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A musical exploration through time

Bay of Plenty Symphonia’s upcoming concert Time Travels will take the audience on a musical journey from the 17th Century to the 1900s. 

Taking place at St Mary’s Church on Elizabeth St, it will feature works by Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Saint Saens, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Shostakovich and Paert.

“The concert begins with Monteverdi’s colourful ‘Overture L’Orfeo’, a fantastic piece of jubilant renaissance writing, with lots of brass,” says musical director Justus Rozemond.

“[And includes] from the 18th Century come Bach’s ‘Suite No 3’, including the famous ‘Air on a G string’, and ‘Symphony 26’ by the great genius Mozart – a relatively early work with flutes and oboes.”

Justus says leading Kiwi violinist Benjamin Morrison will also fly in from Europe to perform as guest soloist during the concert and join the orchestra in a Vivaldi concerto and the virtuoso ‘Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso’ by Saint-Saëns.

Beethoven’s overture ‘Coriolan’ is followed by a rare opportunity for the audience to hear music by Shostakovich, one of the greatest 20th Century composers.

“The symphonia will perform selected movements from Shostakovich’s ‘Hamlet Suite’, displaying the full spectrum of the composer’s wit, sarcasm and at times pomposity.”

“The simple-yet-evocative ‘Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten’ by pioneering Estonian composer Arvo Paert will close the concert with mesmerising effect, as blended strings are punctuated by the ‘gothic’ sound of a single tubular bell,” says Justus.

BOP Symphonia’s Time Travels concert is at Tauranga’s St Mary’s Church on Sunday, July 17. Tickets are available iTICKET or Cartridge World.


The Weekend Sun has one double pass to give away to one lucky reader who can tell us many the name of the Kiwi violinist who will perform as guest soloist for Time Travels?

All entries must be received by Wednesday, July 6.


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