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CALL FOR SCORES: Trickier Tunes for Tamariki

Opportunity

Call for Scores.

Wellington Branch IRMTNZ. Trickier Tunes for Tamariki.


Wellington Branch IRMTNZ invites submissions of scores for grades 3-5 level violin and cello students


For eligibility, guidelines, terms and conditions, and the link to the submission form, click HERE.

Wellington Branch IRMTNZ is planning to publish Trickier Tunes for Tamariki, a collection of original pieces for violin and for cello submitted by composers from Aotearoa New Zealand. The music is to be appropriate for pupils from grade 3-5 level, duo strings OR solo string with a simple piano accompaniment.

There is a shortage of published solo music for grades 3-5 level by Aotearoa New Zealand composers for instruments other than piano. This project aims to provide more pieces for intermediate level violin or cello students by Aotearoa New Zealand composers.

A payment is available for the composers of the selected pieces, thanks to the generosity of The Stout Trust. We are also grateful to Sunrise Music Trust for funding the final stages of publishing the books.

New deadline for receipt of scores: 11.59 pm (NZT), 19 April 2024

Full details eligibility, guidelines, terms and conditions etc are available HERE.


Call for Scores.

Wellington Branch IRMTNZ. Trickier Tunes for Tamariki.


Wellington Branch IRMTNZ invites submissions of scores for grades 3-5 level violin and cello students


For eligibility, guidelines, terms and conditions, and the link to the submission form, click HERE.

Wellington Branch IRMTNZ is planning to publish Trickier Tunes for Tamariki, a collection of original pieces for violin and for cello submitted by composers from Aotearoa New Zealand. The music is to be appropriate for pupils from grade 3-5 level, duo strings OR solo string with a simple piano accompaniment.

There is a shortage of published solo music for grades 3-5 level by Aotearoa New Zealand composers for instruments other than piano. This project aims to provide more pieces for intermediate level violin or cello students by Aotearoa New Zealand composers.

A payment is available for the composers of the selected pieces, thanks to the generosity of The Stout Trust. We are also grateful to Sunrise Music Trust for funding the final stages of publishing the books.

New deadline for receipt of scores: 11.59 pm (NZT), 19 April 2024

Full details eligibility, guidelines, terms and conditions etc are available HERE.


Call for Scores.

Wellington Branch IRMTNZ. Trickier Tunes for Tamariki.


Wellington Branch IRMTNZ invites submissions of scores for grades 3-5 level violin and cello students


For eligibility, guidelines, terms and conditions, and the link to the submission form, click HERE.

Wellington Branch IRMTNZ is planning to publish Trickier Tunes for Tamariki, a collection of original pieces for violin and for cello submitted by composers from Aotearoa New Zealand. The music is to be appropriate for pupils from grade 3-5 level, duo strings OR solo string with a simple piano accompaniment.

There is a shortage of published solo music for grades 3-5 level by Aotearoa New Zealand composers for instruments other than piano. This project aims to provide more pieces for intermediate level violin or cello students by Aotearoa New Zealand composers.

A payment is available for the composers of the selected pieces, thanks to the generosity of The Stout Trust. We are also grateful to Sunrise Music Trust for funding the final stages of publishing the books.

New deadline for receipt of scores: 11.59 pm (NZT), 19 April 2024

Full details eligibility, guidelines, terms and conditions etc are available HERE.


December 08, 2023 09:00 — April 19, 2024 23:59

Kodály Re-framed (Paekākāriki, Wellington, Christchurch)

Tour

Kodály Reframed


Paekakariki: St Peter's Village Hall: Friday March 1. 7:00pm
Wellington: Futuna Chapel, Futuna Close, Karori: Sunday March 3. 7:00pm
Christchurch: The Piano House, 283 Riccarton Road: Monday March 4. 7:00pm


A concert performance offering a new take on one of the seminal solo cello works of the 20th century. Performing with Polish cellist Susanne Szambelan, New Zealand saxophonist Hayden Chisholm plays Indian sruti box, alto saxophone, taonga puoru and voice, framing the three movements of Kodály’s Cello Sonata with improvisations based on the work’s motifs. The result is a unique blend of classical music with contemplative improvised interventions. Together, these cast fresh light on the work, and trouble fixed notions of musical genre.

Susanne Szambelan has been performing this work, one of the most demanding of the cello repertoire, for over a decade and brings considerable nuance to her interpretation of the work.

The premiere of this concert programme took place in Berlin in February 2023 at the Kuhlhaus and enjoyed a rapturous reception. A full concert recording is included as a link below.

For their New Zealand concerts, the duo are also likely to perform some of the Sarabandes from Bach’s Cello Suites – also reframed with improvisations – and possibly several well-known New Zealand themes arranged by the duo.



Kodály Reframed


Paekakariki: St Peter's Village Hall: Friday March 1. 7:00pm
Wellington: Futuna Chapel, Futuna Close, Karori: Sunday March 3. 7:00pm
Christchurch: The Piano House, 283 Riccarton Road: Monday March 4. 7:00pm


A concert performance offering a new take on one of the seminal solo cello works of the 20th century. Performing with Polish cellist Susanne Szambelan, New Zealand saxophonist Hayden Chisholm plays Indian sruti box, alto saxophone, taonga puoru and voice, framing the three movements of Kodály’s Cello Sonata with improvisations based on the work’s motifs. The result is a unique blend of classical music with contemplative improvised interventions. Together, these cast fresh light on the work, and trouble fixed notions of musical genre.

Susanne Szambelan has been performing this work, one of the most demanding of the cello repertoire, for over a decade and brings considerable nuance to her interpretation of the work.

The premiere of this concert programme took place in Berlin in February 2023 at the Kuhlhaus and enjoyed a rapturous reception. A full concert recording is included as a link below.

For their New Zealand concerts, the duo are also likely to perform some of the Sarabandes from Bach’s Cello Suites – also reframed with improvisations – and possibly several well-known New Zealand themes arranged by the duo.



Kodály Reframed


Paekakariki: St Peter's Village Hall: Friday March 1. 7:00pm
Wellington: Futuna Chapel, Futuna Close, Karori: Sunday March 3. 7:00pm
Christchurch: The Piano House, 283 Riccarton Road: Monday March 4. 7:00pm


A concert performance offering a new take on one of the seminal solo cello works of the 20th century. Performing with Polish cellist Susanne Szambelan, New Zealand saxophonist Hayden Chisholm plays Indian sruti box, alto saxophone, taonga puoru and voice, framing the three movements of Kodály’s Cello Sonata with improvisations based on the work’s motifs. The result is a unique blend of classical music with contemplative improvised interventions. Together, these cast fresh light on the work, and trouble fixed notions of musical genre.

Susanne Szambelan has been performing this work, one of the most demanding of the cello repertoire, for over a decade and brings considerable nuance to her interpretation of the work.

The premiere of this concert programme took place in Berlin in February 2023 at the Kuhlhaus and enjoyed a rapturous reception. A full concert recording is included as a link below.

For their New Zealand concerts, the duo are also likely to perform some of the Sarabandes from Bach’s Cello Suites – also reframed with improvisations – and possibly several well-known New Zealand themes arranged by the duo.



March 01, 2024 19:00 — March 04, 2024 20:10   ·   Paekākāriki, Wellington, Christchurch

NZSO | Beyond Words (Christchurch)

Concert

Valerie Coleman Umoja | Anthem of Unity
Traditional arr. Hamish Oliver | Hasbi Rabbi / Molla Mamad Jan
OUM arr. Tom McLeod | Daba
Reza Vali | Funèbre for Solo Violin and String Orchestra
Kyriakos Tapakis arr. Tom McLeod | Mantilatos
Arvo Pärt | Silouan's Song
John Psathas | Ahlan wa Sahlan (World Premiere)

Haere mai and ahlan wa sahlan to a very special concert to kick off the NZSO 2024 Season. To mark the 5th anniversary of the Christchurch Mosque attacks, we present a unique collaboration promoting unity and peace through music.

The music of acclaimed New Zealand composer John Psathas ONZM is deeply rooted in the Greek traditions of his whakapapa and has been heard everywhere, from award-winning albums, film, e-books, Paris’s Grand Mosque and the 2004 Athens Olympics. Recently, he’s taken to collaborating far and wide, with this concert showcasing the depth and breadth of such collaboration.

Conducted by Fawzi Haimor, featuring powerful Moroccan vocalist OUM and oud virtuoso Kyriakos Tapakis, the NZSO performs works from Valerie Coleman, Reza Val, Arvo Pärt and the world premiere of a new work from Psathas.

Psathas’s Ahlan wa Sahlan, composed in collaboration with OUM and Tapakis, uses the Arabic welcome greeting to let people know they are in a place where they belong. This work has been created with guidance from The Central Iqra Trust and Muslim communities from across Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Orchestra also plays the NZ premiere of a work by Reza Vali, whose artistry combines Western orchestration with Persian style, as well as African-American composer Valerie Coleman’s work Umoja, the Swahili word for ‘unity’.

Silouan’s Song is one of Arvo Pärt’s instrumental works based on a religious text in Russian.

Beyond Words is a symphonic expression of solidarity and peace performed as a prelude to Unity Week – let the NZSO take you on this journey beyond borders, beyond words.


Additional performances:

Wellington (9 March)
Auckland (10 March)

Valerie Coleman Umoja | Anthem of Unity
Traditional arr. Hamish Oliver | Hasbi Rabbi / Molla Mamad Jan
OUM arr. Tom McLeod | Daba
Reza Vali | Funèbre for Solo Violin and String Orchestra
Kyriakos Tapakis arr. Tom McLeod | Mantilatos
Arvo Pärt | Silouan's Song
John Psathas | Ahlan wa Sahlan (World Premiere)

Haere mai and ahlan wa sahlan to a very special concert to kick off the NZSO 2024 Season. To mark the 5th anniversary of the Christchurch Mosque attacks, we present a unique collaboration promoting unity and peace through music.

The music of acclaimed New Zealand composer John Psathas ONZM is deeply rooted in the Greek traditions of his whakapapa and has been heard everywhere, from award-winning albums, film, e-books, Paris’s Grand Mosque and the 2004 Athens Olympics. Recently, he’s taken to collaborating far and wide, with this concert showcasing the depth and breadth of such collaboration.

Conducted by Fawzi Haimor, featuring powerful Moroccan vocalist OUM and oud virtuoso Kyriakos Tapakis, the NZSO performs works from Valerie Coleman, Reza Val, Arvo Pärt and the world premiere of a new work from Psathas.

Psathas’s Ahlan wa Sahlan, composed in collaboration with OUM and Tapakis, uses the Arabic welcome greeting to let people know they are in a place where they belong. This work has been created with guidance from The Central Iqra Trust and Muslim communities from across Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Orchestra also plays the NZ premiere of a work by Reza Vali, whose artistry combines Western orchestration with Persian style, as well as African-American composer Valerie Coleman’s work Umoja, the Swahili word for ‘unity’.

Silouan’s Song is one of Arvo Pärt’s instrumental works based on a religious text in Russian.

Beyond Words is a symphonic expression of solidarity and peace performed as a prelude to Unity Week – let the NZSO take you on this journey beyond borders, beyond words.


Additional performances:

Wellington (9 March)
Auckland (10 March)

Valerie Coleman Umoja | Anthem of Unity
Traditional arr. Hamish Oliver | Hasbi Rabbi / Molla Mamad Jan
OUM arr. Tom McLeod | Daba
Reza Vali | Funèbre for Solo Violin and String Orchestra
Kyriakos Tapakis arr. Tom McLeod | Mantilatos
Arvo Pärt | Silouan's Song
John Psathas | Ahlan wa Sahlan (World Premiere)

Haere mai and ahlan wa sahlan to a very special concert to kick off the NZSO 2024 Season. To mark the 5th anniversary of the Christchurch Mosque attacks, we present a unique collaboration promoting unity and peace through music.

The music of acclaimed New Zealand composer John Psathas ONZM is deeply rooted in the Greek traditions of his whakapapa and has been heard everywhere, from award-winning albums, film, e-books, Paris’s Grand Mosque and the 2004 Athens Olympics. Recently, he’s taken to collaborating far and wide, with this concert showcasing the depth and breadth of such collaboration.

Conducted by Fawzi Haimor, featuring powerful Moroccan vocalist OUM and oud virtuoso Kyriakos Tapakis, the NZSO performs works from Valerie Coleman, Reza Val, Arvo Pärt and the world premiere of a new work from Psathas.

Psathas’s Ahlan wa Sahlan, composed in collaboration with OUM and Tapakis, uses the Arabic welcome greeting to let people know they are in a place where they belong. This work has been created with guidance from The Central Iqra Trust and Muslim communities from across Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Orchestra also plays the NZ premiere of a work by Reza Vali, whose artistry combines Western orchestration with Persian style, as well as African-American composer Valerie Coleman’s work Umoja, the Swahili word for ‘unity’.

Silouan’s Song is one of Arvo Pärt’s instrumental works based on a religious text in Russian.

Beyond Words is a symphonic expression of solidarity and peace performed as a prelude to Unity Week – let the NZSO take you on this journey beyond borders, beyond words.


Additional performances:

Wellington (9 March)
Auckland (10 March)

March 07, 2024 19:30   ·   Christchurch Town Hall

NZSO | Beyond Words (Wellington)

Concert

Valerie Coleman Umoja | Anthem of Unity
Traditional arr. Hamish Oliver | Hasbi Rabbi / Molla Mamad Jan
OUM arr. Tom McLeod | Daba
Reza Vali | Funèbre for Solo Violin and String Orchestra
Kyriakos Tapakis arr. Tom McLeod | Mantilatos
Arvo Pärt | Silouan's Song
John Psathas | Ahlan wa Sahlan (World Premiere)

Haere mai and ahlan wa sahlan to a very special concert to kick off the NZSO 2024 Season. To mark the 5th anniversary of the Christchurch Mosque attacks, we present a unique collaboration promoting unity and peace through music.

The music of acclaimed New Zealand composer John Psathas ONZM is deeply rooted in the Greek traditions of his whakapapa and has been heard everywhere, from award-winning albums, film, e-books, Paris’s Grand Mosque and the 2004 Athens Olympics. Recently, he’s taken to collaborating far and wide, with this concert showcasing the depth and breadth of such collaboration.

Conducted by Fawzi Haimor, featuring powerful Moroccan vocalist OUM and oud virtuoso Kyriakos Tapakis, the NZSO performs works from Valerie Coleman, Reza Val, Arvo Pärt and the world premiere of a new work from Psathas.

Psathas’s Ahlan wa Sahlan, composed in collaboration with OUM and Tapakis, uses the Arabic welcome greeting to let people know they are in a place where they belong. This work has been created with guidance from The Central Iqra Trust and Muslim communities from across Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Orchestra also plays the NZ premiere of a work by Reza Vali, whose artistry combines Western orchestration with Persian style, as well as African-American composer Valerie Coleman’s work Umoja, the Swahili word for ‘unity’.

Silouan’s Song is one of Arvo Pärt’s instrumental works based on a religious text in Russian.

Beyond Words is a symphonic expression of solidarity and peace performed as a prelude to Unity Week – let the NZSO take you on this journey beyond borders, beyond words.


Additional performances:

Christchurch (7 March)
Auckland (10 March)

Valerie Coleman Umoja | Anthem of Unity
Traditional arr. Hamish Oliver | Hasbi Rabbi / Molla Mamad Jan
OUM arr. Tom McLeod | Daba
Reza Vali | Funèbre for Solo Violin and String Orchestra
Kyriakos Tapakis arr. Tom McLeod | Mantilatos
Arvo Pärt | Silouan's Song
John Psathas | Ahlan wa Sahlan (World Premiere)

Haere mai and ahlan wa sahlan to a very special concert to kick off the NZSO 2024 Season. To mark the 5th anniversary of the Christchurch Mosque attacks, we present a unique collaboration promoting unity and peace through music.

The music of acclaimed New Zealand composer John Psathas ONZM is deeply rooted in the Greek traditions of his whakapapa and has been heard everywhere, from award-winning albums, film, e-books, Paris’s Grand Mosque and the 2004 Athens Olympics. Recently, he’s taken to collaborating far and wide, with this concert showcasing the depth and breadth of such collaboration.

Conducted by Fawzi Haimor, featuring powerful Moroccan vocalist OUM and oud virtuoso Kyriakos Tapakis, the NZSO performs works from Valerie Coleman, Reza Val, Arvo Pärt and the world premiere of a new work from Psathas.

Psathas’s Ahlan wa Sahlan, composed in collaboration with OUM and Tapakis, uses the Arabic welcome greeting to let people know they are in a place where they belong. This work has been created with guidance from The Central Iqra Trust and Muslim communities from across Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Orchestra also plays the NZ premiere of a work by Reza Vali, whose artistry combines Western orchestration with Persian style, as well as African-American composer Valerie Coleman’s work Umoja, the Swahili word for ‘unity’.

Silouan’s Song is one of Arvo Pärt’s instrumental works based on a religious text in Russian.

Beyond Words is a symphonic expression of solidarity and peace performed as a prelude to Unity Week – let the NZSO take you on this journey beyond borders, beyond words.


Additional performances:

Christchurch (7 March)
Auckland (10 March)

Valerie Coleman Umoja | Anthem of Unity
Traditional arr. Hamish Oliver | Hasbi Rabbi / Molla Mamad Jan
OUM arr. Tom McLeod | Daba
Reza Vali | Funèbre for Solo Violin and String Orchestra
Kyriakos Tapakis arr. Tom McLeod | Mantilatos
Arvo Pärt | Silouan's Song
John Psathas | Ahlan wa Sahlan (World Premiere)

Haere mai and ahlan wa sahlan to a very special concert to kick off the NZSO 2024 Season. To mark the 5th anniversary of the Christchurch Mosque attacks, we present a unique collaboration promoting unity and peace through music.

The music of acclaimed New Zealand composer John Psathas ONZM is deeply rooted in the Greek traditions of his whakapapa and has been heard everywhere, from award-winning albums, film, e-books, Paris’s Grand Mosque and the 2004 Athens Olympics. Recently, he’s taken to collaborating far and wide, with this concert showcasing the depth and breadth of such collaboration.

Conducted by Fawzi Haimor, featuring powerful Moroccan vocalist OUM and oud virtuoso Kyriakos Tapakis, the NZSO performs works from Valerie Coleman, Reza Val, Arvo Pärt and the world premiere of a new work from Psathas.

Psathas’s Ahlan wa Sahlan, composed in collaboration with OUM and Tapakis, uses the Arabic welcome greeting to let people know they are in a place where they belong. This work has been created with guidance from The Central Iqra Trust and Muslim communities from across Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Orchestra also plays the NZ premiere of a work by Reza Vali, whose artistry combines Western orchestration with Persian style, as well as African-American composer Valerie Coleman’s work Umoja, the Swahili word for ‘unity’.

Silouan’s Song is one of Arvo Pärt’s instrumental works based on a religious text in Russian.

Beyond Words is a symphonic expression of solidarity and peace performed as a prelude to Unity Week – let the NZSO take you on this journey beyond borders, beyond words.


Additional performances:

Christchurch (7 March)
Auckland (10 March)

March 09, 2024 19:30   ·   Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington

NZSO | Beyond Words (Auckland)

Concert

Valerie Coleman Umoja | Anthem of Unity
Traditional arr. Hamish Oliver | Hasbi Rabbi / Molla Mamad Jan
OUM arr. Tom McLeod | Daba
Reza Vali | Funèbre for Solo Violin and String Orchestra
Kyriakos Tapakis arr. Tom McLeod | Mantilatos
Arvo Pärt | Silouan's Song
John Psathas | Ahlan wa Sahlan (World Premiere)

Haere mai and ahlan wa sahlan to a very special concert to kick off the NZSO 2024 Season. To mark the 5th anniversary of the Christchurch Mosque attacks, we present a unique collaboration promoting unity and peace through music.

The music of acclaimed New Zealand composer John Psathas ONZM is deeply rooted in the Greek traditions of his whakapapa and has been heard everywhere, from award-winning albums, film, e-books, Paris’s Grand Mosque and the 2004 Athens Olympics. Recently, he’s taken to collaborating far and wide, with this concert showcasing the depth and breadth of such collaboration.

Conducted by Fawzi Haimor, featuring powerful Moroccan vocalist OUM and oud virtuoso Kyriakos Tapakis, the NZSO performs works from Valerie Coleman, Reza Val, Arvo Pärt and the world premiere of a new work from Psathas.

Psathas’s Ahlan wa Sahlan, composed in collaboration with OUM and Tapakis, uses the Arabic welcome greeting to let people know they are in a place where they belong. This work has been created with guidance from The Central Iqra Trust and Muslim communities from across Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Orchestra also plays the NZ premiere of a work by Reza Vali, whose artistry combines Western orchestration with Persian style, as well as African-American composer Valerie Coleman’s work Umoja, the Swahili word for ‘unity’.

Silouan’s Song is one of Arvo Pärt’s instrumental works based on a religious text in Russian.

Beyond Words is a symphonic expression of solidarity and peace performed as a prelude to Unity Week – let the NZSO take you on this journey beyond borders, beyond words.


Additional performances:

Christchurch (7 March)
Wellington (9 March)

Valerie Coleman Umoja | Anthem of Unity
Traditional arr. Hamish Oliver | Hasbi Rabbi / Molla Mamad Jan
OUM arr. Tom McLeod | Daba
Reza Vali | Funèbre for Solo Violin and String Orchestra
Kyriakos Tapakis arr. Tom McLeod | Mantilatos
Arvo Pärt | Silouan's Song
John Psathas | Ahlan wa Sahlan (World Premiere)

Haere mai and ahlan wa sahlan to a very special concert to kick off the NZSO 2024 Season. To mark the 5th anniversary of the Christchurch Mosque attacks, we present a unique collaboration promoting unity and peace through music.

The music of acclaimed New Zealand composer John Psathas ONZM is deeply rooted in the Greek traditions of his whakapapa and has been heard everywhere, from award-winning albums, film, e-books, Paris’s Grand Mosque and the 2004 Athens Olympics. Recently, he’s taken to collaborating far and wide, with this concert showcasing the depth and breadth of such collaboration.

Conducted by Fawzi Haimor, featuring powerful Moroccan vocalist OUM and oud virtuoso Kyriakos Tapakis, the NZSO performs works from Valerie Coleman, Reza Val, Arvo Pärt and the world premiere of a new work from Psathas.

Psathas’s Ahlan wa Sahlan, composed in collaboration with OUM and Tapakis, uses the Arabic welcome greeting to let people know they are in a place where they belong. This work has been created with guidance from The Central Iqra Trust and Muslim communities from across Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Orchestra also plays the NZ premiere of a work by Reza Vali, whose artistry combines Western orchestration with Persian style, as well as African-American composer Valerie Coleman’s work Umoja, the Swahili word for ‘unity’.

Silouan’s Song is one of Arvo Pärt’s instrumental works based on a religious text in Russian.

Beyond Words is a symphonic expression of solidarity and peace performed as a prelude to Unity Week – let the NZSO take you on this journey beyond borders, beyond words.


Additional performances:

Christchurch (7 March)
Wellington (9 March)

Valerie Coleman Umoja | Anthem of Unity
Traditional arr. Hamish Oliver | Hasbi Rabbi / Molla Mamad Jan
OUM arr. Tom McLeod | Daba
Reza Vali | Funèbre for Solo Violin and String Orchestra
Kyriakos Tapakis arr. Tom McLeod | Mantilatos
Arvo Pärt | Silouan's Song
John Psathas | Ahlan wa Sahlan (World Premiere)

Haere mai and ahlan wa sahlan to a very special concert to kick off the NZSO 2024 Season. To mark the 5th anniversary of the Christchurch Mosque attacks, we present a unique collaboration promoting unity and peace through music.

The music of acclaimed New Zealand composer John Psathas ONZM is deeply rooted in the Greek traditions of his whakapapa and has been heard everywhere, from award-winning albums, film, e-books, Paris’s Grand Mosque and the 2004 Athens Olympics. Recently, he’s taken to collaborating far and wide, with this concert showcasing the depth and breadth of such collaboration.

Conducted by Fawzi Haimor, featuring powerful Moroccan vocalist OUM and oud virtuoso Kyriakos Tapakis, the NZSO performs works from Valerie Coleman, Reza Val, Arvo Pärt and the world premiere of a new work from Psathas.

Psathas’s Ahlan wa Sahlan, composed in collaboration with OUM and Tapakis, uses the Arabic welcome greeting to let people know they are in a place where they belong. This work has been created with guidance from The Central Iqra Trust and Muslim communities from across Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Orchestra also plays the NZ premiere of a work by Reza Vali, whose artistry combines Western orchestration with Persian style, as well as African-American composer Valerie Coleman’s work Umoja, the Swahili word for ‘unity’.

Silouan’s Song is one of Arvo Pärt’s instrumental works based on a religious text in Russian.

Beyond Words is a symphonic expression of solidarity and peace performed as a prelude to Unity Week – let the NZSO take you on this journey beyond borders, beyond words.


Additional performances:

Christchurch (7 March)
Wellington (9 March)

March 10, 2024 16:00   ·   Auckland Town Hall

Fire & Romance

Concert

Fire & Romance - Youth Orchestra Waikato

Expect passion and spirit from Youth Orchestra Waikato as they dazzle with orchestral classics, and contemporary favourites perfect for an autumnal afternoon. Romance and passion awaits in a programme of Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Stravinsky, Dorothy Buchanan (NZ) and more. Rising young stars Kezia Schuitemaker (violin) and Mathew Colvin (clarinet) from Youth Orchestra Waikato, step to the front of the stage to dazzle as featured soloists.

Programme:
Tchaikovsky | Sleeping Beauty Waltz
Beethoven | Romance in F for Violin and Orchestra
Gardel arr. M Garetto | Por una cabeza
Mascagni arr. Tobani | Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
Gareth Farr (NZ) | Waipoua for Clarinet and Strings
Dorothy Buchanan (NZ) | Peace Fanfare
Stravinsky arr. Isaac | Dance Infernal and Berceuse & Finale

$15 Adult / $10 concession (seniors and students) / Free for children under 18

Booking fee may apply

This event is presented in partnership with the Cambridge Autumn Festival.

Fire & Romance - Youth Orchestra Waikato

Expect passion and spirit from Youth Orchestra Waikato as they dazzle with orchestral classics, and contemporary favourites perfect for an autumnal afternoon. Romance and passion awaits in a programme of Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Stravinsky, Dorothy Buchanan (NZ) and more. Rising young stars Kezia Schuitemaker (violin) and Mathew Colvin (clarinet) from Youth Orchestra Waikato, step to the front of the stage to dazzle as featured soloists.

Programme:
Tchaikovsky | Sleeping Beauty Waltz
Beethoven | Romance in F for Violin and Orchestra
Gardel arr. M Garetto | Por una cabeza
Mascagni arr. Tobani | Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
Gareth Farr (NZ) | Waipoua for Clarinet and Strings
Dorothy Buchanan (NZ) | Peace Fanfare
Stravinsky arr. Isaac | Dance Infernal and Berceuse & Finale

$15 Adult / $10 concession (seniors and students) / Free for children under 18

Booking fee may apply

This event is presented in partnership with the Cambridge Autumn Festival.

Fire & Romance - Youth Orchestra Waikato

Expect passion and spirit from Youth Orchestra Waikato as they dazzle with orchestral classics, and contemporary favourites perfect for an autumnal afternoon. Romance and passion awaits in a programme of Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Stravinsky, Dorothy Buchanan (NZ) and more. Rising young stars Kezia Schuitemaker (violin) and Mathew Colvin (clarinet) from Youth Orchestra Waikato, step to the front of the stage to dazzle as featured soloists.

Programme:
Tchaikovsky | Sleeping Beauty Waltz
Beethoven | Romance in F for Violin and Orchestra
Gardel arr. M Garetto | Por una cabeza
Mascagni arr. Tobani | Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
Gareth Farr (NZ) | Waipoua for Clarinet and Strings
Dorothy Buchanan (NZ) | Peace Fanfare
Stravinsky arr. Isaac | Dance Infernal and Berceuse & Finale

$15 Adult / $10 concession (seniors and students) / Free for children under 18

Booking fee may apply

This event is presented in partnership with the Cambridge Autumn Festival.

March 24, 2024 15:00 — March 24, 2024 16:00   ·   Cambridge Town Hall

NZSO | Mahler 5 (Wellington)

Concert

Salina Fisher | Kintsugi
Adam Schoenberg | Losing Earth (New Zealand Premiere)
Mahler | Symphony No. 5

Salina Fisher’s Kintsugi was inspired by the Japanese tradition of mending broken pottery with golden seams of lacquer – a fine metaphor for “embracing ‘brokenness’ and imperfection.”

American composer Adam Schoenberg was inspired by both the climate catastrophe threatening our natural world and the ancient use of percussion in storytelling. From this, his percussion concerto Losing Earth was born. We welcome its dedicatee, San Francisco Symphony’s Principal Percussionist, Jacob Nissly, as the work’s brilliant soloist.

Just as Losing Earth addresses a turning point in our natural world, so, too, does Mahler’s Fifth Symphony address a turning point in Mahler’s personal world. His Fifth was written in the wake of not only suffering a serious hemorrhage but also meeting his eventual wife, Alma. It is for her the symphony’s famous Adagietto was written: an orchestral love song for the ages.


Additional performances:

Auckland (6 April)

Salina Fisher | Kintsugi
Adam Schoenberg | Losing Earth (New Zealand Premiere)
Mahler | Symphony No. 5

Salina Fisher’s Kintsugi was inspired by the Japanese tradition of mending broken pottery with golden seams of lacquer – a fine metaphor for “embracing ‘brokenness’ and imperfection.”

American composer Adam Schoenberg was inspired by both the climate catastrophe threatening our natural world and the ancient use of percussion in storytelling. From this, his percussion concerto Losing Earth was born. We welcome its dedicatee, San Francisco Symphony’s Principal Percussionist, Jacob Nissly, as the work’s brilliant soloist.

Just as Losing Earth addresses a turning point in our natural world, so, too, does Mahler’s Fifth Symphony address a turning point in Mahler’s personal world. His Fifth was written in the wake of not only suffering a serious hemorrhage but also meeting his eventual wife, Alma. It is for her the symphony’s famous Adagietto was written: an orchestral love song for the ages.


Additional performances:

Auckland (6 April)

April 05, 2024 18:30

NZSO | Mahler 5 (Auckland)

Concert

Salina Fisher | Kintsugi
Adam Schoenberg | Losing Earth (New Zealand Premiere)
Mahler | Symphony No. 5

Salina Fisher’s Kintsugi was inspired by the Japanese tradition of mending broken pottery with golden seams of lacquer – a fine metaphor for “embracing ‘brokenness’ and imperfection.”

American composer Adam Schoenberg was inspired by both the climate catastrophe threatening our natural world and the ancient use of percussion in storytelling. From this, his percussion concerto Losing Earth was born. We welcome its dedicatee, San Francisco Symphony’s Principal Percussionist, Jacob Nissly, as the work’s brilliant soloist.

Just as Losing Earth addresses a turning point in our natural world, so, too, does Mahler’s Fifth Symphony address a turning point in Mahler’s personal world. His Fifth was written in the wake of not only suffering a serious hemorrhage but also meeting his eventual wife, Alma. It is for her the symphony’s famous Adagietto was written: an orchestral love song for the ages.


Additional performances:

Wellington (5 April)

Salina Fisher | Kintsugi
Adam Schoenberg | Losing Earth (New Zealand Premiere)
Mahler | Symphony No. 5

Salina Fisher’s Kintsugi was inspired by the Japanese tradition of mending broken pottery with golden seams of lacquer – a fine metaphor for “embracing ‘brokenness’ and imperfection.”

American composer Adam Schoenberg was inspired by both the climate catastrophe threatening our natural world and the ancient use of percussion in storytelling. From this, his percussion concerto Losing Earth was born. We welcome its dedicatee, San Francisco Symphony’s Principal Percussionist, Jacob Nissly, as the work’s brilliant soloist.

Just as Losing Earth addresses a turning point in our natural world, so, too, does Mahler’s Fifth Symphony address a turning point in Mahler’s personal world. His Fifth was written in the wake of not only suffering a serious hemorrhage but also meeting his eventual wife, Alma. It is for her the symphony’s famous Adagietto was written: an orchestral love song for the ages.


Additional performances:

Wellington (5 April)

April 06, 2024 19:30   ·   Auckland Town Hall

NZSO | Testimony (Wellington)

Concert

Lilburn | Diversions for String Orchestra
Bruckner | String Quintet, Adagio
Rautavaara | Pelimannit
Tchaikovsky | Andante cantabile, TH63
Shostakovich | Chamber Symphony

Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony is an arrangement of his Eighth String Quartet, written after he saw the aftermath of the apocalyptic 1945 bombing of Dresden. Though he dedicated the Quartet to “victims of fascism and war,” in his later memoir, Testimony, Shostakovich said that the Quartet actually described himself.

The Adagio of Bruckner’s String Quintet was lauded as “the pearl of the quintet […] one of the noblest, most enlightened, tenderest and most beautiful in sound.” Tchaikovsky’s Andante cantabile is similarly a movement from a string chamber work, which Tchaikovsky arranged for cello and string orchestra.

Rautavaara and Lilburn hail from opposite sides of the globe -- and you can tell from their music. Pelimannit is Rautavaara’s suite of fantasies on Finnish fiddle music, while Lilburn’s Diversions overflow with Lilburn’s love for the Kiwi countryside.


Additional performances:

Nelson (13 April)
Napier (16 April)
Tauranga (18 April)
Hamilton (19 April)
Auckland (20 April)

Lilburn | Diversions for String Orchestra
Bruckner | String Quintet, Adagio
Rautavaara | Pelimannit
Tchaikovsky | Andante cantabile, TH63
Shostakovich | Chamber Symphony

Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony is an arrangement of his Eighth String Quartet, written after he saw the aftermath of the apocalyptic 1945 bombing of Dresden. Though he dedicated the Quartet to “victims of fascism and war,” in his later memoir, Testimony, Shostakovich said that the Quartet actually described himself.

The Adagio of Bruckner’s String Quintet was lauded as “the pearl of the quintet […] one of the noblest, most enlightened, tenderest and most beautiful in sound.” Tchaikovsky’s Andante cantabile is similarly a movement from a string chamber work, which Tchaikovsky arranged for cello and string orchestra.

Rautavaara and Lilburn hail from opposite sides of the globe -- and you can tell from their music. Pelimannit is Rautavaara’s suite of fantasies on Finnish fiddle music, while Lilburn’s Diversions overflow with Lilburn’s love for the Kiwi countryside.


Additional performances:

Nelson (13 April)
Napier (16 April)
Tauranga (18 April)
Hamilton (19 April)
Auckland (20 April)

April 12, 2024 18:30   ·   Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington

NZSO | Testimony (Nelson)

Concert

Lilburn | Diversions for String Orchestra
Bruckner | String Quintet, Adagio
Rautavaara | Pelimannit
Tchaikovsky | Andante cantabile, TH63
Shostakovich | Chamber Symphony

Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony is an arrangement of his Eighth String Quartet, written after he saw the aftermath of the apocalyptic 1945 bombing of Dresden. Though he dedicated the Quartet to “victims of fascism and war,” in his later memoir, Testimony, Shostakovich said that the Quartet actually described himself.

The Adagio of Bruckner’s String Quintet was lauded as “the pearl of the quintet […] one of the noblest, most enlightened, tenderest and most beautiful in sound.” Tchaikovsky’s Andante cantabile is similarly a movement from a string chamber work, which Tchaikovsky arranged for cello and string orchestra.

Rautavaara and Lilburn hail from opposite sides of the globe -- and you can tell from their music. Pelimannit is Rautavaara’s suite of fantasies on Finnish fiddle music, while Lilburn’s Diversions overflow with Lilburn’s love for the Kiwi countryside.


Additional performances:

Wellington (12 April)
Napier (16 April)
Tauranga (18 April)
Hamilton (19 April)
Auckland (20 April)

Lilburn | Diversions for String Orchestra
Bruckner | String Quintet, Adagio
Rautavaara | Pelimannit
Tchaikovsky | Andante cantabile, TH63
Shostakovich | Chamber Symphony

Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony is an arrangement of his Eighth String Quartet, written after he saw the aftermath of the apocalyptic 1945 bombing of Dresden. Though he dedicated the Quartet to “victims of fascism and war,” in his later memoir, Testimony, Shostakovich said that the Quartet actually described himself.

The Adagio of Bruckner’s String Quintet was lauded as “the pearl of the quintet […] one of the noblest, most enlightened, tenderest and most beautiful in sound.” Tchaikovsky’s Andante cantabile is similarly a movement from a string chamber work, which Tchaikovsky arranged for cello and string orchestra.

Rautavaara and Lilburn hail from opposite sides of the globe -- and you can tell from their music. Pelimannit is Rautavaara’s suite of fantasies on Finnish fiddle music, while Lilburn’s Diversions overflow with Lilburn’s love for the Kiwi countryside.


Additional performances:

Wellington (12 April)
Napier (16 April)
Tauranga (18 April)
Hamilton (19 April)
Auckland (20 April)

April 13, 2024 19:30   ·   Nelson Centre of Musical Arts

NZSO | Testimony (Napier)

Concert

Lilburn | Diversions for String Orchestra
Bruckner | String Quintet, Adagio
Rautavaara | Pelimannit
Tchaikovsky | Andante cantabile, TH63
Shostakovich | Chamber Symphony

Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony is an arrangement of his Eighth String Quartet, written after he saw the aftermath of the apocalyptic 1945 bombing of Dresden. Though he dedicated the Quartet to “victims of fascism and war,” in his later memoir, Testimony, Shostakovich said that the Quartet actually described himself.

The Adagio of Bruckner’s String Quintet was lauded as “the pearl of the quintet […] one of the noblest, most enlightened, tenderest and most beautiful in sound.” Tchaikovsky’s Andante cantabile is similarly a movement from a string chamber work, which Tchaikovsky arranged for cello and string orchestra.

Rautavaara and Lilburn hail from opposite sides of the globe -- and you can tell from their music. Pelimannit is Rautavaara’s suite of fantasies on Finnish fiddle music, while Lilburn’s Diversions overflow with Lilburn’s love for the Kiwi countryside.


Additional performances:

Wellington (12 April)
Nelson (13 April)
Tauranga (18 April)
Hamilton (19 April)
Auckland (20 April)

Lilburn | Diversions for String Orchestra
Bruckner | String Quintet, Adagio
Rautavaara | Pelimannit
Tchaikovsky | Andante cantabile, TH63
Shostakovich | Chamber Symphony

Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony is an arrangement of his Eighth String Quartet, written after he saw the aftermath of the apocalyptic 1945 bombing of Dresden. Though he dedicated the Quartet to “victims of fascism and war,” in his later memoir, Testimony, Shostakovich said that the Quartet actually described himself.

The Adagio of Bruckner’s String Quintet was lauded as “the pearl of the quintet […] one of the noblest, most enlightened, tenderest and most beautiful in sound.” Tchaikovsky’s Andante cantabile is similarly a movement from a string chamber work, which Tchaikovsky arranged for cello and string orchestra.

Rautavaara and Lilburn hail from opposite sides of the globe -- and you can tell from their music. Pelimannit is Rautavaara’s suite of fantasies on Finnish fiddle music, while Lilburn’s Diversions overflow with Lilburn’s love for the Kiwi countryside.


Additional performances:

Wellington (12 April)
Nelson (13 April)
Tauranga (18 April)
Hamilton (19 April)
Auckland (20 April)

April 16, 2024 19:30   ·   Napier Municipal Theatre

NZSO | Testimony (Tauranga)

Concert

Lilburn | Diversions for String Orchestra
Bruckner | String Quintet, Adagio
Rautavaara | Pelimannit
Tchaikovsky | Andante cantabile, TH63
Shostakovich | Chamber Symphony

Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony is an arrangement of his Eighth String Quartet, written after he saw the aftermath of the apocalyptic 1945 bombing of Dresden. Though he dedicated the Quartet to “victims of fascism and war,” in his later memoir, Testimony, Shostakovich said that the Quartet actually described himself.

The Adagio of Bruckner’s String Quintet was lauded as “the pearl of the quintet […] one of the noblest, most enlightened, tenderest and most beautiful in sound.” Tchaikovsky’s Andante cantabile is similarly a movement from a string chamber work, which Tchaikovsky arranged for cello and string orchestra.

Rautavaara and Lilburn hail from opposite sides of the globe -- and you can tell from their music. Pelimannit is Rautavaara’s suite of fantasies on Finnish fiddle music, while Lilburn’s Diversions overflow with Lilburn’s love for the Kiwi countryside.


Additional performances:

Wellington (12 April)
Nelson (13 April)
Napier (16 April)
Hamilton (19 April)
Auckland (20 April)

Lilburn | Diversions for String Orchestra
Bruckner | String Quintet, Adagio
Rautavaara | Pelimannit
Tchaikovsky | Andante cantabile, TH63
Shostakovich | Chamber Symphony

Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony is an arrangement of his Eighth String Quartet, written after he saw the aftermath of the apocalyptic 1945 bombing of Dresden. Though he dedicated the Quartet to “victims of fascism and war,” in his later memoir, Testimony, Shostakovich said that the Quartet actually described himself.

The Adagio of Bruckner’s String Quintet was lauded as “the pearl of the quintet […] one of the noblest, most enlightened, tenderest and most beautiful in sound.” Tchaikovsky’s Andante cantabile is similarly a movement from a string chamber work, which Tchaikovsky arranged for cello and string orchestra.

Rautavaara and Lilburn hail from opposite sides of the globe -- and you can tell from their music. Pelimannit is Rautavaara’s suite of fantasies on Finnish fiddle music, while Lilburn’s Diversions overflow with Lilburn’s love for the Kiwi countryside.


Additional performances:

Wellington (12 April)
Nelson (13 April)
Napier (16 April)
Hamilton (19 April)
Auckland (20 April)

April 18, 2024 19:30   ·   Baycourt Community and Arts Centre

NZSO | Testimony (Hamilton)

Concert

Lilburn | Diversions for String Orchestra
Bruckner | String Quintet, Adagio
Rautavaara | Pelimannit
Tchaikovsky | Andante cantabile, TH63
Shostakovich | Chamber Symphony

Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony is an arrangement of his Eighth String Quartet, written after he saw the aftermath of the apocalyptic 1945 bombing of Dresden. Though he dedicated the Quartet to “victims of fascism and war,” in his later memoir, Testimony, Shostakovich said that the Quartet actually described himself.

The Adagio of Bruckner’s String Quintet was lauded as “the pearl of the quintet […] one of the noblest, most enlightened, tenderest and most beautiful in sound.” Tchaikovsky’s Andante cantabile is similarly a movement from a string chamber work, which Tchaikovsky arranged for cello and string orchestra.

Rautavaara and Lilburn hail from opposite sides of the globe -- and you can tell from their music. Pelimannit is Rautavaara’s suite of fantasies on Finnish fiddle music, while Lilburn’s Diversions overflow with Lilburn’s love for the Kiwi countryside.

Second performance in Hamilton at 7:30pm on 19 April.


Additional performances:

Wellington (12 April)
Nelson (13 April)
Napier (16 April)
Tauranga (18 April)
Auckland (20 April)

Lilburn | Diversions for String Orchestra
Bruckner | String Quintet, Adagio
Rautavaara | Pelimannit
Tchaikovsky | Andante cantabile, TH63
Shostakovich | Chamber Symphony

Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony is an arrangement of his Eighth String Quartet, written after he saw the aftermath of the apocalyptic 1945 bombing of Dresden. Though he dedicated the Quartet to “victims of fascism and war,” in his later memoir, Testimony, Shostakovich said that the Quartet actually described himself.

The Adagio of Bruckner’s String Quintet was lauded as “the pearl of the quintet […] one of the noblest, most enlightened, tenderest and most beautiful in sound.” Tchaikovsky’s Andante cantabile is similarly a movement from a string chamber work, which Tchaikovsky arranged for cello and string orchestra.

Rautavaara and Lilburn hail from opposite sides of the globe -- and you can tell from their music. Pelimannit is Rautavaara’s suite of fantasies on Finnish fiddle music, while Lilburn’s Diversions overflow with Lilburn’s love for the Kiwi countryside.

Second performance in Hamilton at 7:30pm on 19 April.


Additional performances:

Wellington (12 April)
Nelson (13 April)
Napier (16 April)
Tauranga (18 April)
Auckland (20 April)

April 19, 2024 16:00   ·   Dr Gallagher Concert Chamber

NZSO | Testimony (Auckland)

Concert

Lilburn | Diversions for String Orchestra
Bruckner | String Quintet, Adagio
Rautavaara | Pelimannit
Tchaikovsky | Andante cantabile, TH63
Shostakovich | Chamber Symphony

Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony is an arrangement of his Eighth String Quartet, written after he saw the aftermath of the apocalyptic 1945 bombing of Dresden. Though he dedicated the Quartet to “victims of fascism and war,” in his later memoir, Testimony, Shostakovich said that the Quartet actually described himself.

The Adagio of Bruckner’s String Quintet was lauded as “the pearl of the quintet […] one of the noblest, most enlightened, tenderest and most beautiful in sound.” Tchaikovsky’s Andante cantabile is similarly a movement from a string chamber work, which Tchaikovsky arranged for cello and string orchestra.

Rautavaara and Lilburn hail from opposite sides of the globe -- and you can tell from their music. Pelimannit is Rautavaara’s suite of fantasies on Finnish fiddle music, while Lilburn’s Diversions overflow with Lilburn’s love for the Kiwi countryside.


Additional performances:

Wellington (12 April)
Nelson (13 April)
Napier (16 April)
Tauranga (18 April)
Hamilton (19 April)


Lilburn | Diversions for String Orchestra
Bruckner | String Quintet, Adagio
Rautavaara | Pelimannit
Tchaikovsky | Andante cantabile, TH63
Shostakovich | Chamber Symphony

Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony is an arrangement of his Eighth String Quartet, written after he saw the aftermath of the apocalyptic 1945 bombing of Dresden. Though he dedicated the Quartet to “victims of fascism and war,” in his later memoir, Testimony, Shostakovich said that the Quartet actually described himself.

The Adagio of Bruckner’s String Quintet was lauded as “the pearl of the quintet […] one of the noblest, most enlightened, tenderest and most beautiful in sound.” Tchaikovsky’s Andante cantabile is similarly a movement from a string chamber work, which Tchaikovsky arranged for cello and string orchestra.

Rautavaara and Lilburn hail from opposite sides of the globe -- and you can tell from their music. Pelimannit is Rautavaara’s suite of fantasies on Finnish fiddle music, while Lilburn’s Diversions overflow with Lilburn’s love for the Kiwi countryside.


Additional performances:

Wellington (12 April)
Nelson (13 April)
Napier (16 April)
Tauranga (18 April)
Hamilton (19 April)


April 20, 2024 19:30   ·   Auckland Town Hall

NZSO | Tchaikovsky 5 (Auckland)

Concert

Leonie Holmes | I watched a shadow (World Premiere)
Richard Strauss | Don Quixote
Tchaikovsky | Symphony No. 5

NZSO Principal Cellist Andrew Joyce, Principal Violist Julia Joyce and conductor Han-Na Chang lead a concert of great romantics.

Korean conductor Han-Na Chang is “one of her generation’s most exciting conductors” (Lars Flydal, Vårtland), capable of making an orchestra “play in a way I did not know they were capable of” (Magnus Andersson, Klassekampe). A cello prodigy who won First Prize at the Rostropovich International Cello Competition at just 11 years old, she switched to conducting at 24 and has electrified audiences ever since. Who better to conduct a performance of Richard Strauss’s tone poem for cello and orchestra, Don Quixote? Principal Cellist Andrew Joyce steps into the spotlight to give voice to the love-mad protagonist of Cervantes’s novel.

We are delighted to premiere a new work by Kiwi composer Leonie Holmes, whose evocative style echoes the Impressionism of last century. We then conclude with a milestone work, Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony. The first movement’s implacable main theme, balanced by the horn’s irresistibly moving second movement melody, embodies the big bold emotions of the Romantic era.


Additional performances:

Wellington (18 May)

Leonie Holmes | I watched a shadow (World Premiere)
Richard Strauss | Don Quixote
Tchaikovsky | Symphony No. 5

NZSO Principal Cellist Andrew Joyce, Principal Violist Julia Joyce and conductor Han-Na Chang lead a concert of great romantics.

Korean conductor Han-Na Chang is “one of her generation’s most exciting conductors” (Lars Flydal, Vårtland), capable of making an orchestra “play in a way I did not know they were capable of” (Magnus Andersson, Klassekampe). A cello prodigy who won First Prize at the Rostropovich International Cello Competition at just 11 years old, she switched to conducting at 24 and has electrified audiences ever since. Who better to conduct a performance of Richard Strauss’s tone poem for cello and orchestra, Don Quixote? Principal Cellist Andrew Joyce steps into the spotlight to give voice to the love-mad protagonist of Cervantes’s novel.

We are delighted to premiere a new work by Kiwi composer Leonie Holmes, whose evocative style echoes the Impressionism of last century. We then conclude with a milestone work, Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony. The first movement’s implacable main theme, balanced by the horn’s irresistibly moving second movement melody, embodies the big bold emotions of the Romantic era.


Additional performances:

Wellington (18 May)

May 17, 2024 19:30   ·   Auckland Town Hall

NZSO | Tchaikovsky 5 (Wellington)

Concert

Leonie Holmes | I watched a shadow (World Premiere)
Richard Strauss | Don Quixote
Tchaikovsky | Symphony No. 5

NZSO Principal Cellist Andrew Joyce, Principal Violist Julia Joyce and conductor Han-Na Chang lead a concert of great romantics.

Korean conductor Han-Na Chang is “one of her generation’s most exciting conductors” (Lars Flydal, Vårtland), capable of making an orchestra “play in a way I did not know they were capable of” (Magnus Andersson, Klassekampe). A cello prodigy who won First Prize at the Rostropovich International Cello Competition at just 11 years old, she switched to conducting at 24 and has electrified audiences ever since. Who better to conduct a performance of Richard Strauss’s tone poem for cello and orchestra, Don Quixote? Principal Cellist Andrew Joyce steps into the spotlight to give voice to the love-mad protagonist of Cervantes’s novel.

We are delighted to premiere a new work by Kiwi composer Leonie Holmes, whose evocative style echoes the Impressionism of last century. We then conclude with a milestone work, Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony. The first movement’s implacable main theme, balanced by the horn’s irresistibly moving second movement melody, embodies the big bold emotions of the Romantic era.


Additional performances:

Auckland (17 May)

Leonie Holmes | I watched a shadow (World Premiere)
Richard Strauss | Don Quixote
Tchaikovsky | Symphony No. 5

NZSO Principal Cellist Andrew Joyce, Principal Violist Julia Joyce and conductor Han-Na Chang lead a concert of great romantics.

Korean conductor Han-Na Chang is “one of her generation’s most exciting conductors” (Lars Flydal, Vårtland), capable of making an orchestra “play in a way I did not know they were capable of” (Magnus Andersson, Klassekampe). A cello prodigy who won First Prize at the Rostropovich International Cello Competition at just 11 years old, she switched to conducting at 24 and has electrified audiences ever since. Who better to conduct a performance of Richard Strauss’s tone poem for cello and orchestra, Don Quixote? Principal Cellist Andrew Joyce steps into the spotlight to give voice to the love-mad protagonist of Cervantes’s novel.

We are delighted to premiere a new work by Kiwi composer Leonie Holmes, whose evocative style echoes the Impressionism of last century. We then conclude with a milestone work, Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony. The first movement’s implacable main theme, balanced by the horn’s irresistibly moving second movement melody, embodies the big bold emotions of the Romantic era.


Additional performances:

Auckland (17 May)

May 18, 2024 19:30   ·   Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington

NZSO | Jubilation (Wellington)

Concert

Henry Meng | Fanfare
Richard Strauss | Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
Sai Natarajan | We Long For An Adventure
Shostakovich | Symphony No. 9

NZSO’s Music Director Emeritus James Judd is a familiar face to audiences after his eight year stint as the Orchestra’s Music Director. During that time, he lifted the Orchestra’s profile internationally, leading the NZSO on tours to Japan, Korea and Europe and conducting them in acclaimed recordings. He returns to conduct Strauss’s orchestral suite Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, from the Seventeenth-century play about a man's attempts to appear as someone he is not, and the foolish reality of who he is. Its jolly atmosphere is well matched by Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony. Though its iconic fourth-movement bassoon solo provides an oasis of deeply swelling anguish, overall, the Ninth is Shostakovich at his wittiest and most entertaining. Finally, Judd shows his characteristic generosity and support of Kiwi music by conducting two works by young Kiwi composers. Henry Meng and Sai Natarajan were both 2022/2023 TODD Composer Awards finalists, and their respective pieces are celebrations of both youth and the spirit of adventure.


Additional performances:

Blenheim (6 June)
Invercargill (11 June)
Dunedin (13 June)

Henry Meng | Fanfare
Richard Strauss | Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
Sai Natarajan | We Long For An Adventure
Shostakovich | Symphony No. 9

NZSO’s Music Director Emeritus James Judd is a familiar face to audiences after his eight year stint as the Orchestra’s Music Director. During that time, he lifted the Orchestra’s profile internationally, leading the NZSO on tours to Japan, Korea and Europe and conducting them in acclaimed recordings. He returns to conduct Strauss’s orchestral suite Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, from the Seventeenth-century play about a man's attempts to appear as someone he is not, and the foolish reality of who he is. Its jolly atmosphere is well matched by Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony. Though its iconic fourth-movement bassoon solo provides an oasis of deeply swelling anguish, overall, the Ninth is Shostakovich at his wittiest and most entertaining. Finally, Judd shows his characteristic generosity and support of Kiwi music by conducting two works by young Kiwi composers. Henry Meng and Sai Natarajan were both 2022/2023 TODD Composer Awards finalists, and their respective pieces are celebrations of both youth and the spirit of adventure.


Additional performances:

Blenheim (6 June)
Invercargill (11 June)
Dunedin (13 June)

May 30, 2024 19:30   ·   Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington

NZSO | Jubilation (Blenheim)

Concert

Henry Meng | Fanfare
Richard Strauss | Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
Sai Natarajan | We Long For An Adventure
Shostakovich | Symphony No. 9

NZSO’s Music Director Emeritus James Judd is a familiar face to audiences after his eight year stint as the Orchestra’s Music Director. During that time, he lifted the Orchestra’s profile internationally, leading the NZSO on tours to Japan, Korea and Europe and conducting them in acclaimed recordings. He returns to conduct Strauss’s orchestral suite Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, from the Seventeenth-century play about a man's attempts to appear as someone he is not, and the foolish reality of who he is. Its jolly atmosphere is well matched by Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony. Though its iconic fourth-movement bassoon solo provides an oasis of deeply swelling anguish, overall, the Ninth is Shostakovich at his wittiest and most entertaining. Finally, Judd shows his characteristic generosity and support of Kiwi music by conducting two works by young Kiwi composers. Henry Meng and Sai Natarajan were both 2022/2023 TODD Composer Awards finalists, and their respective pieces are celebrations of both youth and the spirit of adventure.


Additional performances:

Wellington (30 May)
Invercargill (11 June)
Dunedin (13 June)

Henry Meng | Fanfare
Richard Strauss | Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
Sai Natarajan | We Long For An Adventure
Shostakovich | Symphony No. 9

NZSO’s Music Director Emeritus James Judd is a familiar face to audiences after his eight year stint as the Orchestra’s Music Director. During that time, he lifted the Orchestra’s profile internationally, leading the NZSO on tours to Japan, Korea and Europe and conducting them in acclaimed recordings. He returns to conduct Strauss’s orchestral suite Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, from the Seventeenth-century play about a man's attempts to appear as someone he is not, and the foolish reality of who he is. Its jolly atmosphere is well matched by Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony. Though its iconic fourth-movement bassoon solo provides an oasis of deeply swelling anguish, overall, the Ninth is Shostakovich at his wittiest and most entertaining. Finally, Judd shows his characteristic generosity and support of Kiwi music by conducting two works by young Kiwi composers. Henry Meng and Sai Natarajan were both 2022/2023 TODD Composer Awards finalists, and their respective pieces are celebrations of both youth and the spirit of adventure.


Additional performances:

Wellington (30 May)
Invercargill (11 June)
Dunedin (13 June)

June 06, 2024 19:30   ·   ASB Theatre Marlborough

NZSO | Jubilation (Invercargill)

Concert

Henry Meng | Fanfare
Richard Strauss | Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
Sai Natarajan | We Long For An Adventure
Shostakovich | Symphony No. 9

NZSO’s Music Director Emeritus James Judd is a familiar face to audiences after his eight year stint as the Orchestra’s Music Director. During that time, he lifted the Orchestra’s profile internationally, leading the NZSO on tours to Japan, Korea and Europe and conducting them in acclaimed recordings. He returns to conduct Strauss’s orchestral suite Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, from the Seventeenth-century play about a man's attempts to appear as someone he is not, and the foolish reality of who he is. Its jolly atmosphere is well matched by Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony. Though its iconic fourth-movement bassoon solo provides an oasis of deeply swelling anguish, overall, the Ninth is Shostakovich at his wittiest and most entertaining. Finally, Judd shows his characteristic generosity and support of Kiwi music by conducting two works by young Kiwi composers. Henry Meng and Sai Natarajan were both 2022/2023 TODD Composer Awards finalists, and their respective pieces are celebrations of both youth and the spirit of adventure.


Additional performances:

Wellington (30 May)
Blenheim (6 June)
Dunedin (13 June)

Henry Meng | Fanfare
Richard Strauss | Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
Sai Natarajan | We Long For An Adventure
Shostakovich | Symphony No. 9

NZSO’s Music Director Emeritus James Judd is a familiar face to audiences after his eight year stint as the Orchestra’s Music Director. During that time, he lifted the Orchestra’s profile internationally, leading the NZSO on tours to Japan, Korea and Europe and conducting them in acclaimed recordings. He returns to conduct Strauss’s orchestral suite Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, from the Seventeenth-century play about a man's attempts to appear as someone he is not, and the foolish reality of who he is. Its jolly atmosphere is well matched by Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony. Though its iconic fourth-movement bassoon solo provides an oasis of deeply swelling anguish, overall, the Ninth is Shostakovich at his wittiest and most entertaining. Finally, Judd shows his characteristic generosity and support of Kiwi music by conducting two works by young Kiwi composers. Henry Meng and Sai Natarajan were both 2022/2023 TODD Composer Awards finalists, and their respective pieces are celebrations of both youth and the spirit of adventure.


Additional performances:

Wellington (30 May)
Blenheim (6 June)
Dunedin (13 June)

June 11, 2024 19:30   ·   Civic Theatre

NZSO | Jubilation (Dunedin)

Concert

Henry Meng | Fanfare
Richard Strauss | Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
Sai Natarajan | We Long For An Adventure
Shostakovich | Symphony No. 9

NZSO’s Music Director Emeritus James Judd is a familiar face to audiences after his eight year stint as the Orchestra’s Music Director. During that time, he lifted the Orchestra’s profile internationally, leading the NZSO on tours to Japan, Korea and Europe and conducting them in acclaimed recordings. He returns to conduct Strauss’s orchestral suite Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, from the Seventeenth-century play about a man's attempts to appear as someone he is not, and the foolish reality of who he is. Its jolly atmosphere is well matched by Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony. Though its iconic fourth-movement bassoon solo provides an oasis of deeply swelling anguish, overall, the Ninth is Shostakovich at his wittiest and most entertaining. Finally, Judd shows his characteristic generosity and support of Kiwi music by conducting two works by young Kiwi composers. Henry Meng and Sai Natarajan were both 2022/2023 TODD Composer Awards finalists, and their respective pieces are celebrations of both youth and the spirit of adventure.


Additional performances:

Wellington (30 May)
Blenheim (6 June)
Invercargill (11 June)


Henry Meng | Fanfare
Richard Strauss | Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
Sai Natarajan | We Long For An Adventure
Shostakovich | Symphony No. 9

NZSO’s Music Director Emeritus James Judd is a familiar face to audiences after his eight year stint as the Orchestra’s Music Director. During that time, he lifted the Orchestra’s profile internationally, leading the NZSO on tours to Japan, Korea and Europe and conducting them in acclaimed recordings. He returns to conduct Strauss’s orchestral suite Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, from the Seventeenth-century play about a man's attempts to appear as someone he is not, and the foolish reality of who he is. Its jolly atmosphere is well matched by Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony. Though its iconic fourth-movement bassoon solo provides an oasis of deeply swelling anguish, overall, the Ninth is Shostakovich at his wittiest and most entertaining. Finally, Judd shows his characteristic generosity and support of Kiwi music by conducting two works by young Kiwi composers. Henry Meng and Sai Natarajan were both 2022/2023 TODD Composer Awards finalists, and their respective pieces are celebrations of both youth and the spirit of adventure.


Additional performances:

Wellington (30 May)
Blenheim (6 June)
Invercargill (11 June)


June 30, 2024 19:30   ·   Dunedin Town Hall

NYO | Victory (Wellington)

Concert

Jessie Leov | NYO Composer-in-Residence work
Khachaturian | Piano Concerto
Prokofiev | Symphony No. 5

Tianyi Lu is a Kiwi conductor on the rise. Her deep love for music is matched by her burgeoning career, from being a Dudamel Fellow with the LA Philharmonic to becoming the first Female Conductor-in-Residence for the Welsh National Opera. Lu will bring “her exquisite calligraphic musical pictorialism” (LA Times) to Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony, Prokofiev’s “hymn to free and happy Man.”

We are pleased to introduce Shan Liu to more NZ audiences, following his success in the 2023 NZSO Young Artists’ Showcase. His already impressive resume belies his mere 13 years, having recently picked up first prizes in the Netherlands and Macao, and performing in Australia, Germany and the USA. He will perform Khachaturian’s Piano Concerto, the work that first introduced Khachaturian to Western audiences. We are also excited to premiere a work from another homegrown talent, Jessie Leov, the 2024 NYO Composer-in-Residence.

This year, we also celebrate the 25th year of the visionary support of Verna and the late Denis Adam through the Adam Foundation. This association has allowed generations of young New Zealanders to work with the finest musicians from here and overseas in a full-size symphony orchestra.


Additional performances:

Palmerston North (6 July)

Jessie Leov | NYO Composer-in-Residence work
Khachaturian | Piano Concerto
Prokofiev | Symphony No. 5

Tianyi Lu is a Kiwi conductor on the rise. Her deep love for music is matched by her burgeoning career, from being a Dudamel Fellow with the LA Philharmonic to becoming the first Female Conductor-in-Residence for the Welsh National Opera. Lu will bring “her exquisite calligraphic musical pictorialism” (LA Times) to Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony, Prokofiev’s “hymn to free and happy Man.”

We are pleased to introduce Shan Liu to more NZ audiences, following his success in the 2023 NZSO Young Artists’ Showcase. His already impressive resume belies his mere 13 years, having recently picked up first prizes in the Netherlands and Macao, and performing in Australia, Germany and the USA. He will perform Khachaturian’s Piano Concerto, the work that first introduced Khachaturian to Western audiences. We are also excited to premiere a work from another homegrown talent, Jessie Leov, the 2024 NYO Composer-in-Residence.

This year, we also celebrate the 25th year of the visionary support of Verna and the late Denis Adam through the Adam Foundation. This association has allowed generations of young New Zealanders to work with the finest musicians from here and overseas in a full-size symphony orchestra.


Additional performances:

Palmerston North (6 July)

July 05, 2024 18:30   ·   Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington

NYO | Victory (Palmerston North)

Concert

Jessie Leov | NYO Composer-in-Residence work
Khachaturian | Piano Concerto
Prokofiev | Symphony No. 5

Tianyi Lu is a Kiwi conductor on the rise. Her deep love for music is matched by her burgeoning career, from being a Dudamel Fellow with the LA Philharmonic to becoming the first Female Conductor-in-Residence for the Welsh National Opera. Lu will bring “her exquisite calligraphic musical pictorialism” (LA Times) to Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony, Prokofiev’s “hymn to free and happy Man.”

We are pleased to introduce Shan Liu to more NZ audiences, following his success in the 2023 NZSO Young Artists’ Showcase. His already impressive resume belies his mere 13 years, having recently picked up first prizes in the Netherlands and Macao, and performing in Australia, Germany and the USA. He will perform Khachaturian’s Piano Concerto, the work that first introduced Khachaturian to Western audiences. We are also excited to premiere a work from another homegrown talent, Jessie Leov, the 2024 NYO Composer-in-Residence.

This year, we also celebrate the 25th year of the visionary support of Verna and the late Denis Adam through the Adam Foundation. This association has allowed generations of young New Zealanders to work with the finest musicians from here and overseas in a full-size symphony orchestra.


Additional performances:

Wellington (5 July)

Jessie Leov | NYO Composer-in-Residence work
Khachaturian | Piano Concerto
Prokofiev | Symphony No. 5

Tianyi Lu is a Kiwi conductor on the rise. Her deep love for music is matched by her burgeoning career, from being a Dudamel Fellow with the LA Philharmonic to becoming the first Female Conductor-in-Residence for the Welsh National Opera. Lu will bring “her exquisite calligraphic musical pictorialism” (LA Times) to Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony, Prokofiev’s “hymn to free and happy Man.”

We are pleased to introduce Shan Liu to more NZ audiences, following his success in the 2023 NZSO Young Artists’ Showcase. His already impressive resume belies his mere 13 years, having recently picked up first prizes in the Netherlands and Macao, and performing in Australia, Germany and the USA. He will perform Khachaturian’s Piano Concerto, the work that first introduced Khachaturian to Western audiences. We are also excited to premiere a work from another homegrown talent, Jessie Leov, the 2024 NYO Composer-in-Residence.

This year, we also celebrate the 25th year of the visionary support of Verna and the late Denis Adam through the Adam Foundation. This association has allowed generations of young New Zealanders to work with the finest musicians from here and overseas in a full-size symphony orchestra.


Additional performances:

Wellington (5 July)

July 06, 2024 19:30   ·   Regent on Broadway
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