Beethoven & Brass – 19 June 2021

With guest soloist trombonist Joe Thomas, conducted by Justus Rozemond

Saturday 19 June 2021, 4pm, Holy Trinity Church, Devonport Road, Tauranga

Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony caused a sensation when first performed due to its scale and raw emotion. Originally written for Napoleon Bonaparte, Beethoven changed the title to “Eroica” (or Heroic) after becoming disillusioned when Napoleon crowned himself emperor.  

Mendelssohn’s The Fair Melusine was inspired by an opera about a mermaid. He considered the piece “the best” and most “intimate” thing he had ever written.

Twentieth-century Danish composer Launy Grøndahl’s popular Trombone Concerto is challenging and dramatic, showcasing the versatility of the trombone.

Soloist – Joe Thomas

Trombonist Joe Thomas

Our featured soloist is Tauranga-based Joe Thomas. Joe studied at the NZ School of Music then worked for the NZ Army band before returning to live in his home town.  


  • Mendelssohn – Overture The Fair Melusine
  • Grøndahl – Trombone Concerto
  • Beethoven – Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’


All tickets $10.  On sale from 17 May via Eventfinda and i-sites. Booking fees apply. Ph 0800 BUY TIX (289 849)

Door sales also available – cash only!