FB 1 Bolero

Bolero | 7.30pm Saturday, 9 March
Ray Chan Conductor
Matthew Verrill Trumpet
Melody Lin Flute
RAVEL Bolero

GERALD FINZI Ecologue for Piano & Strings

NERUDA Concerto for Trumpet in Eb


JOHN RUTTER Suite Antique

TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 Overture


Our year begins with the sensational Bolero – French composer Maurice Ravel’s most famous work. Originally conceived as a ballet, Bolero soon became a purely orchestral piece. At its first performance a woman was heard to cry ‘Au fou! Au fou!’ (The Madman! The Madman!), to which Ravel replied ‘That lady …. She understood.’ Be enthralled, as were the audiences in 1928, and tap and sway with the mesmerizing rhythms and melody of the one and only Bolero.

We welcome two of ‘our own’ to perform as soloists in this first concert of the year: Matthew Verrill, Principal Trumpet, and Melody Lin, Principal Flute. Matthew brings us a most popular Trumpet Concerto by the Classical Czech composer, Johann Baptist Georg Neruda, while Melody will perform the Suite Antique for flute and strings by English composer John Rutter.’ And we are in for a surprise when conductor, Ray Chan, takes to the piano for Gerald Finzi’s Ecologue for Piano and Strings.

NZ composer Warwick Blair’s work, Whānau, encourages the orchestra to perform in an improvisational style.

We conclude this momentous programme with Tchaikovsky’s mighty 1812 Overture written to commemorate the successful Russian defence, in 1812, against Napoleon’s Grande Armée – said to be one of the greatest fighting forces ever assembled.

Premium A Reserve: B Reserve:
Adult: $73 Adult: $55 Adult: $43
Student: $18 Student: $18 Student: $18
Senior: $63 Senior: $49 Senior: $347
A light supper will be served after the concert and can be pre-paid with your ticket for $8
For tickets, you may book online at or or you may call (09) 5773031
Venue: BNZ Theatre
Vodafone Events Centre
770 Great South Rd
Parking: Gate 1, Northern Carpark. $4.00 for the first hour and 0.50 cents per hour thereafter. Payment via credit card, Vodafone text or Eftpos only. No cash. Liquor ban zone in all external areas