Imaginarium by Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra at The Performing Arts Centre

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Posted 2023-09-13 by Ann about Townfollow

Sat 09 Sep 2023

My partner is obsessed with harps.

He doesn’t play himself but absolutely adores watching live harp performance and once brought harp schematics online with the intention of making his own harp - each to their own I guess!

So when we found out the Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra was performing with guest artist Yinuo Mu, Principal Harpist of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra - it was a no brainer.

HSO Imaginarium at The Performing Arts Centre, Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School

Conducted by Christopher Kopke, Imaginarium is an enchanting medley of

  • Moncayo’s Huapango
  • Debussy’s Danse sacrée et Danse profane (for harp and strings) and
  • a harp version of the Concierto de Aranjuez by Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo.

  • From the onset, the atmosphere is electric - it’s a full house and as the sound of a dozen violins and percussion instruments fill the air, the listener is transported to Alvarado, the coastal city in Veracruz where Mexican pianist José Pablo Moncayo first encountered the folk music and traditional dance of the local populace.

    With numerous solos for trumpet, trombone and harp, the effect is delightful and, as the program suggests, akin to being hit by “a triple tequila” - the result of the piece’s strikingly offbeat Latin rhythms. Not bad for a Saturday night at the orchestra.

    After Huapango, the harp is positioned centre stage and we are introduced to world class performer Yinuo Mu who dazzles us for 30 minutes straight with her charismatic and at times ethereal rendition of Debussy’s Danse sacrée et Danse profane and Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez.

    Principal Harpist and Guest Artist Yinuo Mu

    Following a 20 minute interval (and much needed tea break), the orchestra resumed with two more heartfelt pieces

  • Revueltas’ La Noche de los Mayas and
  • Glazunov’s Autumn from The Seasons

  • We were incredibly moved and humbled by the enormous talent of the HSO performers.

    All in all, it was a perfect end to a magical evening.

    Oh what a night! The Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra in concert

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