The Southern Sinfonia of New Zealand
"Holly Mathieson Conducts"
Saturday 16 August 5 pm and Sunday 17 August 3 pm
King's and Queen's Performing Arts Centre
Holly Mathieson Conductor
David Burchell Harpsichord
John van Buskirk Fortepiano
Richard Strauss: Suite Op. 4
CPE Bach: Double Concerto for Harpsichord and Fortepiano
Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, Pastorale
Since basing herself in Germany, ex-Dunedin conductor Holly Mathieson's career has taken off, with recent highlights being assistant to Christoph von Dohnanyi (Philharmonia Orchestra, London) and Marin Alsop (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Prom, the BBCSO Last Night of the Proms, and the Sao Paolo Symphony Orchestra's recent European tour). Her first series concert with the Southern Sinfonia includes birthday celebrations for two composers: Richard Strauss and CPE Bach, 2014 being 150 years and 300 years since their respective births.
Beethoven's Pastorale symphony is a captivating portrayal of Austrian country life, depicting bird song, bubbling streams, a village festival, and a realistic thunderstorm.
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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.