Clas­si­cal hits for con­cert

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - JEFF MCNEILL

The Manawatu Sinfonia will be bust­ing out the clas­si­cal hits on Sun­day.

Even if they don’t know Mozart, most peo­ple are fa­mil­iar with his Clar­inet Con­certo.

It’s a top 10 clas­si­cal piece and is on the sound­track of films such as The Trans­porter, The King’s Speech and Out of Africa. In­spec­tor Morse was also par­tial to it.

Palmer­ston North clar­inet­tist Stephen Wild­bore will per­form the piece in the Manawatu Sinfonia’s fi­nal con­cert for the year at the Speirs Cen­tre. ‘‘It’s such a great work,’’ Wild­bore said. The long-time prin­ci­pal clar­inet­tist in the Sinfonia, Wild­bore also plays in and con­ducts the Manawatu Con­cert Band, per­form­ing in the Con­cert Band’s end-of-year con­cert at the same venue on Saturday night.

He rel­ished the op­por­tu­nity to stand out in front of the or­ches­tra in­stead of be­ing back in the wood­wind sec­tion.

The Sinfonia will be guided by an­other lo­cal mu­si­cian, An­drew Atkins, who is per­haps best known lo­cally as a pi­anist, hav­ing given sev­eral solo recitals in the city while study­ing at Vic­to­ria Univer­sity.

Now study­ing con­duct­ing with Ken Young, Atkins has been out front of sev­eral lo­cal or­ches­tras in­clud­ing the Kapiti Coast Or­ches­tra ear­lier this year. He said Haydn’s 1795 Sym­phony 104, the Lon­don, is an­other firm au­di­ence favourite on Sun­day’s pro­gramme.

‘‘Haydn is such a mas­ter. It is amaz­ingly well con­structed, but at the same time the au­di­ence can just ap­pre­ci­ate his gen­tle wit and so­phis­ti­ca­tion that shine through­out in this sym­phony. It is a smash hit for a rea­son,’’ Atkins said.

The Sinfonia is also play­ing sea­sonal piece Pas­torale d’E´te´ ( Sum­mer Pas­torale) by French com­poser Arthur Hon­neg­ger.

The Manawatu Sinfonia con­ducted by An­drew Atkins, with Stephen Wild­bore, clar­inet, is in the Speirs Cen­tre at 2:30pm, Sun­day, Novem­ber 13.

Manawatu con­cert pi­anist and con­duc­tor An­drew Atkins will be at the helm for the Manawatu Sinfonia on Sun­day.

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