Orchestra primed for concert
The Tawa Community Orchestra will be playing its first concert for 2016 on Sunday.
The concert, Overtures& Dancing – will be held at the Salvation Army Hall, 177 Main Rd, Tawa, on May 29 at 2pm.
The programme of well-known overtures, marches and waltzes will be complemented by the Johnsonville Sequence Dancers, who will join the orchestra to perform during many of the items.
Orchestra director and conductor Andrew Aitkins said everyone knew and loved the William Tell Overture (the Lone Ranger theme to many), Orpheus and the Underworld (The Can-Can theme) and the Don Giovanni Overture by Mozart.
‘‘Being our first concert of the year, where the orchestra are welcoming a number of new members, we thought this would be a lyrical and light-hearted intro into the ranks,’’ he said.
The Tawa Community Orchestra consists of keen amateurs from the Tawa College Community Education programme.
They come together on Monday nights to rehearse and learn the dynamics of being part of a full orchestra, including rehearsal techniques, sectionals and performance.
‘‘It’s one thing to be able to play on your own, but another whole learning experience to play as part of a large and eclectic musical team’’, said Aitkins, who completed a masters degree of music at Victoria University’s school of music this year.
‘‘The concerts also provide an ideal opportunity for the local community – especially families – to enjoy an orchestral experience in a relaxed and personal way.’’
The concert is at the Tawa Salvation Army Hall, 177 Main Rd, on May 29 at 2pm.
Tawa Community Orchestra are all set for their concert on Sunday.