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Programme - 2008 Autumn Concert

50th Anniversary Concert of
the Hutt Valley Concert Orchestra

St James Church, Woburn Road near Library, Lower Hutt
Saturday 19th April at 7.30pm
Conductor:   Brent Stewart
Soloist:  Yoshiko Tsuruta, on Marimba

The Anniversary Concert.

To celebrate our 50 years of music making we have a very special concert lined up complete with birthday cake!  We are hoping that as many previous orchestra members as possible will be able to come and enjoy a chance to listen to the orchestra as it is today and socialise about “old times”.

We will be performing well-known favourites Karelia Suite by Sibelius and Grieg’s Wedding Day at Troldhaugen along with the stunning marimba concerto by Brazilian composer Ney Rosauro and a specially commissioned work for the anniversary, Recipe for Disaster by Auckland composer Claire Cowan.

Marimba Soloist Yoshiko

YoshikoThe soloist in the concerto is brilliant marimba player Yoshiko Tsuruta, who won the Victoria University Concerto competition last year with her performance of this concerto. She has continued to excel with a winning performance on March 8 2008 in the Christchurch Concerto Competition.  

At the Registered Music Teachers’ Conference in January, Yoshiko delighted all with her involvement in the music.

Claire Cowan's commissioned work

The Recipe for Disaster has been composed for a split orchestra. One orchestra, split in two, with two separate conductors!  You can understand the composer’s title now. We will have our previous conductor Stuart Douglas as the second conductor for this effective piece.  With sections called “Exotic spices”, “Stravinsky strikes back” and “Cheesy pop” there are plenty of surprises in this work.

logo - SOUNZ

SOUNZ Community Commission. Claire's composition was commissioned by SOUNZ as the 2007 recipient of an annual award. "The SOUNZ Community Commission is sponsored by an anonymous donor and administered by SOUNZ. The commission encourages community groups (amateur musicians) to work closely with a professional composer." In the announcement last year, you can read why SOUNZ were so enthusiastic, about both Claire and the work. This work is now one of the many New Zealand compositions available from SOUNZ.


Adults : $15.00
Seniors : $12.00
School students : $8.00
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