The Weekend Sun Competition


Scheherazade and Other Tales – a fanciful afternoon of spellbinding music presented by Bay of Plenty Symphonia.


After reluctantly cancelling three concerts this year, the Bay’s community orchestra is hoping that the magical powers of Scheherazade and her musical companions will prevail over Covid-19, finally allowing a concert to take place in Tauranga before the end of 2020. 


This is a big symphonic programme of late romantic music, with full brass and a mighty percussion section, just right for seeing off the gremlins!


The first musical tale to be told is from the Brothers Grimm – the story of Hansel and Gretel.  The overture to Humperdinck’s popular opera depicts the drama and pathos of the children’s adventure. 


The four movements of Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No.1 follow the journey of the Norwegian peasant through the mountains, beginning at sunrise and finally cavorting with trolls in the hall of the mountain king. Mussorgsky’s Night on the Bare Mountain tells the story of a witches' Sabbath on a Russian mountain. It’s a wild party which only winds up when the witches vanish at dawn.


Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade is the major work on the programme and features the solo violin of the Symphonia’s concertmaster, Rebecka Beetz. Linking the four movements, the violin portrays the story-telling of a heroine who keeps her husband amused with her tales through 1001 Arabian Nights.   All the family will enjoy meeting Sinbad the Sailor and sharing his adventures on the sea! 


Scheherazade and Other Tales is conducted by Justus Rozemond and will be held at Baycourt Addison Theatre on November 22 from 3pm.


Tickets are available at: phone: 0800 842 538 or at Baycourt Box Office.  


Adult tickets cost $15, seniors $12 and 18 years and under $2. Service fees apply.



The Weekend Sun has one double pass to see Scheherazade and Other Tales on November 22 for one lucky reader.


Competition Results

Competition Winner: Pam Pattle