Serenade in D minor Op. 44 DVORÁK
Serenade No. 10 (Gran partita) MOZART
Serenade in E flat major Op. 7 STRAUSS
Friday 22 September 8 pm – Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato
Saturday 23 September 5 pm – Tauranga Art Gallery
Sunday 24 September 2 pm – St Andrew’s Church, Taupo
Conductor: Peter Walls
Three prodigious composers, three beautiful works, three unique venues.
The wind players of Opus Orchestra are frequently complimented by reviewers for their gorgeous solo lines, and next weekend audiences will have a rare opportunity to hear them perform together in a stunning wind-only programme. Included in the line-up of instruments is the rather intriguing basset horn. Basset horns are endangered species, and there are very few working pairs in New Zealand. Opus is extremely grateful to Bill Taylor of Tauranga, who refurbished his pair especially for their concert.
A member of the clarinet family but with a darker sound, the basset horn was probably invented around 1770, and Mozart was one of the key composers to utilise it. Mozart had a great love for woodwind and horns, and the programme will feature his remarkable ‘Gran Partita’. This work expertly utilises the characters of the different wind instruments in an unquestionably sublime work that continues to endear audiences.
Dvorak’s graceful Serenade in D minor is filled with Slavonic folk rhythms and harmonies, and stands proud as a well-loved work for both players and audience alike. Strauss composed his youthful Serenade in E-flat major, full of charm and vivacity, at just 17 years of age. While Strauss’s Serenade is less well-known than Dvorak’s, it is nonetheless a recognised masterpiece
Opus Winds, an ensemble of professional musicians from around New Zealand, under the baton of Maestro Peter Walls, will be touring this wonderful programme in Hamilton, Tauranga and Taupo in three unique venues.
NB – due to the size of our Hamilton and Tauranga venues, we recommend you book now! Limited door sales available.