Manukau Symphony Orchestra presents its Homeland concert at the Vodafone Events Centre on Saturday 25th November, 7.30pm.
Andrew Joyce, Principal Cellist with the NZSO, is joining forces with the MSO under the baton of Professor Uwe Grodd to bring Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B Minor to South Auckland. Although Dvořák was writing his concerto while living in New York, it is thoughts of his Czech homeland that infuse his work. Beautiful melodies, dreamy interludes and animated folk tunes and dances all flow from the composer’s pen to transport us to his Bohemia.
Sibelius is every bit as Finnish as Dvořák is Czech. His Symphony No 1 in E Minor takes us to the bleak, harsh landscape of Finland and we are drawn into the epic tales, Norse mythology and folk music that were so dear to the composer. This symphony was written close on the heels of Finlandia, the unofficial anthem of Finland, at a time when the Finnish people were struggling against Russian oppression. Despite the starkness of its opening, the symphony also exhibits lush romanticism and youthful vigour, allowing us to glimpse the real Finland beloved by Sibelius.
Come and share in the musical insights of two very different composers who wanted to express their affinity to their native homes. Take a journey to foreign lands from the comfort of a seat in the BNZ Theatre at the Vodafone Events Centre on Saturday 25th November.
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