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Manawatu Youth Orchestra May 28th


May 28th 7.30pm  Speirs Centre


Conductor: Isaac Henderson


Saint Saens, Cello Concerto No.1 (Soloist: Joanna Dann)
Beethoven, Symphony No.1 (1st Movement)
Elgar, Salut d'Amour
Gretry, Pantomime from Zemire & Azor
Haydn, Symphony No. 94 "Surprise" (2nd Movement)
Schubert, Ballet Music I & II from Rosamunde


Review: Manawatu Youth Orchestra 28 May 2016

Carl Nielsen

The Manawatu Youth Orchestra and conductor Isaac Henderson continue to mature with every concert.  Last night at the Speirs Centre, both demonstrated new levels of musicality performing a thoroughly enjoyable concert.

The highlight was soloist Joanna Dann’s accomplished performance of Saint-Saën’s first cello concerto.  Dann performed this bravura work by memory with assured technique and sensitivity.  Spotless intonation and nimble finger work made for an effortless delivery we shall remember. The orchestra’s principal cellist is in her final school year so we will follow her progress with interest.  The many supporting wind solos here, as throughout the concert, were played with sensitivity.

This orchestra’s string sections continue to delight. Its young violinists in particular played with an authority that we were immediately made aware of in the opening Rosamunde ballet music by Schubert.  Their ensemble in Haydn’s Surprise Symphony second music was indeed a pleasant surprise!

But it was in the first movement of Beethoven’s first symphony that the orchestra really excelled.  Here the orchestra’s wind and string sections played masterfully together to provide a confident and assured performance.  Henderson kept a lightness of touch but built tension to give an exciting conclusion to a memorable concert.



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