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Friday 28 Jun 2024 7:30pm
Federation Concert Hall, nipaluna / Hobart

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Conducted by Alan Buribayev,
featuring Karin Schaupp on guitar.
Karin Schaupp

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About the concert


Borodin Polovtsian Dances (14 min)

Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez (1 min)

3 movements:

  1. Allegro con spirito
  2. Adagio
  3. Allegro gentile

20 minute interval

Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, Op 35 (42 min)

4 movements:

  • Largo e maestoso – Allegro non troppo (The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship)
  • Lento – Andantino – Allegro molto – Vivace scherzando (The Story of the Kalendar Prince)
  • Andantino quasi allegretto (The Young Prince and the Young Princess)
  • Allegro molto – Vivo – Allegro non troppo e maestoso (The Festival at Baghdad – The Sea – The Ship Goes to Pieces on a Rock Surmounted by a Bronze Warrior– Conclusion)


A 'movement' is a longer piece of music broken up into bite-size pieces. It makes it easier to perform and provides contrast within the work. Find out more here.

Joaquín Rodrigo

Portrait of Joaquín Rodrigo.

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Lush & Exotic

Polovtsian Dances

Composed by Aleksandr Borodin (1833-1887)

14 minutes

Borodin was a professor of chemistry, with a side hustle as a composer. The Polovtsian Dances are from the opera Prince Igor, which occupied Borodin on and off for nearly 20 years. Although the opera remained incomplete at the time of Borodin’s death, the Polovtsian Dances, which form an episode in Act II, were composed in 1875. Set in 12th-century Russia, Prince Igor takes place against a background of territorial disputes between Russian expansionists and a nomadic Turkic tribe This piece is from Act II of the opera, during a lavish feast. The dances display the cultural richness and the vigorous, free-spirited lifestyle of the Polovtsians.

Spirited, Brilliant, Bright

Concierto de Aranjuez

  1. Allegro con spirito
  2. Adagio
  3. Allegro gentile

Composed by Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-1999)

21 minutes


The names of movements in symphonies often follow traditional conventions that give insight into the character, tempo, and sometimes the form of each section.

These terms not only instruct performers on the tempo and mood of each movement but also guide listeners through the emotional and narrative arc of the symphony. For example, ‘Allegro’ refers to tempo and ‘molto’ translates to very, so: very fast!

Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo managed a rare thing with the Concierto de Aranjuez - a concerto for guitar and orchestra. Rodrigo faced the challenge of composing a work strikes the right balance between a solo instrument with limited powers of projection and a symphony orchestra. He more than succeeded; the guitar shines unadorned and lightly scores those passages where the guitar and orchestra sound together.

Throughout the 3 movements, you’ll hear a captivating blend of energy, emotion, and Spanish spirit. After a rhythmic and vibrant first movement, the concerto takes an inward turn for the long and ruminative Adagio, the heart of the concerto. Here, a haunting principal theme is introduced by the cor anglais, an instrument noted for its plaintive tone, before being taken up and embellished by the guitar. The middle section brings a change of tone leading to a long and deeply-felt guitar cadenza. The concerto is rounded off with a cheerful closing movement where the orchestration remains delicate and provides a backdrop for the guitarist to execute many virtuosic flourishes.

Here’s our soloist Karin Schaupp playing a snippet from the Adagio.

Arabian Nights

Scheherazade, Op 35

  • Largo e maestoso – Allegro non troppo (The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship)
  • Lento – Andantino – Allegro molto – Vivace scherzando (The Story of the Kalendar Prince)
  • Andantino quasi allegretto (The Young Prince and the Young Princess)
  • Allegro molto – Vivo – Allegro non troppo e maestoso (The Festival at Baghdad – The Sea – The Ship Goes to Pieces on a Rock Surmounted by a Bronze Warrior– Conclusion)

Composed by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)

42 minutes

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov was largely a self taught composer. He joined the navy, went to sea and was appointed Professor of Practical Composition and Instrumentation at the St Petersburg Conservatory at the age of 27. Rimsky-Korsakov’s inspiration was the 1001 Nights (also known as the Arabian Nights), where the storyteller Scheherazade narrates the tales of Sinbad, Ali Baba and others. The storytelling role might be said to be represented in the orchestral setting by the prominent solo violin.

The four movements convey an enchanting and cinematic adventure. The first movement, The Sea and Sinbad's Ship portrays the vastness of the sea, with a majestic opening theme representing the sultan. Next is The Kalender Prince; it’s unusual rhythms make for a mysterious moment and we get some solos from instruments like bassoon and clarinet. The third movement is The Young Prince and the Young Princess. It’s charming, elegant and feels very romantic. Festival at Baghdad is the final movement, and what a triumphant end. It portrays a ship on stormy seas, the brass and percussion create a sense of urgency and chaos.

Storytelling aside, the great achievement of Scheherazade is the sheer variety of sounds it musters. Rimsky-Korsakov was a master orchestrator, listen out for instrumental colours popping out from all sections of the orchestra, the wind, brass and percussion ranks in particular. Scheherazade is an astounding achievement by any measure, especially from a self-taught composer.

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Alan Buribayev


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Alan Buribayev

Alan Buribayev is Chief Conductor of the Astana Opera House in Kazakhstan. He completed his tenure as Chief Conductor of the RTE Orchestra in 2016, and previous roles include Chief Conductor of the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra (2006-2011), Chief Conductor of the Brabants Orchestra in the Netherlands (2007-2012) and Principal Guest conductor of the Japan Century Symphony Orchestra in Osaka (2014-2018).

Highly acclaimed for his intensity and spontaneity, his precision and musicianship is equally praised, and his success brings him regular invitations to guest conduct at the highest level. Recent and future highlights include engagements with the Helsinki Philharmonic, Finnish National Opera, St. Petersburg Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, Stavanger Symphony and the St. Gallen Symphony.

Karin Schaupp

Guitar Soloist

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Karin Schaupp

Karin Schaupp is one of the most outstanding guitarists on the international scene. She performs widely on the international stage as a recitalist, concerto soloist and festival guest, and has given countless recitals in Australia, Europe, Asia, the US, Mexico and Canada. Karin’s playing receives the highest acclaim from critics and audiences alike and she is held in great esteem by her peers worldwide. Her unique stage presence and magical, passionate playing have inspired several composers to write works especially for her.

Karin Schaupp began her guitar training at age five, making her public debut the following year. As a teenager, she won international competitions in Italy and Spain, where she was also honored for her interpretation of Spanish music. Taught primarily by her mother, Isolde Schaupp, Karin completed her music studies at The University of Queensland, earning First Class Honours, a Masters degree, and a University Gold Medal. Karin also trained at National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), extending her performance activities to the theatrical stage.

She has an extensive discography with Warner Music International and ABC Classics, including her acclaimed debut "Soliloquy" (1997) and the ARIA-nominated "Leyenda" (1998). Karin's collaborations include albums with Saffire, The Australian Guitar Quartet, and a duo with Genevieve Lacey. Her recent works include "Songs of the Latin Skies" (2017) with Katie Noonan and "Wayfaring" (2018) with cellist Umberto Clerici.

Karin's orchestral recordings feature award-winning premieres, including Phillip Bracanin's Guitar Concerto and Ross Edwards' Concerto for Guitar and Strings. She has performed with major orchestras worldwide, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra and at 2018 Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony.

She is the Head of Classical Guitar at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, and lives in Brisbane with her husband and two children.

Orchestra List

Alan Buribayev Conductor

Karin Schaupp guitar

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra


Emma McGrath Concertmaster

Ji Won Kim Associate Concertmaster 

Wilma Smith Guest Principal Second

Miranda Carson Principal First

Kirsty Bremner

Yue-Hong Cha

Margaret Connolly

Frances Davies

Michael Johnston

Elinor Lea

Xinyu Mannix

Phoebe Masel

Christopher Nicholas

Rohana O’Malley

Lynette Rayner

Hayato Simpson



Did you know our Concertmaster plays a violin hand-crafted by one of the finest and most important luthiers (a string-instrument maker) of the nineteenth century, Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume (1798–1875).

He crafted 3000+ instruments in his time and we’re very proud to have a violin made in 1845 on loan from two of our generous Tasmanian patrons.


Caleb Wright Principal

Douglas Coghill

Anna Larsen Roach

Susanna Low

Rodney McDonald

Ariel Postmus


Jonathan Békés Principal

Alexandra Békés

Ivan James

Nicholas McManus

Martin Penicka

Sophie Radke

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Matthew McGrath

James Menzies

Adrian Whitehall


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Rachel Howie

Lily Bryant Guest Principal Piccolo


Emmanuel Cassimatis Guest Principal

Dinah Woods Principal Cor Anglais


Andrew Seymour Principal

Eloise Fisher Principal Bass Clarinet


Jane Kircher-Lindner Guest Principal

Melissa Woodroffe Principal Contrabassoon

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Greg Stephens Principal First

Claudia Leggett Principal Third

Jules Evans

Roger Jackson

Julian Leslie


Fletcher Cox Guest Principal

Mark Bain


David Robins Principal

Jackson Bankovic

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James Littlewood Guest Principal


Rachel Kelly Principal


Matthew Goddard Principal


Gary Wain Principal

Robert Allan

Matthew Brennan

Stephen Marskell

Tracey Patten


Yinuo Mu Guest Principal


Jennifer Marten-Smith Guest Principal

*Correct at time of publishing

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