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Sat 5 Aug 2017, 7:30pm–9:00pm

Where: Michael Fowler Centre, 111 Wakefield Street, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $60.00
  • Adult-Gold Card: $50.00
  • Child: $10.00
  • Student-with ID: $12.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: marekqy8

When Diaghilev brought the Ballets Russes to London for their triumphant 1911 tour, Ravel’s orchestration of Schumann’s showpiece for piano was one of the works they presented. Arthur Applin, who saw those groundbreaking performances, wrote, “Hark to the music. Light as thistle- down, blown here and there, high and low by every little wanton wind. Music that makes sport of love and mocks passion, yet sets the blood dancing...”

We welcome Stephen de Pledge to play Schumann’s beloved piano concerto. Schumann once wrote of his desire to see a concerto where “the soloist, dominant at the keyboard, may unfold the wealth of his instrument and his art, while the orchestra, no longer a mere spectator, may interweave its manifold facets into the scene.” This concerto embodies his hope.

The Orpheus Choir joins us for another Diaghilev commission, Daphnis and Chloe. Ravel’s greatest orchestral work was conceived as “a vast musical fresco”. He deploys massive forces, including chorus, with utmost precision. Every glowing, evocative bar of it is a masterpiece.

Robert Schumann
Carnaval (Orch. Ravel)

Robert Schumann
Piano Concerto In a Minor
Stephen De Pledge, Piano

Maurice Ravel
Daphnis and Chloe
Orpheus Choir of Wellington

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