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Orchestra Wellington - Petrouchka

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  • Sat 4 Nov ’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

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Orchestra Wellington

Taking our impresario role again, we introduce our Jack Body Composer in Residence, Tabea Squire, with a premiere of her work combining Orchestra Wellington and our partner Arohanui Strings Sistema Hutt Valley.

We also welcome Suyeon Kang, 2015 Michael Hill Violin Competition winner, to perform Nielsen’s Violin Concerto. It’s a spacious, bracing work, full of the sound of nature. Nielsen wrote it in Grieg’s composing cabin, where he spent a summer at the invitation of Grieg’s widow. It was completed in 1911, a seminal year for many works we present this year including the major work in this concert, Stravinsky’s Petrouchka.

Stravinsky imagined a Russian Pierrot, “…a puppet suddenly endowed with life, exasperating the patience of the orchestra with diabolical cascades of arpeggi.” Diaghilev encouraged him, commissioning the second of Stravinsky’s great triad of masterpieces for the Ballets Russes.

It's setting in a traditional Russian Shrovetide Fair suited Stravinsky’s flair for orchestral colour and drama to describe the chaos and brilliance of the scenario.

- Tabea Squire
- Colour Lines (New Commission)
- Carl Nielsen
- Violin Concerto - Suyeon Kang, Violin
- Igor Stravinsky
- Petrouchka

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