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

Creative New Zealand investing in the Waikato

Creative New Zealand will invest $27 million in a wide range of arts organisations through its investment programmes in 2019, and for the first time, a Hamilton based organisation will be among them. The Arts Council of Creative New Zealand has agreed its annual funding through its two multi-year investment programmes Toi Uru Kahikatea and Toi Tōtara Haemata… Continue Reading

“Quizzical Tipples and Tunes” coming to Whitianga

Creative Mercury Bay is bringing yet another treat to Whitianga, with a “Quizzical Tipples and Tunes” evening to be held in the Whitianga Town Hall on Saturday evening 1 September. OCTavo, a professional string ensemble made up of six to eight members of the Waikato’s Opus Orchestra, will be performing “music from the movies” during… 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

Review: TWSO & Cantando Choir ‘The Power of Two’

Who: TWSO and Cantando Choir: The Power of Two When: Saturday 11 November Where: Activate Church Work: Bizet and Mendelssohn Conductor: Rupert D’Cruze, Soloists: Elaine Wogan (soprano), Sarah Court (alto), Kolitha Jayatunge (tenor) and Jarvis Dams (bass), and boy soprano, Matthew Colvin. Reviewed by Andrew Buchanan-Smart   The Power of Two worked in this instance… Continue Reading

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