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PAST CONCERTS

 

REVIEW OF OCTOBER 2022 CONCERT

Spellbinding Elgar Cello Concerto

SMCO's final concert of the season was a huge success for the players, soloist Catherine Kwak and conductor David Kay. As well as Elgar's Cello Concerto and Engima Variations, it also featured works by NZ composers Anthony Ritchie and Louise Webster

REVIEW OF SEPTEMBER 2022 CONCERT

Helene Pohl in Outstanding Form

Michael Joel, the SMCO’s musical director, always a favourite with both orchestra and audiences, was conductor of September’s hugely popular programme. Rachel Moxham led the orchestra with style and verve, and Helene Pohl gave a stellar performance as the soloist in the Beethoven Violin Concerto

REVIEW OF AUGUST 2022 CONCERT

Brilliant Sylvia Jiang in the Grieg Piano Concerto

The concerto was a tour de force for Jiang and the orchestra and Jiang fully deserved the standing ovation.  What a privilege to have Jiang back in New Zealand during a summer break from her studies at the Juilliard School of Music in New York

REVIEW OF JULY 2022 CONCERT

Bravo Diedre Irons, David Kay and Beethoven

SMCO’s Emperor concert might very well not have happened. Instead, it became a performance to long remember.  It presented an interesting collection of pieces, it had a stellar soloist in Diedre Irons, and a brilliant conductor in David Kay who stood in at late notice for Michael Joel.