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PAST CONCERTS

REVIEW OF MARCH 2024 CONCERT

A Stunning Afternoon​

The near-capacity audience at The Dancing Violin, the first concert in the 2024 season, were treated to a stunning afternoon. Harris Leung was a superb concert master and David Kay, conducted with a brisk beat, his warm rapport with the players, very obvious. Edouard Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole Op. 21 brought Martin Riseley, one of New Zealand’s greatest violin talents, to the podium. It was a tour de force and received with rapturous applause

REVIEW OF OCTOBER 2023 CONCERT

Beethoven’s Triple


St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra’s 2023 Subscription series has been a memorable one, and without detracting from the wonders we have heard in the first five in the series, this final concert will remain vivid in the mind for a long time.

REVIEW OF SEPTEMBER 2023 CONCERT

Sweet Sadness


While the concert was titled Sweet Sadness, the latest SMCO concert conducted by Michael Joel, had plenty of jollity and light in a very varied programme. 

  


REVIEW OF AUGUST 2023 CONCERT

Oboe Brilliance

A highly successful concert, featuring a SMCO-commissioned work by Louise Webster, played with brilliance by NZ oboist Thomas Hutchinson. Conducted by Michael Joel, the orchestra also played a lively early Mozart symphony, and Mendelssohn's jubilant Italian symphony.

REVIEW OF JUNE 2023 CONCERT

Classical Grace and Elegance


St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra’s previous concert saw its audience and players well entrenched in 20th century jazz idioms.  In this, their latest performance, we were back in the late-eighteenth and first half of the nineteenth century.  Michael Joel, the orchestra’s musical director, is a great favourite with musicians and audience, and brought all the grace and charm of Fanny Mendelssohn, Mozart, and Schubert to a very appreciative audience.

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