Central Otago Regional Orchestra presents Autumn Romance

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Posted 2 April, 2024
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The Central Otago Regional Orchestra is delighted to join with internationally renowned, Queenstown based pianist Kinga Krupa to present their April concert series, 'Autumn Romance', showcasing a programme with flavours of romance ranging from Beethoven to Tchaikovsky to Grieg.

The planning and concept for this concerts series with Kinga has been several years in the making, and promises to be well worth the wait! 

Sunday, the 7th of April, will see Kinga and the orchestra performing in Queenstown, the first time the local regional orchestra has performed there in a number of years. Kinga and our Queenstown-based players look forward to performing in front of a home audience at the Queenstown Memorial Theatre at 2pm.

Polish born, living in Queenstown since 2017, Kinga obtained her B.Mus. (Hons.) in Poland.  Kinga has completed a Master of Musical Arts in Piano Performance with Distinction at Victoria University, Wellington, studying with Jian Liu, and loves to share her knowledge with students on a daily basis.

Kinga comments ‘‘We are very excited to host our own Central Otago Regional Orchestra in Queenstown! I am personally looking forward to joining the Orchestra to play Beethoven's 3rd Piano Concerto in C minor, this timeless piece of music is bold, nostalgic and electrifying, a true cocktail of emotions!"

Complementing the Beethoven will be two pieces by Tchaikovsky. ‘Alla Tedesca’ from Symphony in D Major, and the well-loved ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Movement, where the lilting waltz will transport you to the ballet itself as well as ballrooms of the past. Not least will be Grieg’s ‘Sigurd Jorsalfar’, (three orchestra pieces from the Incidental Music).  From its Introduction in the Kings Hall, it moves on to the dream-like (at times a little dark!) Intermezzo and the marching third movement, ‘Huldigungmarsch’.

The orchestra is once again delighted to perform under the baton of conductor Ashley Hopkins.  Ashley has previously directed the Auckland Secondary Schools Orchestra and conducted for the North Shore Concert Band. Ashley performed for years as an associate player for the Auckland Philharmonia and has played with the NZSO. Ashley and his wife Jacqui both currently play with the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, Ashley is a member of the OPUS orchestra, and has led the Roxburgh Pioneer Energy Brass band for the last 3 years. 

All the above means that audiences are in for a wonderful concert series.  Tickets ($25 with school children free) are available at:

  • Unichem Alexandra Pharmacy, Alexandra
  • Lakes District Museum, Arrowtown
  • Unichem Summerfield’s Pharmacy. Frankton

And  https://www.undertheradar.co.nz

*Kinga and the orchestra will also perform together in Alexandra on Saturday the 6th of April, at 7.30 pm, where they are delighted to showcase the newly renovated Alexandra Memorial Theatre, and the theatre's grand piano.


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