so strongly define this composer's musical language. Considered to be his greatest orchestral work, it encompasses the full gamut of emotions: from its sombre opening, tragic long melodies, sunny and bubbling sections, to impassioned climaxes. Conducting this concert will be Wellington's Hamish McKeich whose 2014 engagements will also take him to Australia, Holland, Austria, Italy, Poland, Lithuania and Germany.
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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.