This event has been postponed until further notice.
Presented by: Bay of Plenty Symphonia
In their winter concert, Bay of Plenty Symphonia is on track to triumph over the difficulties they faced with Covid-19, with a programme that celebrates victory over hardship and sadness. The featured soloist is trombonist Joe Thomas, and Timothy Carpenter is the Guest Conductor. Also with special guest performers, the young players of Youth Philharmonic Tauranga.
The Symphonia’s concert opens with the bittersweet strains of Douce Tristesse (Sweet Sadness) by contemporary NZ composer Kenneth Young. This haunting work has been recorded by the NZ Symphony Orchestra but is not often heard on the concert stage.
Local award-winning trombonist, Joe Thomas, joins the orchestra for the Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra by Launy Grøndahl. By turns passionate, lyrical and intense, Grøndahl’s concerto has become one of the most popular works in the trombone repertoire. Joe Thomas is from a Tauranga family with a strong brass band heritage. Since graduating from the NZ School of Music, he has played professionally throughout New Zealand in numerous orchestras and bands, including the New Zealand Army Band. Passionate about music education, Joe is currently an itinerant music teacher and band coach in the Western Bay. He has performed as a soloist with many of NZ’s top brass bands.
Valse Triste is the well-known opening movement of Sibelius’s evocative Kuolema Suite, which concludes in a lighter, more romantic mood and is followed by Poulenc’s cheerful Sinfonietta with its triumphant climax.
Guest Conductor, Timothy Carpenter from Hamilton, is a conductor, organist, cellist, musical director and singer. He has recently completed his Masters of Music specialising in conducting and is emerging as one of New Zealand’s most active and promising young conductors.
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