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Tall Tales & Tangos

Tall Tales & Tangos

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  • Sat 12 Oct ’13, 4:30pm


Michael Fowler Centre, 111 Wakefield Street, Wellington


All Ages



Peter and the Wolf narrated by Anton Oliver
Tecwyn Evans - conductor
Anton Oliver - narrator

Tchaikovsky - Selections from The Nutcracker
Farquhar - Short Suite from Ring Round the Moon
Prokofiev - Peter and the Wolf

Legendary All Blacks hooker and arts connoisseur Anton Oliver packs down with the NZSO in a concert of tall tales and tangos. Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf introduced millions of children to classical music, and in this performance Oliver narrates the story of how Peter, together with his animal friends, out-smart the devious wolf. In another flight of fancy, sugar-plum fairies and Russian dancers take centre stage in Tchaikovsky’s charming selections from The Nutcracker. Our dance theme continues as New Zealand composer David Farquhar’s Short Suite from Ring Round the Moon Suite tangos, polkas and waltzes us away.

Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite is a colourful orchestral confectionery, sprinkled with exotic melodies and topped with a brilliant finale. Rich harmonies and unexpected sonorities make Farquhar’s Short Suite from Ring Round the Moon Suite much more than a collection of dances. The highlight of this evening, Peter and the Wolf, delights children and adults alike as the bird, duck, cat and our incorrigible hero turn the tables on the wolf. Funny, capricious and completely captivating, this is a concert for the whole family.

Free pre-concert talk 45 minutes prior

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