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NZSO Listings-: June - September 2006

LISTINGS-: June - September 2006

Highlights of this period include New Zealand's ONLY Mozart 250th Festival Celebration in August where Mozart specialist, Robert Levin will perform various recitals and concerts with the NZSO as well as including other events including a screening of one of the finest opera films ever made: Bergman's 'The Magic Flute'


The Russian Rendevous Subscription series 3 A new work by celebrated New Zealand composer Gillian Whitehead in her 65th year, Karohirohi or 'The Shimmering of Light', was written, appropriately, for the harp. It will be premiered by our own Carloyn Mills. Mozart's piano concerto, K595, is his last and most radiant, written at the height of his powers. This contrasts with Rachmaninov's first - but expansive and eloquent - symphony.

Friday 23 June at 6.30pm Michael Fowler Centre Wellington Friday 30 June at 6.30pm Auckland Town Hall Auckland Tuesday 4 July at 8.00pm Invercargill Civic Centre Invercargill Wednesday 5 July at 6.30pm Dunedin Town Hall Dunedin Thursday 6 July at 6.30pm Christchurch Town Hall Christchurch

Alexander Lazarev- Conductor Till Felner- Piano Carolyn Mills- Harp

Whitehead: Karohirohi Mozart: Piano Concerto No 27 in B-flat K 595 Rachmaninov: Symphony No 1 in D Minor Op 13

Series 2 >From the 1980s, Schnittke's music has gained increasing exposure and international acclaim making him Russia's most celebrated recent composer. Beethoven's third piano concerto, finished in 1800, clearly outlines the creative genius of the composer. Shostakovich's fascinating sixth symphony of 1939 is a hit with audiences - with its epic first movement, whirling scherzo and unbelievably manic and high-spirited finale.

Saturday 1 July at 8.00pm AUCKLAND TOWN HALL Auckland Preconcert talk- 7.15pm Saturday 8 July at 8.00pm Michael Fowler Centre Wellington Preconcert talk- 7.15pm

Alexander Lazarev- Conductor Till Felner- Piano

Schnittke: Symphonic Prelude Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 3 in C Minor Op 37 Shostakovich: Symphony No 6 Op 53

Subscription Concert 4 - Series 1

Friday 21 July at 6.30pm MICHAEL FOWLER CENTRE Wellington Friday 4 August at 6.30pm AUCKLAND TOWN HALL Auckland

Matthias Bamert- Conductor

Beethoven: Symphony No 8 on F Major Op 93 Bruckner: Symphony No 6 in A Major

The Return of Jonathan Lemalu Subscription Concert 4 - Series 2 >From a new work by ONZM reciepent Gareth Farr and the richness of the wonderful world of Mahler songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn sung by New Zealand star bass-baritone Jonathan Lemalu, come the blue skies and heavenly warmth of Brahms' Second Symphony, written in the idyllic ambience of a Carinthian summer.

Wednesday 26 July at 6.30pm TOWN HALL Christchurch Preconcert talk 5.45pm Thursday 27 July at 8.00pm TOWN HALL Dunedin Preconcert talk 7.15

Saturday 29 July at 8.00pm Michael Fowler Centre Wellington Preconcert Talk 7.15pm

Thursday 3 August at 8.00pm Baycourt Tauranga

Saturday 5 August at 8.00pm Auckland Town Hall Auckland Preconcert talk 7.15pm

Matthias Bamert- Conductor Jonathan Lemalu- Bass baritone David Bremner- trombone

Farr: 2006- work commissioned for trombone Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn: "Trost im Ungluck" Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn: "Revelge" Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn: "Lob des hohen Verstands" Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn: "Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt" Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn: "Wer hat dies Liedel erdacht?" Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn: "Der Tamboursg'sell" Brahms: symphony No 2 in D Major Op73


Forte Piano Recital Thursday 10 August 7pm Illorr Theatre, Wellington Town Hall

Forte Piano specialist, Robert Levin will showcase the improvisational technique of performers that 18th Century listeners would expect. These lively works will present Mozart as if you were sitting in the room with him.

Capriccio for Piano in C Major K395 Four Preludes Piano Sonata No 13 in b Flat K333 Piano Sonata No 4 in E Flat Major Overture to the Abduction from the Seragilo K384 Piano Sonata No 10 in C Major

NZSO rocks to Mozart Friday 11 August at 6.30pm WELLINGTON TOWN HALL Wellington

The Magic Flute Overture is the perfect scene-setter for this tempting concert to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth. Recognised Mozart specialist Robert Levin solos in one the most attractive of the piano concertos - No 24, K 491 - plus a touch of improvisation, and the famous 'Mozart 40', the great G minor Symphony, sets the seal on the evening.

Nicholas McGegan- Conductor Robert Levin- Piano

Mozart: Die Zauberflote Overture K 620 Mozart: Piano Concerto No 24 in C Minor K 491 Mozart: Symphony No 40 in G Minor K 550

Bergmann's Magic Flute

Saturday 12 August 8.30pm Embassy Theatre

One of the finest opera films ever mnade, this adaptation of 'The Magic Flute' was sund in Swedish and shot in an impressive studio reconstruction of Stockholm's famous 18th century Drottningholm Theatre. Bergman said that making this film "was the best time of my life: you can't imagine what it is like to have Mozart's music in the studio every day."


The spirit of the Enlightenment shines through Mozart's music including his Mauerische Trauermusik (Masonic funeral music), followed here by the eloquence, noble serenity and great tunes of the G minor Symphony No 29 - used for the main theme in the movie Amadeus. Then comes an unforgettable reminder of Mozart's fragile mortality with the tragic genius of the Requiem. 59

Sunday 13 August at 3.00pm WELLINGTON TOWN HALL Wellington

Nicholas McGegan- Conductor Tower Voices New Zealand

Mozart: Maurerische Trauemusik K 477 Mozart: Symphony No 25 in G Minor K 183 Mozart: Requiem in D Minor K626

NZSO National Youth Orchestra

Tuesday 29 August at 7.00pm Michael Fowler Centre Wellington

Thursday 31 August at 7.00pm Town Hall Christchurch

Saturday 2 September at 7.00pm Auckland Auckland

NZSO National Youth Orchestra

Simon Streatfield- Conductor

Beethoven: Egmont Overture Op 84a Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier- Suite op. 59 Shostakovich: Symphony No 10 in E Minor Op 93

NZSO Family Concerts

The NZSO is thrilled to announce the return of extraordinary Norwegian musical clown Melvin Tix who performed family concerts in the lower North Island in 2003. All concerts are 1 hour with no interval and are best suited to 3-10 year olds and their parents. Melvin Tix will introduce the audience to the orchestra, perform brass solos on a mini trumpet, trombone and horn and conduct the NZSO. These interactive and fu concerts aim to spark curiosity, interest and enjoyment whilst introducing children to the wonderful world of orchestral music.

Monday 11 September at 11.30am EXPRESSIONS Upper Hutt/Wellington Tuesday 12 September at 10.30am MICHAEL FOWLER CENTRE Wellington Wednesday 13 September at 10.00am LOWER HUTT TOWN HALL Wellington Wednesday 13 September at 11.30am LOWER HUTT TOWN HALL Wellington Friday 14 September at 6.30am SOUTHWARD MUSEUM THEATRE Southward Friday 15 September at 11.00am MASTERTON TOWN HALL MASTERTON Saturday 16 September at 11.00am Michael Fowler Centre Wellington

Melvin Tix- Edutix Melvin Tix (Petter Vabog)- Conductor/ Presenter

Fucik: Entry of the Gladiators Richardson/ McLean arr. Vabog: Circus Polka Traditional arr. Tix, Melvin: Traditional: Fairytale Vabog: The Conductor Strauss Vater: Radetsky March Op 228 Arr. Vabog, Petter: Old McDonald had a farm... Traditional arr. Vabog, Petter: Carnival for Clown and Orchestra Kabalevsky arr. Vabog, Petter: The Comedians- Galop


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