Brett Kelly - Conductor Helen Webby - Harp Stephen Cranefield - Clarinet
Handel: Harp Concerto Op. 4 No. 6 Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 Gareth Farr: Waipoua (Clarinet: Stephen Cranefield) Ravel: Introduction and Allegro Mozart: Symphony No. 35, Haffner
Handel's Harp Concerto (soloist Helen Webby is Christchurch Symphony Orchestra's Principal Harp) was originally incidental music for an opera, but is now also immensely popular as an organ concerto. Ravel was commissioned to compose Introduction and Allegro to display the expressive range of the then-new double-action pedal harp, and the work delicately explores the colours of the harp, flute, clarinet and strings.
Gareth Farr describes Waipoua as "a recollection of a memorable trip to the Waipoua State Forest...its healing air, cool green light, delicate echoing sounds, and the overwhelming sight of Tane-Mahuta". May is New Zealand Music Month.
Mozart's elegant Haffner Symphony and Beethoven's powerful Symphony No. 4 round off the programme conducted by Melbourne-based conductor Brett Kelly.
May 18, 2013 4:00PM
King's and Queen's Performing Arts Centre
270 Bay View Road
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