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Manawatu Sinfonia 19 November 2017

Sunday November 19th at 2.30pm. 

Speirs Centre, PN Boys High School, Featherston Street (opposite Mega Mitre 10).

Conductor: Donald Armstrong.

Soloists: Melanie and Nathan Pinkney. 


Mozart, Overture to Don Giovanni

Mozart, Sinfonia concertante for violin, viola, and orchestra in E flat major, K. 364


Gareth Farr,Waipoua for solo clarinet and strings

Beethoven, Symphony no 1

Mozart composed his Sinfonia concertante for violin, viola, and orchestra in E flat major, K. 364, in 1779-80, in the hope that it would help him in his plans to move from Salzburg to Paris. The work truly showcases his talents. The opening Allegro maestoso movement is bright and declamatory. The middle Andante movement, in C minor, features an intense dialogue between the soloists and an orchestra texture enriched by divisi viola section. A Presto movement in rondo form closes the work. Himself a keen violist, Mozart wrote the viola part with a higher tuning than is usual, so as to give the instrument a brighter sound and avoid its being overshadowed by the more penetrating violin sound.

Gareth Farr writes, ‘Waipoua is an exploration of the lyrical and emotional capabilities of my favourite wind instrument, the clarinet. It is also a recollection of a memorable trip to the Waipoua State Forest, with its healing air, cool green light, delicate echoing sounds, and the overwhelming sight of Tane-Mahuta, the giant Kauri.’ (Acknowledgements to Sounz Centre for NZ Music / Toi te Arapuoru)



2015 Sponsors

ECCT community trust        Pub charity    
Milverton Trust
Performance Trust



2016 Sponsors


          Evelyn Rawlins Arts Trust 

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