REVIEW: Opus Ensemble and Scholars Aotearoa ‘Gloria’

Scholars Baroque Aotearoa with an Opus Ensemble St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Mount Maunganui Sat 25 / Sun 26 May, 2019 If any reader should be of the opinion that church music from the late 17th to early 18th centuries should be reserved for po-faced old fogies you would almost certainly have a change of mind… Continue Reading

REVIEW: Opus Orchestra | Ahead of the Game (Rotorua)

Review for Daily Post by Hanno Fairburn of Opus Orchestra concert, Rotorua, 30 September 2018 What: Opus Orchestra Where: Destiny Church When: Sunday 30 September 2018 Opus’s conductor Peter Walls deserves high praise for devising a programme of distinction and leading an orchestra which had consistent freshness and vitality. Bach’s Ouverture No.1 made a bright… Continue Reading

REVIEW: Opus Orchestra | Ahead of the Game (Tauranga)

Pure energy as Opus Orchestra stays ahead of the game By Leon Gray THERE’S only one thing that beats an eclectic programme when it comes to an orchestral performance: an ‘electric’ one; which is what the small but enchanted audience got on Saturday afternoon at Tauranga Boys College. With breathless excitement, those present bore witness… Continue Reading

STUDENT REVIEWS: Ahead of the Game

Last September I had the pleasure of watching the OPUS Ahead of the Game Concert. As I’d never heard a professional Marimba being played before, I was interested to see what I was in for. I am pleased to say that I was not disappointed with the outstanding performance that night, as the musicians wowed… Continue Reading

REVIEW: Opus Orchestra – Midwinter Tales (Rotorua, July 2018)

What:  Opus Orchestra When: Sunday 29 July 2018 Where: Destiny Church Theatre, Rotorua Opus’s conductor, Peter Walls, splendidly assembled a programme, narrator and scripts for ‘Midwinter Tales’, a fine entertainment of words and music to appeal to the young and not so young.  Spirited playing by the orchestra and some informal touches made a wonderful introduction… Continue Reading

Review – Midwinter Tales | Opus Orchestra and Mark Hadlow (Hamilton)

What: Midwinter Tales. A Family Friendly Concert Who: Opus Orchestra When: Friday, July 27 Where: Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts Works by: Norman, Prokofiev, and Stravinsky Conductor: Peter Walls Narrator: Mark Hadlow The consummate Lara Hall checked the orchestral A and audience sound levels dropped to a breathless, anticipatory silence. Conductor Walls appeared, lifted his baton… Continue Reading

Review – Midwinter Tales (Tauranga) by Lara, aged 8

Peter and the wolf concert Yesterday I went to the Peter and the wolf concert. I really enjoyed the music. It was also cool how there was a talker. It is hard to imagine how long you would have to practice for the concert. Also the second half was very amazing. I liked the talker’s… Continue Reading

REVIEW Wunderhorn (Hamilton 27 April 2018)

What:             Wunderhorn Who:              Opus Orchestra When:            Friday 27 April 2018 Where:           The Gallagher Academu of Performing Arts Works by:      Beethoven, Mozart, Richard Strauss, and Wagner Conductor:     Emeritus Professor of Music Peter Walls Soloist:           Samuel Jacobs, Principal horn of the NZSO Reviewer:       Sam Edwards… Continue Reading

REVIEW – Wunderhorn (Rotorua)

Review for Daily Post by Hanno Fairburn of Opus Orchestra concert, Rotorua, 29 April 2018. What: Opus Orchestra Where: Destiny Church Theatre When: Sunday 29 April 2018 Once again the combination of conductor Peter Walls’s effective and informed direction, the verve of the players, and a programme which included unfamiliar treasures from the classical repertoire… Continue Reading

REVIEW: Wunderhorn (Tauranga 29 April 2018)

Saturday evening’s repugnant weather conditions could not deter a small yet dedicated group of concert-goers to hear Opus Orchestra perform a truly inspired programme of music. Maestro Walls and the orchestra opened the concert with Mozart’s extensive ballet music from his opera Idomeneo. Opus has always played Mozart exceptionally well and this performance was no… Continue Reading

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