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Spiral of Sound

Saturday 16 November


Entry by donation at the door


Sat 16 November, 16:00-17:45


Holy Trinity Church, 215 Devonport Road, Tauranga

Bay of Plenty Symphonia winds up the 2019 season with Spiral of Sound, conducted by Justus Rozemond. Top of the bill is stunning marimba soloist Yoshiko Tsuruta playing a concerto by contemporary French composer Emmanuel Séjourné. Local star Yoshiko performed with the Symphonia in 2014, dazzling the sell-out audiences with her mastery of the marimba, a large, impressive percussion instrument with a beautiful mellow sound. Séjourné’s gorgeous Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra has become a very popular work in the marimba repertoire.

By contrast Donizetti’s lively Sinfonia for Winds from 1817 features the orchestra’s wind players in an early work by this Italian composer, best known for his many operas. Paul McCartney’s orchestral composition, Spiral, which inspired the title of this concert, is from his 1999 album Working Classical. This haunting, impressionistic piece may not have been performed before in New Zealand. Bookending these lesser known works are two well known gems of the classical repertoire – Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princess opens the concert and Dvorák’s Czech Suite closes the programme in energetic style.

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