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Orchestra Wellington - Invitation to the Dance

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  • Sat 9 Sep ’17, 7:30pm – 9:30pm


Michael Fowler Centre, 111 Wakefield Street, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $60.00
  • Adult - Goldcard: $50.00
  • Child: $10.00
  • Student (w/ID): $12.00

This, another dance-centred programme begins and ends with Ravel’s evolving ideas on the waltz. The first waltzes look backwards, modelled on Schubert’s delightful essays in the form.

But Ravel’s later work La Valse reflects its postwar world: written for Diaghilev in 1919, it is danced on the edge of a precipice; the beautiful ballrooms of the Belle Epoque are only memories.

Berlioz’ Invitation to the Dance is a clever adaptation of Weber’s piano music, eshing out a dialogue between a pair of dancers with a full range of orchestral voices.

Schumann, who we featured before, is an invisible presence here too: Grieg consciously modelled his piano concerto on Schumann’s. Like Schumann’s, it opens with a dramatic, descending flourish on the piano introducing a work that is by turns tender, romantic and playful. To perform it, we’re delighted to welcome Jian Liu, Head of Piano Studies at the NZSM and founding pianist of the world-class touring ensemble Te Koki Trio.

- Ravel - Noble and Sentimental Waltzes
- Grieg - Piano Concerto In a Minor - Jian Liu, Piano
- Carl Maria Von Weber
- Invitation to The Dance (arr. Berlioz)
- Ravel
- La Valse

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