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Orchestra Wellington - Song of the Nightingale


Sat 9 Aug 2014, 7:30pm

Where: Michael Fowler Centre, 111 Wakefield Street, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult A Reserve: $55.00
  • Adult B Reserve: $50.00
  • Concession A Reserve (Gold Card): $50.00
  • Concession B Reserve (Gold Card): $45.00
  • Concession B Reserve (Gold Card): $45.00
  • Child: $15.00
  • Under 35yrs: $25.00
  • Student: $15.00
  • Community service card: $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Related Artists:

Haydn’s ‘Hen’ symphony carries more drama and mystery than its title might suggest. Rimsky- Korsakov’s fantastic score for The Golden Cockerel shares Stravinsky’s ability to evoke magic, and reveals a Russian bent for satire. Stravinsky adapted his symphonic poem The Song of the Nightingale from his first opera, based on a fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen. Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G sparkles and struts, with more than a hint of jazz swagger.

Featuring: Jian Liu, piano

Symphony No. 83 in G minor,
The Hen

Piano Concerto in G

Song of the Nightingale

The Golden Cockerel

Free pre-concert talk with Music Director, Marc Taddei, and guest(s) at 6.30pm

Our mid-winter gala concert appears to be about birds, ranging from a humble hen to a glorious golden cockerel. But really, it is about colour, and the excitement that only great composers and a full symphony orchestra can provide. There are clear links between the work of Rimsky-Korsakov and his gifted student, Igor Stravinsky. Certainly one can hear similarities in their use of orchestral forces.

For contrast, the Haydn symphony and Ravel’s jazzy piano concerto offer a sense of classical restraint and light-hearted emotion. We are particularly pleased to present to Wellington audiences the newest Lecturer in Piano at the New Zealand School of Music, Jian Liu.

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