Sinfonia returns to hall

Anna LeeseThe Southern Sinfonia returns to the Dunedin Town Hall for its international series subscription concerts this year. The new programme is launched today.

Because of the Town Hall renovations, the concerts start a little later this year.

The first concert celebrates the reopening of the hall and its organ with the famous Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony, on June 8, and the organ will be heard again in the second concert, on August 10, in Elgar's Sursum Corda.

Both also include piano concertos, Sergio Tiempo performing Ravel's Piano Concerto in G in June and Russian pianist Nikolai Demidenko returning to play Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 in a Russian concert.

Emma<br /> FraserThe third in the international concert series, on September 21, includes Mozart's Mass in C minor, with former Dunedin singers, sopranos Anna Leese and Emma Fraser, tenor Benjamin Madden and baritone Joel Amosa with the City Choir and Southern Youth Choir.

Two matinee series concerts at the Kings and Queens Performing Arts Centre on May 18 and 19 and July 20 and 21 feature harpist Helen Webby in Handel's Harp Concerto Op. 4 No. 6 and cellist Ashley Brown in Haydn's Cello Concerto No. 1.


The programme
For more information visit www.southernsinfonia.org or pick up a brochure.