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Orchestra Wellington - Nutcracker

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  • Sat 15 Oct ’16, 7:00pm


Michael Fowler Centre, 111 Wakefield Street, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • GA ADULT: $60.00
  • GOLD CARD: $50.00
  • CHILD: $10.00
  • STUDENT ID: $12.00

Pretty much all one needs to know about the art of orchestration can be found in this concert. One of them literally wrote the book on it!

Hector Berlioz (1803–1869)
Overture to Beatrice
and Benedict
Composed 1860

Béla Bartók (1881–1945)
Piano Concerto No. 3
In E Major
Composed 1945

Michael Houstoun Piano

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
Nutcracker Ballet, Act Ii
Composed 1892

Marc Taddei Conductor

In addition to the Bartok’s last musical love letter to his wife and Tchaikovsky’s enchanting final ballet, we pay tribute to Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary commemorations with the flamboyant Overture to Beatrice and Benedict by Hector Berlioz. Berlioz was hugely inspired by the works of Shakespeare and his two act opera, based upon “Much Ado about Nothing” is the first notable opera based on the work of the great playwright.

Tchaikovsky’s last ballet is impossibly famous – but deservedly so. From the most diaphanous textures to the grandest climaxes and the first appearance of the celeste, the Nutcracker is a marvel.

Michael Houstoun and Orchestra Wellington have enjoyed a long and fruitful artistic relationship and the intelligence and clarity that he brings to his music making seemed to us to be a perfect fit for the Bartok.

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