The Southern Sinfonia of New Zealand
Demidenko plays Beethoven
Saturday 27 June 2015, 7:30 pm
Dunedin Town Hall
Brahms (arr. Dvorak): Hungarian Dances Nos. 17 - 21
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4
Dvorak: Symphony No. 8
Beethoven's fourth piano concerto is extraordinary in many ways, an example being its middle movement which features a 'dialogue' between the soloist and orchestra. Nikolai Demidenko, now a firm favourite with Dunedin audiences, returns to put his authoritative stamp on this classic.
Known for its cheerful lyricism, Dvorak's Symphony No. 8 was in fact written at a time of domination of his homeland by the ruling Austro-Hungarian Hapsburgs, and this gives the music's Czech images and folk music elements an added significance.
Opening the concert are five of Brahms' delightful Hungarian Dances, also based on folk music, and orchestrated by his good friend Dvorak.
Conductor Jessica Cottis returns to Dunedin having spent the first half of 2015 working with BBC orchestras in Scotland and Wales, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra where she is Assistant Conductor.
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.