Pure en­ergy con­cert

Bay News - - YOUR PETS - By Leon Gray

There’s only one thing that beats an eclec­tic programme in an or­ches­tral per­for­mance— an ‘elec­tric’ one that a small but en­chanted au­di­ence got on Satur­day af­ter­noon at Tau­ranga Boys Col­lege.

The premiere per­for­mance in­cluded New Zealand com­poser Gareth Farr’s marimba con­certo, per­formed by Tau­ranga’s Yoshiko Tsu­ruta and Opus Orches­tra un­der the ba­ton of Peter Walls with Gareth present.

Gareth’s highly-charged score drew the au­di­ence in; tense ag­i­tato in the lower reg­is­ter of the orches­tra punc­tu­ated by Yoshiko’s un­be­liev­able mal­let­work, ef­fort­lessly ris­ing through the range as the work pro­gressed, cul­mi­nat­ing in a suitably elec­tri­fy­ing fi­nale.

Gareth’s un­der­stand­ing of per­cus­sion­writ­ing­was clear through­out, cap­tur­ing in a con­tem­po­rary, yet ap­proach­able melodic lan­guage, not only the marimba’s nat­u­rally en­er­getic tim­bre but also its sub­tle lyri­cism and its abil­ity to sing gen­tly and hyp­not­i­cally. Yoshiko Tsu­ruta.

The rest of the programme was equally en­gag­ing, open­ing with Bach’s el­e­gant Ou­ver­ture Suite No 1. The orches­tra cap­tured its French-in­spired or­na­men­ta­tion beau­ti­fully and full credit needs to go to Joy Liu, Felic­ity Than and Philip Sum­ner for their vir­tu­osic work on oboes and bas­soon.

Haydn’s Farewell Sym­phony was a fine choice to com­plete the programme, with the cus­tom­ary com­edy of the mu­si­cians grad­u­ally walk­ing out dur­ing the last move­ment, leav­ing only two mu­si­cians on stage.

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