Classical hits for concert
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.