Review: Opus Orchestra – Born in the USA (Rotorua)

WHERE: DESTINY CHURCH THEATRE, ROTORUA WHEN: SATURDAY 20 JULY 2019 The orchestra started the 2019 season in fine fashion with ‘Born in the USA’, a programme which contrasts music with American links and traditional compositions. Conductor Peter Walls had chosen works which made the concert gratifying to both players and audience. Robert Schumann’s ‘Overture, Scherzo and… Continue Reading

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

TWSO Sunset Symphony

TWSO Sunset Symphony

I want to say a heartfelt Thank You Very Much! The Sunset Symphony last night was a stunning success. Gates opened before 6 pm, the audience had a great time before the concert, Wai Tako was a good idea as a curtain raiser, food trucks seem to have been busy. TWSO was really good this… Continue Reading

Review: Sunset Symphony, HGAF 2019

What: Sunset Symphony Who: Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Rupert D’Cruze​Where: Rhododendron Lawn, Hamilton Gardens When: Sunday night Reviewed by: Sam Edwards The Rhododendron Lawn at the Hamilton Gardens will hold an audience of something over 4000, and tonight it was chocka. The whole of the Waikato community was represented – along with the odd foreigner from climes like Wellington and The Bay.… Continue Reading

Sensing Music – our history

OUR HISTORY: In August 2017, Orchestras Central presented  ‘Sensing Music’ –  a weekend of orchestral music that celebrated the breadth of talent in our community, and gave audiences the chance to enjoy performances in new, exciting and sometimes challenging ways. Orchestral music can engage all the senses and this ‘feast’ encouraged existing music lovers,  and those… Continue Reading

Sensing Music 2018

Following on from the sell-out success of ‘The Pied Piper of Pirongia’ in 2017, Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra presented a brand-new show, with an opportunity for audience to get up close and personal with the musicians and their instruments. Conducted by local conductor Oliver Barratt (also known for leading the Rusty Player Orchestra and conducting the… Continue Reading