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      Apr 2018

      Rotorua Symphonic Band Rehearsal

      Looking for something musical to do? The Rotorua Symphonic Band is a concert ensemble of woodwinds (flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, alto & tenor saxophone, etc), brass (trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone/euphonium, tuba, etc) and percussion players of all ages - and we always welcome musicians from our community to come out and play. We meet weekly on Wednesdays at the Band Room on Amohau Street - beside Pak n Save and the Shambles Theatre. We play a wide range of popular band arrangements and classical compositions. Stop by to see what we are all about - join us in playing or just have a listen!

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      Apr 2018

      Dinner & Show

      The historically boutique Prince's Gate Hotel’s live entertainment roster has become something of a Rotorua legend. A tradition for fine entertainment built over decades has seen the historically boutique Prince's Gate Hotel become one of the hottest venues in town, hosting artists like Dame Malvina Major, and John Rowles. Both our guests-in-residence and our local aficionados return again and again to our dinner shows. Broadway to Vegas to Opera and beyond; our roster of shows is designed to appeal to every music fan. Our signature fusion of cabaret-style entertainment with fine dining is not to be missed.

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      Apr 2018

      Opus Orchestra - Wunderhorn

      So, if it’s a brass instrument, why does it look silver? And highly polished at that. In every sense of the word. The French horn is visually glamorous, sublime to listen to, and, as one of the most difficult instruments to play, demanding of a performer with supremely polished skill. Enter the young, sassy and brilliant Samuel Jacobs, arguably one of the best in his trade worldwide. Samuel is Principal horn of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, having returned from the same position in the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Diversely talented, Samuel has made numerous commercial recordings for the film, television, gaming and pop industries, including albums with Sting, and soundtracks for The Hobbit and the latest Bond film Spectre. Opus Orchestra is thrilled to have him performing the Richard Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1 with them. This masterpiece has it all - genius, heroism, reflection and flamboyance. Tone (sound quality) of the French horn ranges from mellow and sonorous in the lower register, to velvety soft and brilliant in the high register. Which returns us to the question of instrument colour. Horns come in both brass and silver actually – sometimes the brass is plated with silver. But it isn’t really for looks - the silver tends to produce a brighter sound. So, does Jacobs choose to play on a brass or silver horn? Come along and find out.


      Apr 2018


      Selwyn Wright, pianist and vocalist, and his wife Mary Wright, also a well-known vocalist, have formed a duo called Passionata. They bring a dynamic interpretation to their classical and jazz repertoire. On Sunday 29th April, Selwyn will be flying solo – performing on the piano while you enjoy lunch, high tea, or even just a drink and nibbles in our Dukes Bar & Restaurant.