MCSO – Festive Finale

Robin Toan and Uwe Grodd with the MCSO“The Manukau City Symphony Orchestra is in celebration mode for its Festive Finale concert this Saturday. Michael Houstoun has star billing, taking us to the Land of the Pyramids in Saint-Saens’ Egyptian Piano Concerto while Sibelius’ Finlandia features the young singers of Valley Voices with the orchestra. Also showcased is the talented young composer Robin Toan whose Fanfare for Manukau promises thrills aplenty as Toan, in her own words, “pushes it out”, having players shout, clap and stomp to catch the vibrancy that is South Auckland. Manukau City Symphony Orchestra: Genesis Energy Theatre (TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre), Saturday 7.30pm.”

-William Dart, NZ Herald, 28 November

Robin Toan and Uwe GroddThe Manukau City Symphony Orchestra’s Festive Finale concert was a great way to close out the year. The orchestra, conducted by Uwe Grodd played with energy and enthusiasm to a packed audience on Saturday night. The concert opened with Fanfare for Manukau and I was lucky enough to have hear it plaued not just once but twice! I particularly enjoyed the evening as the atmosphere was really relaxed. We all joined in with the music making at the end when we sung Christmas carols.

I have more pictures from the concert in my photogallery.

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