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New Beginnings


Sat 22 Feb 2014, 7:30pm–9:30pm

Where: Air Force Museum of New Zealand, 45 Harvard Ave, Wigram, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages


Listed by: michellewalsh

A fanfare, a world premiere and an enduring classic are a fitting start to the CSO's 2014 season.

Commissioned by the CSO to commemorate the opening of the Christchurch Art Gallery, Gareth Farr's fanfare Te Puna o Waiwhetu heralds the start of the Lamb and Hayward Masterworks Series. Finding its inspiration in another landmark of Christchurch, we are proud to be premiering Anthony Ritchie's Symphony No. 4.

The symphony takes as its point of departure a book called The Way of the Cross, which combines images of sculptures by Christchurch based sculptor Llew Summers, with poems by Bernadette Hall. Summers' 14 sculptures entitled The Stations of the Cross were created for the Christchurch Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in 2000.

Sibelius' violin concerto is the most frequently recorded and performed violin concerto of the 20th century. It is a deeply expressive and emotional work that places considerable virtuosic demands upon the soloist. Containing exquisitely beautiful melodies and masterful orchestration, Sibelius' only concerto is truly an exceptional piece of work.

British violinst Chloë Hanslip has already established herself as an artist of distinction on the international stage, appearing with renowned orchestras such as Tokyo Symphony, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. It is a great pleasure to welcome Ms Hanslip to our Christchurch stage.

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