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Young@Heart2: Renewal

Saturday 29 June 2024


Adults $15, 18 and under free (no ticket required)


Sat 29 June, 15:00-16:30


Holy Trinity Church, 215 Devonport Road, Tauranga

This Matariki weekend, Bay of Plenty Symphonia will join forces with Youth Philharmonic Tauranga for only the second time ever in Young@Heart 2: Renewal, a journey through classical music inspired by far-flung cultures, places, and times at Holy Trinity Church!

Seventy of our orchestral (and in many cases literal) whānau will play together in this spectacular concert of arresting and iridescent music. Bay of Plenty Symphonia will take you to the streets of Naples, with Stravinsky's brilliant Pulcinella Suite, where the colourful world of Commedia dell'Arte comes alive in music.

Our combined forces will take you to vast grasslands and mixing of cultures in Borodin’s In the Steppes of Central Asia, to a world of rebellion and personal struggle under oppression, with Shostakovich’s hair-raising Finale from Symphony 5 – written under the thumb of the Soviet regime.

Meanwhile, Youth Philharmonic Tauranga will take you on a massive tour through space-time: to Ancient Greek comedy, in Ralph Vaughan Williams brilliant music for Aristophanes’ The Wasps; to Austria, home of the classical symphony, for some of Anton Bruckner’s famous 7th Symphony - one of the greatest ever written; to the fantastical universe of Japanese anime, with The Merry-go-round of life, from the well-known animated film “Howl’s Moving Castle”; and even an astrological visit to our solar system, with Holst’s Jupiter, Bringer of Jollity, well-known as a hymn tune and the Rugby World Cup anthem!

Conducted by William McElwee - Music Director of both orchestras. This will be a spine-tingling concert, not to be missed.

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