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Wellington Chamber Orchestra (WCO): Sunday Concert

Wellington Chamber Orchestra (WCO): Sunday Concert

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  • Sun 21 Sep ’14, 2:30pm – 4:30pm


St Andrews on the Terrace, 30 The Terrace, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $19.00
  • Senior/Tertiary student: $14.00
  • School student and younger: $0.00

Justin Pearce conducts the orchestra lead by Kathryn Maloney with a programme of:

Smetans: Vlatava (The Moldau)
This well-loved symphonic poem portrays the journey the river Vltava takes through the Czech Republic. Through clever use of theme and motif, Smetana conveys to us the movement and mood of the river as it winds its way through the countryside, traversing and tumbling through narrow rapids and flowing into broad expanses.

Larry Pruden: Harbour Nocturne
A crisp, clear night on Wellington Harbour, the lap of the tide against the sea wall, the slap of salt water on the dock pilings. As inhabitants of this city the composer invites us to evoke our own images in response to this intimate and personal work.

Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain
This evocative and theatrical work richly orchestrated by Rimsky-Korsakov has always had the ability to draw the listener into a world of shadow and ritual, pulling us down deep within the mountain to tread its paths and byways. Through caverns and labyrinths we travel, assailed by demonic forces and the terrors of our imagination. With a mounting sense of hysteria we fly, until we emerge into the light and the dawn of a new day.

Rachmaninov: Selections from Aleko
The orchestra with vocal soloists Roger Wilson (bass-baritone), Janey Mackenzie (soprano), and Jamie Young (tenor)
presents scenes and excerpts from this wonderfully lyric student opera by Rachmaninoff. With a libretto adapted from The Gypsies by Alexander Pushkin we hear the story of Aleko, a Russian who has abandoned civilisation for the romance of gypsy life and of his infatuation and obsession with the young gypsy woman, Zemfira. This obsession will lead to tragedy and the crumbling of Aleko’s romantic ideals.

Tickets are also available at the door on the day of the concert (adults - $20; tertiary students, seniors, unwaged - $15; school students or younger - free)

Ticket sales are limited by the size of the venue so bookings are recommended.

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