Past Concerts


7.30pm Friday 4th and 2.30pm Sunday 6th August      cropped-2017_3.jpg

Waiapu Cathedral, Browning Street, Napier

Lisa Harper-Brown: Soprano

Joel Amosa: Bass

Hawke’s Bay Orchestra

Of a performance of Handel’s Messiah, Haydn remarked that he “was struck as if he had been put back to the beginning of his studies and known nothing up until that moment”. His Creation was his response: an oratorio depicting no less than the creation of the world itself, as told in Genesis. The result of years of study and work, and immediately successful, it now stands as one of his greatest triumphs. Haydn’s Creation was the first work performed by the Napier Civic Choir under musical director José Aparicio, in 2011, and it is very special for us to be able to programme it again.

Orchestral 2

7.30pm 5th August cropped-2017_4.jpg

Waiapu Cathedral, Browning Street, Napier

Vesa-Matti Leppänen: Violin

Andrew Joyce: Cello

Hawke’s Bay Orchestra

Conductor: José Aparicio

After his stunning performance of Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in 2016, we are delighted to welcome back NZSO concertmaster Vesa-Matti Leppänen, here joined by NZSO principal cellist Andrew Joyce in Brahms’ late masterwork – the double concerto. Dvořák’s masterful seventh symphony is regarded by many music critics as his greatest. Inspired by the struggle for a Czech homeland, the music is often dark and stormy, yet with moments of sheer vibrance and, eventually, triumph. It is nothing less than Dvořák at his finest.


7.30pm Friday 7 April and 2.30pm Sunday 9 April cropped-2017_1.jpg
Waiapu Cathedral, Browning Street, Napier

Pasquale Orchard: Soprano

Victoria Lambourn: Mezzo-soprano

Declan Cudd: Tenor

Alex Lee: Bass

Matteo Napoli: Piano

Written more than 30 years after his “retirement”, Rossini composed the Petite Messe Solennelle partly as an act of devotion and partly as a chance to leave a final legacy – lasting evidence of his talent for writing choral music. Despite the somewhat ironic name, the final product is large in scale and every bit as dramatic as would be expected from the composer of 39 successful operas. A real showcase of the Napier Civic Choir, this concert will be performed without orchestra, with accompaniment instead provided by acclaimed pianist Matteo Napoli, whose entrancing performances in 2014 and 2015 delighted our audiences.

Orchestral 1

7.30pm Saturday 8 April cropped-2017_2.jpg
Iona College, Havelock North

Matteo Napoli: Piano

Thomas Wilkinson: Trumpet

Hawke’s Bay Orchestra

This intimate concert offers three very different perspectives from Russian composers. We open with a transcription of Shostakovich’s deeply personal 8th string quartet, a glimpse into the soul of a Soviet artist tormented by years of persecution by the communist party. In contrast, his first piano concerto comes from his happier youth, and contains a vibrant and eclectic selection of music – at times serious, at times wickedly funny – for the perfectly matched combination of solo piano, solo trumpet, and string orchestra. We are delighted to once again feature Matteo Napoli on piano. Finally, Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings is an elegant work that looks back to earlier music, and which Tchaikovsky regarded as one of his finest compositions.