New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

31 Jan - 12 Dec 2020

Auckland Town Hall

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra will introduce a series of multi-day festival concerts and events around the country in 2021, in addition to their popular Podium Series and Setting Up Camp tours. 

The new NZSO Festivals will be performed in Auckland, Tauranga, Hamilton, Napier, Wellington, and Christchurch with several performances and other events by the orchestra presented in each city over three days. 

Festival conductors include New Zealander Holly Mathieson, who leads the NZSO for Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique' Takemitsu’s Dreamtime , and New Zealand composer Dorothy Ker’s The Third Dream

NZSO Principal Conductor in Residence, Hamish McKeich, will conduct festival performances featuring the great composer Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird, along with New Zealand composer Juliet Palmer’s Buzzard and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23, with celebrated New Zealand pianist, Diedre Irons. 

Russian Vasily Petrenko and Israeli Asher Fisch are among the internationally renowned conductors who will lead the NZSO in 2021. 

With 2021 the fiftieth anniversary of Stravinsky’s death, the NZSO will partner with the Royal New Zealand Ballet for the composer's The Soldier’s Tale. Other key works by Stravinsky, who conducted the NZSO in 1961, will be performed throughout the year. 

Maestro Petrenko will lead the orchestra for Beethoven’s magnificent Missa Solemnis, featuring four superb soloists: soprano Madeleine Pierard, mezzo-soprano Kristin Darragh, tenor Simon O’Neill, bass Jonathan Lemalu, and the Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir. 

Maestro Fisch will lead the orchestra for Ravel’sLa Valse, Stravinsky’s Petrushka (1947), and London-born Anna Clyne’s Masquerade. Acclaimed New Zealand pianist, Stephen De Pledge, performs Ravel’s Piano Concerto. 

The NZSO in association with the Royal New Zealand Ballet will perform Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Setting Up Camp, a popular multi-day programme of daytime performances to schools and community groups, including evening concerts, will tour the South Island in 2021 for the first time, along with additional North Island performances. 

Subscriptions to the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra 2021 season open now - book your subscription here.

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