Opening night with New Zealand star Amalia Hall
Orchestra Wellington celebrates its opening night with
star Amalia Hall
Wellington’s season opener features a thrilling
performance by Amalia Hall.
brightens your midwinter night on June 9th, with two
the warmest pieces of music written – book-casing one of the great
violin concertos of the 20th century.
In between symphonies by Mozart and Dvorak, the
orchestra’s very own
Amalia Hall, performs Bartok’s second Violin Concerto, a piece which
combines dazzling virtuosity with heartbreaking lyricism.
Born and bred in
New Zealand, Hall’s numerous competition
include laureate prizes at the Joseph Joachim International Violin
Competition in Hannover, the International Violin Competition 'Premio
R. Lipizer', the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young
Musicians, Premio Citta di Padova International Competition for
Soloists and Orchestra, and the Kloster Schöntal International Violin
Wellington music director Marc Taddei promised big
when Hall was appointed concertmaster in 2016 – two years on, she’s
playing two concertos in the orchestra’s Great and Noble Season ’18.
performance on June 9th will be Hall’s first
performance with the orchestra since she took over the reins as it’s
leader last year, following her show stopping world premiere of Claire
Cowen’s “Stark” concerto, which saw her changing costume between
The Hungarian, Bartok wrote his
Violin Concerto No.2 in 1938 as the
shadows of fascism loomed large over Europe. That tension finds plenty
of expression on the music’s rapid twists and turns.
Bartok’s love of his own country’s folk melodies is
away, expressed in romantic melodies, modernistic rhythms and sizzling
virtuosity. The challenge for orchestra and soloist is tying
Also on the playlist is a magnificent work by
Mozart, his Prague
Symphony. Mozart counted the day he presented this symphony to the
public in 1787 as one of the happiest of his life.
Orchestra Wellington is
performing a cycle of Dvorak’s symphonies
during its six concert season starting with Dvorak’s Fifth Symphony.
The work opens with a fanfare scored for clarinets. The finale takes a
dramatic theme reminiscent of Tchaikovsky.
For interviews please contact Penny Miles, publicist, 021 644 800.
ORCHESTRA WELLINGTON presents Golden City
Saturday 9th June, 7.30pm
Michael Fowler Centre
Marc Taddei, music director
Amalia Hall, violin
Mozart Symphony No. 38 ‘Prague’
Bartok Violin Concerto No. 2
Dvorak Symphony No. 5