Review: Opus Winds – Taupo

Opus Winds concert, St Andrews Church, Taupo, 24 September 2017 What:  Opus Winds Where: St Andrews Church When: Sunday   Serenades are typically serene evening music for background enjoyment, but Opus gave us a kaleidoscope of three sublime and ear-catching chamber music works in the one afternoon. Reduced by financial stringency to about a dozen… Continue Reading

REVIEW: ( Rotorua) Opus Orchestra – Legends of Leipzig

Review by Hanno Fairburn for the Daily Post of  Opus Orchestra concert, Civic Theatre, Rotorua, 2 July 2017 What:  Opus Orchestra Where: Civic Theatre When: Sunday While the Opus players do not have the regular practice of our other major orchestras, each of their concert series brings success with their camaraderie and jubilant reunion. Under… Continue Reading

REVIEW – OPUS ORCHESTRA: LEGENDS OF LEIPZIG

Who: Opus Orchestra: Legends of Leipzig When: Friday 30 June Where: Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts Works by: Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms Musical Director: Peter Walls Soloist: Diedre Irons Reviewed by Andrew Buchanan-Smart Opus Orchestra rarely performs a programme full of romantic works by some of the foremost composers of the period. It was a… Continue Reading

REVIEW – SLAVIC MASTERPIECES: TWSO, SOLOIST AMALIA HALL

Who: TWSO: Slavic Masterpieces When: Sunday 22 May Where: Clarence Street Work: Smetena, Wieniawski and Tchaikovsky Conductor: Rupert D’Cruze, Soloist: Amalia Hall Reviewed by Andrew Buchanan-Smart   A lovely programme celebrated the 10th anniversary of Rupert D’Cruze as Musical Director of TWSO. The concert opened with one of Smetana’s most popular works – the Vltava,… Continue Reading

Going for Baroque – Opus Orchestra with Hamilton Civic Choir

REVIEW: Going For Baroque, Hamilton Civic Choir and Opus Chamber Orchestra   PETER DRURY/FAIRFAX NZ A performance at St Peter’s Cathedral had the reviewer pondering life with a music department. What: Going For Baroque Who: Hamilton Civic Choir and Opus Chamber Orchestra When: Saturday 6 May 2017 Where: St Peter’s Cathedral Conductor: Timothy Carpenter The excitement… Continue Reading

Review: Mozart Through Russian Eyes – Opus Orchestra

Who: Opus Orchestra: Mozart Through Russian Eyes When: Friday 31st March Where: Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts Works by: Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev Musical Director: Peter Walls Soloists: Soloist Matthias Balzat Reviewed by Andrew Buchanan-Smart Peter Walls very cleverly a designed programme where all the post Mozart era works had a direct link back to… Continue Reading

REVIEW: SUNSET SYMPHONY 2017

What: Sunset Symphony: A Viennese Midsummer Night Who: Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra When: Sunday, 19 February, 2017 Where: Rhododendron Lawn, Hamilton Gardens Conductor: Rupert d’Cruze Paris may have been the heart of fashion, but Vienna was the guide to style. With some obvious cross referencing to The Last Night Of The Proms, and, despite our title,… Continue Reading

REVIEW: A CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL

Christmas concert the perfect Sunday afternoon entertainment Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra with the Southwell School Girls’ Choir When: Sunday, November 27 Where: Clarence St Theatre Works by: Prokoviev, Anderson, and others Conductor: Rupert d’Cruze ​Narrator: David Artis ​Concert master: Katie Mayes Reviewer: Sam Edwards Rupert d’Cruze’s musical elves and fairies gifted us over an hour… Continue Reading

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