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Meet the MSO Brass Section

Written by Kate Candy Colbert Trumpets, trombones, and the tuba are the foundation of the orchestral brass section. They have one thing in common…they can play loudly!! The brass section adds drama, depth, and excitement to orchestral music. Ask a brass player if they like playing the opening melodic lines in Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony and …

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Meet the MSO Horn Section

Photo above, from left to right: Christine Breeden, Sarah Thompson and Yih-Hsin Huang in the Brahms Violin Concerto Concert this year (John Jensen also played, but is not shown here). Written by Kate Candy Colbert Those shiny brass instruments at the back of the orchestra on stage are known as the Horn and Brass Sections …

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Orchestra Manager, Logistics and Stage Manager: Russell Finnemore

Interview by Kate Candy Colbert Behind the Scenes is a series that focuses on essential roles within the Manukau Symphony Orchestra behind the eye of the public. We will be interviewing individuals who are in these important roles. Our first essential role is: Orchestra Manager, Logistics and Stage Manager Russell Finnemore Photo by Randy Weaver …

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Meet Yi Jin, MSO Harpist

Written by Kate Candy Colbert Yi Jin is our resident MSO Harpist and foundational member of MSO, and we always look forward to her joining our rehearsals and concert performance in our concert venue. The Harp adds a beautiful texture to the orchestra and is a visually stunning instrument. Playing the Harp beautifully takes many …

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Meet the MSO Wind Section

Written by Kate Candy Colbert Welcome to the Wind Section of the Manukau Symphony Orchestra (MSO)! We are very fortunate to have a dedicated team of Principal players and the section is supplemented by very experienced additional players. The number of additional players depends on the repertoire that has been chosen for a specific concert …

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Violinist Mark Menzies on Brahms’ Violin Concerto and why he loves Autumn in New Zealand

New Zealand-born Mark Menzies, described in the Los Angeles Times as an ‘extraordinary musician’ and a ‘riveting violinist’, is performing Brahms’ Violin Concerto with the Manukau Symphony Orchestra this month. A viola and violin virtuoso, chamber musician and pianist, conductor and advocate of contemporary music, Mark has performed in Europe, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Japan, New …

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Uwe Grodd, Music Director

Uwe Grodd’s contributions to classical music have brought him considerable international acclaim as conductor, flautist, editor and teacher. In 1997 he joined Naxos Records as an Exclusive Artist and to date, he has made world premiere recordings of more than 80 works. Grodd initially gained worldwide attention when awarded First Prize at the Cannes Classical …

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Yid-Ee Goh, Concertmaster

Singaporean-born Yid-Ee Goh is former Concertmaster of Orchestra Wellington (formerly Vector Wellington Orchestra), violinist for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and New Zealand String Quartet. In 2004, Yid-Ee helped setup and run The Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre for children with special needs (www.rmtc.org.nz). He has taught violin and viola at St. Cuthbert’s College, Diocesan Girls …

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