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Vector Wellington Orchestra: 1910 - Firebird

When:

Fri 10 Sep 2010, 7:30pm

Where: Masterton Town Hall, 22 Perry Street, Masterton, Wairarapa

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult, balcony and stalls: $28.00
  • Senior (65+Gold Card holder): $22.00
  • Student (must show ID): $10.00
  • Child (15 and under): $10.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Listed by: VWOadmin

Special guest soloist, violinist Feng Ning, with Music Director Marc Taddei.

Barber – Adagio for Strings
Stravinsky – Firebird Suite
Elgar – Violin Concerto in B minor Op 61

Vector Wellington Orchestra is thrilled to announce its return to the Wairarapa in a concert featuring violin virtuoso Feng Ning. Ning is back by popular demand, after his 2008 appearance with the VWO sold out the Masterton Town Hall in a performance highly praised by Music and Vision Daily critic Howard Smith for its “impeccable technical command and sovereign purity”.

Called ‘1910’, - Firebird, the VWO’s concert marks the centenary of Stravinsky’s first great ballet score. Full of startling new colours and a highly physical rhythmic drive, the Firebird took the symphony orchestra in an exciting new direction. For music director Marc Taddei, this concert is a chance to celebrate the genius of a composer he greatly admires.

“Firebird was the work that launched the career of the century’s greatest composer,” Taddei says.

This year is also the centenary of the birth of American composer Samuel Barber. His yearning Adagio perfectly blends traditional romanticism with the new musical language of the 20th century. The work will call forth the orchestra’s richest, darkest sound in a work whose serenity is a perfect foil to the dazzling Firebird.

The programme’s third work, the Elgar Violin Concerto, also premiered in 1910. Soloist Ning has a strong New Zealand connection, having performed here regularly since winning the Michael Hill Violin Competition in 2005.

As a child in Chengdu, Ning dreamed of following in Paganini’s footsteps. “In middle school, I once bought a CD, and it came with a photo of Paganini's own violin, Cannone,” says Ning. “I thought then, ‘Perhaps one day, will I hold Cannone and hear its sound from my own hands?’”

That dream came true in 2006 when Ning won the prestigious Paganini Violin Concerto. One bonus of the win was the chance to hold – and play – the famous Cannone.

Not that Ning was immediately aware of this. He heard the competition jury, who spoke only Italian, call his name, and went up to receive one of the medals. “So, who won?” he ventured to ask somebody who spoke English. “Why, you did!” he learned.

That humble manner is typical of this seemingly artless young man. But put him on stage and he makes a chameleon-like transformation that leaves critics reaching across the whole spectrum of praise: fiery, passionate, arrogantly assured, insouciant, rakish, yet also lyrical and meltingly poetic.

Vector Wellington Orchestra thanks the Masterton Trust Lands Trust for their invaluable support for this concert.

“An extraordinary powerhouse of a performer with an unforgettably dazzling technique…” Graham Strahle, The Australian, March 2009.

“Feng Ning... is blessed with a fantastic technique and a luxuriously rich and flowing tone.” Rod Biss, The Listener, 2008.