Juilliard 23-piece chamber orchestra performs tonight

Next generation . . . Extraordinary 23-piece chamber orchestra Juilliard415 brings a programme of baroque music to Dunedin in a concert tonight at the Glenroy Auditorium. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

New Zealand audiences have a rare opportunity to hear a 23-piece chamber orchestra from New York, as Juilliard415 tours the country with Chamber Music New Zealand.

Hailing from the prestigious Juilliard School in New York, Juilliard415 will perform tonight, from 7.30pm at Dunedin’s Glenroy Auditorium.

One of the world’s top music, drama, and dance schools, the Juilliard School is responsible for training some of the world’s best artists, from Robin Williams to Renee Fleming, Yo-Yo Ma to Miles Davis.

Tonight’s performance by Juilliard415 will feature a programme of baroque music from Italy and France.

The Italian baroque period included characters such as Vivaldi, Corelli, and Handel, who often wrote music for rich, red-robed cardinals in Rome.

The French baroque featured the music of Lully, Rameau and Marais, writing for the Sun King (Louis XIV) and his decadent court at Versailles.

The French and Italian music of 300 years ago will be contrasted by a new work, written for Juilliard415 by New Zealand Arts Laureate Dame Gillian Whitehead.

The programme includes Overture to Agrippina by Handel, Dances from Semele by Marais, Concerto for Flute by Vivaldi, Sonata V in G Major by Muffat, Concerto grosso in D major by Corelli, Time Steps Out of Life by Gillian Whitehead, and Suite from Dardanus by Rameau.