Delightfully varied afternoon programme

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Charismatic . . . Dunedin Symphony Orchestra violinist Ngaruaroha Martin. PHOTO: DSO/PIETER DU PLESSIS

REVIEW

DUNEDIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PLAYERS CONCERT

Sunday, March 8 Hanover Hall

The Dunedin Symphony Orchestra players proved their chamber music mettle once again, presenting a delightfully varied programme in Sunday’s concert.

The afternoon began with flautist Feby Idrus revealing the rich sound of the alto flute in a meditative performance of Bach’s Sarabande

A change of pace followed quickly, as charismatic violinist Ngaruaroha Martin and violist Ben Pinkney gave an energetic performance of the third movement Manuel Ponce’s vibrant Sonata a Duo

A six-strong cello ensemble, led by Heleen du Plessis, performed two contrasting works with aplomb Gareth Farr’s sad and beautiful Ascent, followed by a toe-tapping, lively rendition of Shostakovich’s Waltz No.

Trumpet duo Ralph Miller and Patrick Lepine were amusing and hugely entertaining, showcasing their considerable technical skill in Goedicke’s Concert Etude, Balay’s Andante et Allegro, and Clarke’s virtuosic Carnival of Venice, while keeping it light and fun.

Flute Concerto by Dunedin’s own Anthony Ritchie was given an authoritative and sensitive performance by Feby Idrus on a concert flute, with accompaniment from pianist John van Buskirk.

The duo tackled the work’s shifting rhythms and melodies with poise, bringing it to sparkling life.

Already replete with wonderful music, the audience was treated to a spectacular final act in the concert a vibrant string quartet performance of Winter from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

Led by the inimitable Ngaruaroha Martin on violin, with Frances Christian-Farrow (violin), Ben Pinkney (viola), and Greta McClean (cello), the quartet worked beautifully together to give this spectacular Baroque work its due.

All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon of entertainment.