SunLive Competition

Bay of Plenty Symphonia will meet the Taranaki Symphony Orchestra in a grand all-Russian concert on November 26 at Baycourt.

The two community orchestras will join forces to create a large ensemble, capable of playing some of the most magnificent music in the repertoire – which would be beyond the resources of each orchestra playing alone.

With works showcasing large string sections, triple woodwind and multiple brass and percussion, this ‘rendezvous’ will be a rare chance for Tauranga audiences to hear some great Russian masterpieces.

Tchaikovsky’s beloved first piano concerto will feature Italian soloist Flavio Villani, currently based in Auckland. Flavio is well-known to many music lovers through the 2015 documentary Crossing Rachmaninoff, which has screened on Air New Zealand flights and at many film festivals around the country.

No Russian concert would be complete without some Rachmaninov, and the combined orchestras are thrilled to be able to present the complete version of his epic 2nd Symphony. With haunting themes, sweeping melodies and lush orchestration, interspersed with lively, triumphant and fiery passages, this symphony is one of the best.

The concert opens with a short item from the well-known Lieutenant Kijé Suite by Prokofiev.

Music Director of Bay of Plenty Symphonia, Justus Rozemond, will share the conducting with his counterpart from the Taranaki Symphony Orchestra, Adam Jasinski.

The concert is at 2pm on Sunday, November 26, at Baycourt Addison Theatre, Tauranga. Tickets are $10 via, or from the Baycourt Box Office.

The Weekend Sun has one double pass to the Russian Rendezvous concert at Baycourt for one lucky reader.

Competition Results

Congratulations to Kristine Gaze!