Composer in concert


Beloved works by Sibelius and Prokofiev will be performed by the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra this Saturday under the baton of Marc Taddei.

American-born Taddei is the musical director of Orchestra Wellington and was recently appointed musical director of the Vallejo Symphony Orchestra in San Francisco, America.

Formerly director of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra from 2001-07, Taddei said he was looking forward to directing Saturday’s concert, which included Prokofiev’s “beautiful” Violin Concerto No.2, along with Symphony No. 2 by Sibelius.

The programme would begin with Luminous by leading New Zealand composer John Psathas, as a celebration of New Zealand Music Month, Taddei said.

“It’s always great to do his work.”

He was looking forward to working with renowned Russian soloist Ilya Gringolts, who was in the country as a judge for the 2017 Michael Hill International Violin Competition.

Taddei last worked with the DSO when the Royal New Zealand Ballet brought Giselleto the Regent Theatre in August last year.

He said the orchestra’s recent move to Hanover Hall – and the subsequent renovation of the space – were an example of building co-owner and DSO double bassist Lloyd Williams’ philanthropic “giving while still alive”.

The DSO was “really lucky” to have the space, he said.

Taddei took up the role with the Vallejo Symphony Orchestra last year.

He said his recent work with Orchestra Wellington, which included Firebird, as well as works by Houston and Debussy, and Beethoven’s Rite of Spring had also been going well.

“It’s been a very popular season.”

The Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, under conductor Marc Taddei, will perform Sibelius and Prokofiev on Saturday, at the Dunedin Town Hall, at 7.30pm.