20th August 2016 at 3pm in the Salvation Army Centre
Conductor: Isaac Henderson
Bizet, Jeux d'Enfants Suite
Prokofiev, Peter and the Wolf (with Ken Benn as Narrator)
Anthony Ritchie, Underwater Music
Saint Saens, Carnival of the Animals (with Kenn Benn as Narrator, various soloists)
Georges Bizet's Jeux d'enfants started life as a suite of a dozen miniatures, each a minute or two long, evoking children's games. He subsequently arranged five of these movements as a suite for orchestra, calling it either Jeux d'enfants like the original or Petite Suite. "Trompette et tambour" (Trumpet and Drum) is a march suitable for toy soldiers. A berceuse called "La Poupée" (The Doll) maintains a sweet, gently rocking lullaby. "La Toupie" suggests the abrupt stops and starts of a spinning top. Offering contrast with the top's energy is "Petit Mari, petite femme", a slow, tender movement inspired by children playing mothers and fathers. Finally, "Le Bal", a galop, brings the suite to an exuberant music-hall conclusion.
One of Camille Saint-Saëns' most well known compositions, "The Carnival of the Animals" was originally written to make fun of some of his friends. Now, it is enjoyed by children all over the world for the pictures it paints of animals. When Saint-Saëns was just a toddler, his mother and his great-aunt began teaching him music. He was only five years old when he gave his first public piano performance. When he was seven, he began to study with other teachers and had already begun composing his own music. He became one of the most famous French composers. Saint-Saëns also liked to write poetry, scientific papers, and essays about music.
(Acknowledgement: Dallas Symphony Orchestra Kids http://www.dsokids.com)
Our performance of the Mendelssohn Incidental Music commemorates the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death this year.
Entry to this concert is by donation (koha).
Date: Sunday 27 May 2018, 2.30pm
Venue: Regent Theatre, Broadway Avenue, Palmerston North
Our co-host and generous funding supporter is the China Cultural Centre in New Zealand.
Conductor: Canwei Li
Mozart, overture to Nozze di Figaro
Concerto, 'Little sisters of the Grasslands', with pipa soloist Min Gao (the pipa is a traditional Chinese stringed instrument)
Ludwig van Beethoven, 6th Symphony
Xian Xinghai, Yellow River Concerto, with piano soloist Xing Wang
With generous funding support from the China Cultural Centre in New Zealand
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Evelyn Rawlins Arts Trust