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Live orchestral music for the people of Ōtepoti Dunedin, Otago and Southland

Welcome to the DSO! Since 1966, Dunedin’s only professional orchestra has been a key contributor to local and regional cultural vibrancy. It presents its audiences and communities with a wide variety of orchestral masterpieces performed by top international and New Zealand conductors and soloists, as well as a comprehensive range of educational and outreach programmes.

Concert Series 2024

The DSO’s 2024 five-concert flagship series features four outstanding international conductors (from Switzerland, USA and Australia), and well as top NZ soloists, and they will perform works from JS Bach’s timeless Baroque music through to contemporary NZ works.

DSO’s exciting news is the appointment of eminent conductor James Judd as our Principal Guest Conductor. We greatly look forward to the two DSO concerts he will be conducting. Also conducting us are Australian conductor Umberto Clerici, and two new conductors: Matthias Bamert and Ingrid Martin.

Our soloists are some of New Zealand’s finest musicians: NZSO’s Concertmaster Vesa-Matti Leppänen, NZSO’s Principal French horn Samuel Jacobs, taonga pūoro exponent Alistair Fraser, five of New Zealand's leading singers (Rebecca Ryan, Emma Pearson, Maaike Christie-Beekman, Emmanuel Fonoti-Fuimaono, and Wade Kernot), as well as four DSO Principal Players and City Choir Dunedin. Highlights will be performances by two overseas artists: opera superstar Jonathan Lemalu, and Australian guitarist Karin Schaupp.

Concert repertoire ranges from JS Bach to works by NZ composers Michael Norris and Rod Biss, and Rodrigo’s popular Concierto de Aranjuez.

Mark your diaries for the 'DSO Plays ABBA' on Saturday 16 November at the Dunedin Town Hall.

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Latest News & Reviews

Review - 24 Mar 2024

DSO's performance as part of Synthony at Electric Avenue Festival 2024

The DSO performed as part of Synthony in the 2024 Electric Avenue Festival at Hagley Park, Christchurch

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News - 15 Feb 2024

Packed year for DSO

National and international stars combine with the best in local musicianship in the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra’s 2024 season, announced this week. - Brenda Harwood, The Star

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News - 08 Feb 2024

DSO appoints Principal Guest Conductor

The DSO has secured New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Music Director Emeritus James Judd as Principal Guest Conductor for 2024-26. We greatly look forward to the two DSO concerts he will be conducting this year.

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News - 16 Jan 2024

A taste of the arts in 2024

Dunedin’s arts calendar for 2024 is starting to fill up. Rebecca Fox of the Otago Daily Times takes a look at some of what has been programmed so far. From Shakespeare to ABBA and everything in between, Dunedin audiences will again be spoilt for choice as local arts practitioners get set to do the hard graft to entertain people this year.

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Dunedin 9054

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Dunedin 9016

New Zealand