Manukau Symphony Orchestra: 10-course classical degustation

The Manukau Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is serving up a ‘10-course classical degustation’ of operatic and concert masterpieces.

It will feature four soloists in an Opera Night on Saturday August 22, 7.30pm at the Vodafone Events Centre. A guest conductor with roots in Howick is also on the card.

The community orchestra comprising a unique mix of professional, youth and community players will be joined by Dame Malvina Major Foundation Studio artists Harry Grigg (tenor), Anna Simmons (soprano) and Felicity Tomkins (soprano), performing well-known arias by Mozart, Lalo, Léhar, Puccini, Bernstein and more.

New Zealand Opera’s general director Thomas de Mallet Burgess says the Company is delighted to collaborate with Manukau Symphony Orchestra for the first time.

“These three talented young singers are just about to wrap up their time as Dame Malvina Major Foundation Studio Artists and head overseas to further their careers. The audience has a special opportunity to see this exciting talent early in their careers.”

Ray Chan, from Howick but now in Ellerslie, returns as guest conductor, and will be working with prize-winning cellist Dominic Lee in Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme and Piazzolla’s Oblivion.

“Dominic is an extraordinarily gifted artist with a musical aptitude and technical facility. It has been no surprise to follow Dominic’s meteoric rise to success to becoming one of our country’s foremost young musicians on the global stage,” says Chan.

“After a tough 2020 for our country and our arts industry, I look forward to uniting with the MSO in their first post-lockdown concert to celebrate the progress we have made, as the team of five million, to be able to present this concert.”

Beethoven’s Fidelio Overture and Verdi’s La Forza Del Destino Overture will set the tone for each half of the concert.

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