Bruce Mason Centre: Simon O’Neill – Rodger Fox Big Band In Concert25 October 2020 , .
The Projects Mission Statement
To present concerts throughout New Zealand performing material from CD release and build on the one off performance at the Wellington Jazz Festival on June 09, 2019 too rave reviews and feedback.
The Rodger Fox Big Band continues to defy musical boundaries in a stunning collaboration with international opera star and New Zealand native Simon O’Neill.
Education will play an important part of this concert series.
The Rodger Fox Big Band and Simon O’Neill will present a workshop for school students and interested general public attending the concert where the music and the way the compositions are developed will be explained, discussed and questions taken.
Wagner meets the world of Big Band Jazz
Premiering new arrangements of Wagner’s Die Walküre and Notung! Notung! and Puccini’s Nessun Dorma, this ground-breaking recording will unite one of the finest heldentenors on the international stage in a format that takes Wagner out of the Opera House and into the world of big band jazz. Simon O’Neill’s illustrious career spans the great operas and opera houses of Europe and the United States as well as Australia and New Zealand.