APO presents the best of French music
Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, with Jean Deroyer (conductor) and Amy Dickson (saxophone)
Joie de Vivre, featuring music by Ravel, Dubois and Dukas.
Auckland Town Hall
Next week the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra presents a concert of French orchestral pieces with a distinctly Gallic flavour.
Featured soloist for the ‘Joie de Vivre’ concert is saxophonist Amy Dickson, who impressed audiences on her last visit to the APO with her own transcription of Philip Glass’s Violin Concerto. This time she plays Dubois’s Saxophone Concerto, a work with all the sultry allure of a Parisian nightclub.
The concerto is one of two works to receive its New Zealand professional debut on the night. The other is Dukas’s Symphony in C. Dukas who is best known as the composer of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, but his symphony was also immensely successful, and is a colourful, effervescent work that appears regularly on European programmes.
The concert opens with Ravel’s suite of nursery tales, Mother Goose.
Leading the orchestra is the French conductor Jean Deroyer, music director of Ensemble Court-Circuit. Acclaimed for his ability to bring the musicians right in to the heat of moment and present each work’s poetic uniqueness to the audience, he is considered one of the leading lights in the new generation of French conductors.
“These works are all evocatively French and yet they sound quite different from each other,” says APO Chief Executive Barbara Glaser. “Taken together they capture what’s so special about French music. We’re delighted that among the pieces are two New Zealand premieres, and we couldn’t ask for better advocates for this music than Amy Dickson and Jean Deroyer.”