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Beethoven and Brass

Beethoven & Brass - Eroica and Trombone Concerto
19 Jun 2021
4 pm Saturday 19 June
Bay of Plenty Symphonia presents Beethoven and Brass - an orchestral concert featuring Beethoven's Eroica Symphony and solo trombonist Joe Thomas
Event type: 
Cultural, Live event, Music
Holy Trinity Church
215 Devonport Road, Tauranga
Bay of Plenty


Beethoven's Eroica Symphony is the centre-piece of this concert from the Bay's community orchestra. Acknowledged as one of the most influential compositions ever and remarkable for its many musical innovations, it caused a sensation when first performed due to its scale and raw emotion. Originally writing it for Napoleon Bonaparte, Beethoven changed the title to Eroica (or Heroic) after becoming disillusioned when Napoleon crowned himself emperor.

Mendelssohn's The Fair Melusine was written after the composer watched the opera about Melusine - a figure from middle European folklore who was part woman, part fish or serpent. Unimpressed, Mendelssohn was determined to demonstrate how the subject might be treated better musically and considered the piece the best and most intimate thing he had ever written.

Twentieth century Danish composer Launy Grøndahl was a child prodigy, studying and composing music at the age of 8 and playing the violin professionally aged 13. This three-movement work is challenging and dramatic but is one of the most frequently performed trombone concertos. Our featured soloist is Tauranga-based, Joe Thomas. Joe studied at the NZ School of Music then worked for the NZ Army band before returning to live in his home town.&nbsp

With an heroic symphony, a melodic overture and an uplifting concerto, this promises to be an interesting, musically satisfying concert.

TICKETS $10 - on sale from 17th May from Eventfinda and I-Sites. Booking fees apply.
Door sales vailable - cash only!

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Bay of Plenty Symphonia

6 May 2021