Moody blue pro­gramme

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A moody blue pro­gramme of fa­mous mu­sic is the per­fect match for a lazy Sun­day af­ter­noon. And while you’re there, ex­pe­ri­ence sur­round-sound — in real life! A unique twist on the tra­di­tional as play­ers move from the stage to per­form from van­tage points through­out the theatre.

Guest con­duc­tor Jus­tus Roze­mond has been de­light­ing sell-out au­di­ences in his home town of Tau­ranga. He is con­duct­ing the Trust Waikato Sym­phony Orches­tra in a vi­brant se­lec­tion of late-era or­ches­tral mu­sic in­clud­ing works that peo­ple fall in love with over and over again.

Works like Ger­swhin’s fa­mous Rhap­sody in Blue (1924). This was writ­ten a lit­tle over a month af­ter the com­poser learned he was to write a jazz con­certo from a news­pa­per ar­ti­cle ly­ing around a bil­liard par­lour. The piece is an ir­re­sistible blend of clas­si­cal and jazz id­ioms, and will fea­ture tal­ented young pi­anist and 2016 win­ner of the Univer­sity of Waikato Con­certo Com­pe­ti­tion, Noelle Dan­nen­bring.

Also on the pro­gramme is Roze­mond’s own ar­range­ment of Ger­swhin’s Three Pre­ludes, made es­pe­cially for the con­cert, and Bern­stein’s ever-pop­u­lar Se­lec­tions from West Side Story.

■ Rhap­sody in Blue has a sin­gle per­for­mance only, on Sun­day, May 20, 2pm, at Clarence Street Theatre. Tick­et­ing in­for­ma­tion can be found at www.or­ches­tras.org.nz, and door sales will be avail­able.

Photo / Supplied

Pi­anist Noelle Dan­nen­bring.

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