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NOTES : APRIL - MAY 
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King's and Queen's Performing Arts Centre
Saturday 29 April 5:00 pm &
Sunday 30 April 3:00pm


Daniel Kossov: Conductor
Robert Orr: Oboe


Programme:
JS Bach: Concerto for Violin and Oboe
Respighi: The Birds
JS Bach : Concerto for Oboe D’Amore
Mozart: Symphony No.41. Jupiter
 
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Dunedin Town Hall, Saturday 27 May, 7.30pm

Marc Taddei: Conductor
Ilya Gringolts: Violin 


Programme:
John Psathas: Luminous
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No.2
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2
 
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Introducing Basically Baroque's conductor and soloist 
Daniel Kossov – Conductor
“from Bach to Respighi to Mozart – a musical journey”
 
As an avid fan of nature, crisp air and good food (not to mention lovely people), I'm always excited to come to New Zealand. This will be my third time, having previously performed in Auckland and Christchurch.The programme, aptly named "Basically Baroque", has just the right dosage of comfort and surprise rounding it up with Mozart who is, as always, beyond critique. Those of you less familiar with the music of Respighi might (I hope) be inspired to research him further following the concert. On one hand his compositional style feels quite unique - a clever mix of contemporary Italian nationalism and Baroque homage - while on the other rather comfortable and welcoming. I encourage you to try and close your eyes for periods: you will be immediately transported to visions of the most wonderful natural scenery. Having said that, do please consider keeping your eyes open at times as conductors like to be reassured their "air-painting" is being closely watched and constantly admired. 

A little bit about myself: I have been a performing violinist and orchestra leader for most of my life (I was 10 years old when asked to be concertmaster for the first time), and have been concentrating more on conducting in the last few years. Bach’s double concerto affords me the opportunity to combine both skill sets and I'm very much looking forward to playing this exquisitely beautiful work with the fantastic Robert Orr. My first conducting opportunity in Australia came from the QSO in Brisbane inquiring if I was available to conduct Stravinsky's “Firebird” the next day. The result merited repeat invitations and now and trip to Dunedin! Enjoy the concert, as I'm sure you will. From Bach (300 years ago) to Respighi (more than 200 years later) and then back to Mozart's most genius of works, the DSO and I are looking forward to sharing this musical journey with you.
 
Robet Orr – Oboist
“two of my all-time favourite pieces of music” 

I am tremendously excited to be coming to Dunedin to work with the members of the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra and conductor and violinist, Daniel Kossov. I am looking forward to seeing familiar faces among the orchestra and
meeting new members as well. Having our rehearsals in the DSO’s new home is going to be especially musically rewarding. The two concertos by Bach which Daniel Kossov, the DSO and myself will present are two of my personal all-time favorite pieces of music. When I first began learning the oboe I was given a cassette recording with these pieces on it and they served as a huge inspiration. I think I probably listened to them every night for a year! The gorgeous melodies, and creative and sometimes bittersweet harmonies create a sound world distinctive to the Baroque period and to JS Bach in particular. The double concerto casts oboe and violin in a complementary partnership exploiting the sound characteristics and colours of articulation of both instruments. For those unfamiliar with the oboe d’amore,it sits between the oboe and cor anglais in tone colour and combines the projection of the oboe with the mellowness of the cor anglais. This concerto in A major and especially the central Largetto exploits the ethereal sound the instrument is capable of and is a composition that sits comfortably amongst the strongest of JS Bach’s instrumental works. 
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Sibelius & Prokofiev’s conductor and soloist share some thoughts about
their lives and also about the concert 
Marc Taddei – Conductor
“famous Kiwi composer, one of the most beloved symphonies and a world famous soloist”
 
It is always a pleasure to work with the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra! The combination of the artistry and dedication of the musicians, the warmth of Dunedin audiences and playing in one of the world’s great halls all combine to set the stage for moving performances! Adding a world famous soloist, a world famous Kiwi composer and one of the most beloved symphonies to the mix guarantees an exciting evening. We are fortunate to welcome violinist Ilya Gringolts, whose musical insights and virtuosity are stunning. And I am over the moon that he has chosen to perform Prokofiev’s second violin concerto - one of the most beautiful in the entire repertoire. John Psathas’ “Luminous” is a subtle work of warm emotional power, and a personal favourite of mine. And we end with the second symphony of Sibelius, a work that virtually defines the music of a country. Listening to the opening of the work immediately transports one to Finland, and the dramatic arc of the work culminates with a blazing brass chorale of profound power. 

It is also profoundly powerful that we continue to share amongst the orchestras of New Zealand, and in this vein it’s a great privilege to bring you greetings from Wellington where I am Music Director of Orchestra Wellington. This season we are performing music associated with Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballet Russes.

I write this from Vallejo, California, a city in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I have just been appointed the Music Director of this city’s fine orchestra. We are currently rehearsing Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony. It is great fun being on America’s West Coast. But I have to say I wish we had a hall as good as the Dunedin Town Hall! 
Ilya Gringolts – Violinist
“one of the most inspirational violinists today”
Financial Times
 
I am writing this in Tel Aviv, looking out at the Mediterranean - where I am about to perform the Prokofiev g-minor violin concerto No.2 with the Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Itzhak Perlman, my childhood hero and former teacher. I am not used to this sort of extensive touring (we play the Prokofiev six times, and another three servings of Bruch concerto - also in g-minor, and starting in a deceivingly similar fashion), as I don't really believe in repetition - but I am strangely moved by the prospect of immersing myself in this chameleon of a piece. 

Experiencing this concerto is a bit like - excuse the all-too-common gastronomic analogy - having a meal at the experimental restaurant where common ingredients are "re-imagined" and mixed with sauces that otherwise would never be considered fitting. Putting a 5/4 melody in a 4/4 first movement, outfitting a rather non-Mediterranean third movement with astanets, coupling solo violin in unison with a group of double basses, reaking up the string sections, so that only on few occasions they to get to be a "section" - and not independent entities: all of this is to be found in this strange and wonderful work, the last breath of the West in Prokofiev's life before he dived head first into Stalin's Russia, never to re-emerge again.

I have an ambivalent attitude towards competitions - I've now been on both sides, having won the Paganini and Junior Wieniawski competitions and having been on the jury board of Menuhin and Wieniawski competitions in the recent years. (Ilya Gringolts is a member of the 2017 Michael Hill International Violin Competition jury). It's been a mixed experience, and the biggest problem - that won't be solved in the foreseeable future - is that one has to select a winner, thereby relegating lots of wonderful players to the cohort of "non-winners". However, in the best-case scenario a competition can be a good platform for young talent to exhibit itself, and I hope this will be the case in New Zealand this June! I am also looking forward to seeing the "local Alps", so I can compare them to the real thing. I live just next door.
 
Introducing Sibelius & Prokofiev

Our series of informative and insightful talks given in collaboration with the University of Otago’s Department of Music continues with two talks, both to be given on the day of the concert. Entry is Free.
 
Saturday 27 May – Given by Associate Professor Peter Adams

University of Otago Talk: 2.00 – 3.30 pm: Venue: Archway 3, cnr. Union Street East & Leith Walk, University.

Dunedin Symphony Orchestra Pre-Concert Talk – 6.40 – 7.00 pm. Venue: Town Hall complex.
New Event! Masterclass with Ilya Gringolts
 
A unique opportunity to hear and see leading violinist Ilya Gringolts as he takes University of Otago performance violin students through their paces as they perform works selected from Russian violin repertoire, appropriate given that Ilya Gringolts is originally from Russia. This is a must for:

• all violinists and other string players keen to improve their playing.
• all string teachers keen to expand their teaching skills.
• all music-lovers to hear how teachers help their students with technical changes to transform their performances.

Date: Sunday 28 May. Time: 4.00 pm – 6.00 pm
Venue: DSO Rooms, Hanover Hall, 65 Hanover Street
Admission: $15 Adults; $10 Students (Tertiary and school children)


The DSO thanks the University of Otago’s Department of Music, especially their Senior Violin Lecturer Tessa Petersen, and the Michael Hill International Violin Competition, for their assistance with this project.

Visit www.dso.org.nz/education/learn-to-play/ to download the invitation. 
From Philippa Harris, General Manager
 
Welcome to the orchestra’s 51st year! 2017 is well underway, with sponsorships, subscriptions and donations rolling in (thank you to our sponsors, subscribers and donors). We’re really looking forward to the return of many established New Zealand and international artists for our 2017 concert series, and we’re also looking forward to meeting some new artists who have quite cosmopolitan backgrounds, as can be seen in our first two concerts.

Daniel Kossov (our April concert conductor/violin soloist) was born in Russia, emigrated to Israel, and studied in the USA and London. He then became the West Australian Symphony Orchestra’s Concertmaster and is now an established conductor based in Tasmania. (DSO Friends have the chance to meet Daniel Kossov and also soloist Robert Orr at the Attend a Rehearsal event on Friday 28 April.)

Ilya Gringolts (our May soloist and Masterclass Director) studied violin and composition in Saint Petersburg, and then at the Juilliard School of Music. He performs with leading orchestras and in prestigious concert halls around the world, and teaches in Zurich and Glasgow. He is in New Zealand as part of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition panel, and while in Dunedin he’s directing a masterclass featuring our own rising violin stars. 

We welcome back to our two New Zealand artists – Robert Orr (NZSO’s Principal Oboeist) and Marc Taddei (Orchestra Wellington’s Music Director). Marc’s inspired choice of John Psathas’s ‘Luminous’ is the perfect opening work for a concert with two very romantic orchestral masterpieces. Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2 is one of his most popular symphonies and it finishes with “a triumphant conclusion intended to rouse in the listener a picture of lighter and confident prospects for the future”. Before that we have Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2, a mainly jaunty work but with an achingly sublime slow movement.

We look forward to seeing you at our events in April and May!

Philippa Harris
From Richard Higham, Chair of the Friends of the DSO

Greetings Friends,

A new year for the Friends. We have five planned events, four at the new Hanover Hall, and one, Attend a Rehearsal, at the Kings and Queens Performing Arts Centre. You will have seen from our programme that two are familiar – a second master class with Sydney Manowitz and Tessa Petersen, and Musical Tastings, this year with wines from Pete Thomson. Pete has no vineyard and no winery, but he produces winning wines – worth coming to find out how he does it!

And we have two absolutely special events: John Drummond on the survival of the Music Department after the University treated them as a profit centre, and Anthony Ritchie on his composition of the beautiful “Gallipoli to the Somme.” Be there!

How do we do it? We have a hard working committee and that is part of the answer. But we have been around for a while now and we need some new
volunteer activists. If I ask someone “would you like to join the committee?” I invariably get excuses! “Too busy ….” But we meet only six times a year and we pour tea or put out chairs at the events. Think about it! And if you feel able to give a hand, let us know!

Our funds are healthy after supporting the DSO with $15000 to help refurbish Hanover Hall. We still have another $15000 to help put some finishing touches to the job. The Friends are very worthwhile!

Our first two events are:
Friday 28 April: Attend a Rehearsal, 6.30 pm at King’s and Queen’s Performing Arts Centre. Members-only.
Sunday 25 June: Masterclass, with Sydney Manowitz and Tessa Petersen, 3pm at Hanover Hall, 65 Hanover Street.

To contact us for further details or to book your place for these popular events, please email: rhigham@ business.otago.ac.nz

Richard Higham
 
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