Past Event10 Jul 2020

National Youth Orchestra - Leningrad

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Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall

Classical music

With the ongoing uncertainty due to the COVID-19 situation, we regret that all scheduled New Zealand Symphony Orchestra concerts and associated events until 31 July, 2020 have been cancelled.

Devotion – Auckland Town Hall, 4th April 2020

Provocateurs – Auckland Town Hall, 27th June 2020

NYO: Leningrad – Auckland Town Hall, 10th July 2020

Rebels – Auckland Town Hall, 25th July 2020

When restrictions on public events were first announced, we suspended concerts in March and April to later dates.  However, at all COVID-19 Alert Levels there are likely to be restrictions on public events and admission of overseas artists entering New Zealand, making it prohibitively difficult for the NZSO to present its scheduled concert performances through to 31 July.

A statement as well as up to date information from NZSO can be found here

Ticket holders shall receive a full refund from the point of purchase.  If customers have any queries regarding their booking, please contact Ticketmaster


Giancarlo Guerrero Conductor          

Joshua Pearson New Commission (World Premiere)
Shostakovich Shostakovich 7 Revealed
Shostakovich Symphony No. 7 Leningrad

Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony is legendary. Titled Leningrad Symphony, it premiered in 1942 in the midst of the Siege of Leningrad, a brutal blockade of the city by Nazi forces. Written in a white-hot heat in between Shostakovich’s frequent evacuations to bomb shelters, the work was premiered by a cobbled-together orchestra of army recruits and those professional musicians who hadn’t yet starved to death. Despite the incomprehensible misery of the times, the symphony was held up as a defiant symbol of resistance against Nazi invasion. Its premiere was even played over speakers throughout the city to broadcast the Russian people’s refusal to give in. Smuggled in the work’s subtext, however, is Shostakovich’s critique of Stalinist oppression. Today, the work is seen as a heroic expression of the people’s fight against adversity, and against all odds. Shostakovich’s monumental symphony will be performed by the NYO alongside the NZSO.

Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony will be further unpacked in Shostakovich 7 Revealed, an interactive presentation that lets you delve even deeper into this masterpiece.

In addition, a new commission by the 2020 NYO Composer in Residence, Joshua Pearson, will be premiered. Conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero, this concert featuring New Zealand’s finest young musicians will undoubtedly prove to be a landmark event.

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