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From Kerikeri to Invercargill, the NZSO ventures into the heart of New Zealand communities with concerts and other unique musical experiences. 2020 is the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth and your national orchestra celebrates this beloved composer with performances of some of his greatest works. Highlights include the rarely performed Missa Solemnis and a special performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony as part of Carnegie Hall’s international collaboration All Together: A Global Ode to Joy. The Podium Series continues to present contemporary works alongside the tried-and-true. Mozart, Haydn and JS Bach rub shoulders with Prokofiev, Bartók and Rachmaninov, with Kiwi composers delivering musical taonga of and for the people of Aotearoa New Zealand. Audiences will be treated to some of the biggest names in classical music with Marin Alsop, Donald Runnicles and Esther Yoo joining the NZSO for the first time. YouTube sensation Valentina Lisitsa, Alexander Shelley, Johannes Moser and Augustin Hadelich return in 2020. NZSO Experience offers something special for New Zealanders. Shed Series brings innovative and unique music to communities in relaxed environments, while the Baroque Series presents works from the extended Bach family. Beyond the concert hall, NZSO Engage is all about music and community. With a host of performance, education and community activities, Engage gets you closer to your Orchestra than ever before. NZSO’s new residency programme, Setting up Camp, takes the NZSO to locations across the North Island, performing concerts and taking up residence for several days to bring music to your town. The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra doesn’t just do concerts, it reaches beyond the stage to bring music to all New Zealanders. Enjoy.

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It is my pleasure to introduce the 2020 season of the NZSO, Aotearoa’s national Orchestra. The exciting line-up of concerts reflects the depth and diversity of live symphonic music the Orchestra is bringing to our cities and towns. From North to South, the NZSO makes worldclass orchestral music accessible to audiences throughout our country. In 2020 our Orchestra brings together past and present, combining Bach with newly commissioned works. Connecting New Zealand with the world, it brings together artists and works from around the globe. Kia Kotahi: He Toirangi Ā-Ao Kia Harikoa concerts are a great example of this. Beethoven is given new life with a te reo Māori performance of the iconic Ninth Symphony Ode to Joy performed with school and youth choirs. In the spirit of the Ninth, this concert also unites Aotearoa New Zealand with the global community – with other performances in local languages to be held in Brazil, the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, Austria and South Africa. Alongside Beethoven, audiences will hear four new New Zealand works showcasing the musical talent our country proudly fosters. I acknowledge the talent and dedication of the musicians. I also extend a warm welcome to the international and guest artists joining the NZSO this season, including acclaimed young New Zealand conductor Gemma New. To the Orchestra, and to the many other people who make their performances possible, I wish you a successful 2020 season. Hon Carmel Sepuloni ASSOCIATE MINISTER FOR ARTS, CULTURE AND HERITAGE


The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s 2019 Beethoven Festival was a resounding success. For our 2020 Season, the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, we’re excited to present more of his great music, along with works by other renowned composers and a superb array of soloists and conductors. The Season includes Beethoven’s timeless Ninth Symphony – but in a way never before heard in New Zealand. The performances are part of a unique international project All Together: A Global Ode to Joy, instigated by Carnegie Hall and led by acclaimed American conductor Marin Alsop. The international guests in 2020 are some of the most exceptional and talented in the world today. We welcome back maestros Osmo Vänskä, Vasily Petrenko and Miguel Harth-Bedoya, and the NZSO debut of sixtime Grammy Award winner Giancarlo Guerrero. Audiences were enthralled by cellist Johannes Moser and violinist Augustin Hadelich in 2018. They’re back, along with star pianist Valentina Lisitsa and the NZSO premiere of the extraordinary pianist Yeol Eum Son. Maestro Edo de Waart, as our Conductor Laureate, also returns, and with him the exceptional singer, Erin Wall. Another highlight is the NZSO debut of New Zealander Gemma New, hailed as a leader among a new generation of conductors. Our hit Shed Series, initiated by NZSO Principal Conductor in Residence Hamish McKeich, will be even bigger in 2020 and includes our first concerts in Auckland. More communities around the country can also enjoy our popular Baroque Series with the Bach Extended tour and as part of an innovative new residency programme, Setting up Camp. The NZSO will meet and perform to schools, youth and community groups during the day, as well as perform each evening. It’s a fresh new way for us to engage with all New Zealanders and we’re very excited to see where it takes us. As we tour from Kerikeri to Invercargill in 2020, we look forward to seeing you.

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Podium Series Podium Series 2020 marks 250 years since Beethoven’s birth and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra celebrates his legacy with performances of some of his greatest works. The much-loved Eroica, Fifth and Pastoral symphonies, the Emperor Piano Concerto and other seminal works will be heard in concert halls across the country. Though Beethoven remains the common thread throughout the season, the Podium Series offers something for all music lovers. Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, Haydn’s Tempora Mutantur, JS Bach’s Toccata and Fugue, Elgar’s Cello Concerto, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, Bartók’s The Miraculous Mandarin, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky’s Fifth symphonies all feature in 2020. The NZSO brings some of the best classical artists to our shores. International conductors Alexander Shelley, Donald Runnicles, Giancarlo Guerrero, Marin Alsop and Osmo Vänskä feature alongside world-class musicians. Organist Cameron Carpenter, violinists Augustin Hadelich and Esther Yoo, cellist Johannes Moser and pianists Valentina Lisitsa and Yeol Eum Son are just some of the musicians you’ll see in 2020. With subscription packages from just $48, why not subscribe for yet another year of outstanding music-making by your orchestra – the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. 


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Christchurch Fri, 20 Mar, 7.30pm Christchurch Town Hall Dunedin Sat, 21 Mar, 7.30pm Dunedin Town Hall 14

Laurence Reese, Section Principal Timpani

Alexander Shelley Conductor Cameron Carpenter Organ JS Bach Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565 Poulenc Organ Concerto Beethoven Symphony No. 5 Alexander Shelley returns to conduct this tribute to the mightiest of instruments – the organ. The only instrument to match the orchestra itself in scale and grandeur of sound, its limits will be thrillingly pushed under the hands of maverick organist Cameron Carpenter. Known for his dramatically individualistic takes on classic organ repertoire, Carpenter revolutionises one of Bach’s greatest organ works: the iconic Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. His prodigious talents will be further showcased in Francis Poulenc’s Organ Concerto in G Minor. Originally intended as an easy showcase for a wealthy commissioner’s organ-playing skills, Poulenc soon expanded this original concept, drawing on JS Bach’s and Dietrich Buxtehude’s great Baroque organ works to create his own grand masterpiece. Beethoven enlarged the scope of the symphony when he wrote arguably his most famous: the Fifth. The opening “da-dada-dah” rhythmic motif ties the symphony together in a previously uncommon cyclic structure. Beethoven’s structural daring is only matched by the symphony’s breathless urgency, making the work irresistible to listeners even today.

Photo: Rémi Thériault

Alexander Shelley

Cameron Carpenter




Wellington Fri, 3 Apr, 6.30pm Michael Fowler Centre Auckland Sat, 4 Apr, 7.30pm Auckland Town Hall 16

Beatrix Francis, Viola

Donald Runnicles Conductor Jennifer Davis Soprano Vasilisa Berzhanskaya Mezzo-soprano Samuel Sakker Tenor Jonathan Lemalu Bass Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir Beethoven Missa Solemnis Following the triumphant 2019 Beethoven Festival, NZSO’s celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth continues with a masterwork from the end of his life – the Missa Solemnis. Imbued with theatrical spirit of opera and deep spirituality of Catholic mass, mixed choir, soloists and orchestra bring to life this rarely heard magnum opus. Maestro Donald Runnicles visits New Zealand for the first time to conduct this work. Currently Music Director of Deutsche Oper Berlin and Music Director of the Grand Teton Music Festival, Runnicles is also Principal Guest Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Under his baton, a quartet of local and international soloists will be supported by Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir. Runnicles brings his considerable operatic expertise to Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, a work whose manuscript Beethoven inscribed with the phrase: “From the heart – may it return to the heart!”

Jennifer Davis

Samuel Sakker

Jonathan Lemalu

Vasilisa Berzhanskaya

JL Photo: Sussie Ahlberg

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Donald Runnicles



Emperor Tauranga Wed, 22 Apr, 7.30pm Baycourt Theatre Hamilton Thu, 23 Apr, 7.30pm Claudelands Arena Napier Fri, 24 Apr, 7.30pm Municipal Theatre Dunedin Thu, 21 May, 7.30pm Dunedin Town Hall Christchurch Fri, 22 May, 7.30pm Christchurch Town Hall 18

Hamish McKeich, Principal Conductor in Residence

Hamish McKeich Conductor Diedre Irons Piano Weber Overture to Der Freischütz Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 Emperor Beethoven Symphony No. 5 (Tauranga, Hamilton & Napier) Brahms Symphony No. 4 (Christchurch & Dunedin) NZSO Principal Conductor in Residence Hamish McKeich presents some of Beethoven’s most iconic works in the 250th anniversary of his birth. Diedre Irons joins the Orchestra as soloist for Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto. Awarded an MBE and an ONZM for her outstanding contributions to music as both a stunning performer and dedicated educator, her formidable talent and musicality will bring out every nuance of Beethoven’s last-written and best-loved Piano Concerto. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 has perhaps the most famous opening of any piece of classical music. Its “da-da-da-dah” rhythmic motif has found its way into pop songs, Morse code and even Doctor Who. But its ubiquity hides its genius: using this distinctive motif as a common thread throughout all four movements, Beethoven wrote a symphony whose form was cyclic, rather than linear, and thus revolutionised symphonic form. Brahms initially struggled to find his voice while still under the shadow of Beethoven’s immense influence on the symphonic form. By the time he came to write his fourth symphony, however, Brahms had come into his own as the next great German symphonist. The work alludes to multiple Beethoven compositions, but also forges its own path forward in its structural innovations and organic development. The Orchestra also presents Carl Maria von Weber’s Overture to Der Freischütz. Though rarely performed now, Weber’s opera Der Freischütz was an overnight sensation in its time, and is a clear forerunner to Wagner’s operas with its use of German folk tunes and mythology.

Hamish McKeich

Diedre Irons




Wellington Fri, 26 Jun, 6.30pm Michael Fowler Centre Auckland Sat, 27 Jun, 7.30pm Auckland Town Hall 20

Ellen Deverall, Associate Principal Clarinet

Giancarlo Guerrero Conductor Valentina Lisitsa Piano Tabea Squire Variations Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 Rachmaninov The Isle of the Dead Bartók Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin Conductor Giancarlo Guerrero, renowned for his Grammy Awardwinning recordings of contemporary American composers, conducts the NZSO in a clutch of provocative 20th-century classics. Rachmaninov’s lush and brooding Isle of the Dead sprang from Arnold Böcklin’s painting of a looming island, approached by a lone rowboat carrying a coffin. Bartók’s The Miraculous Mandarin was originally a pantomime ballet depicting both the sounds of the urban jungle, but also the depravity within. Valentina Lisitsa performs Prokofiev’s best-loved Piano Concerto, his third. Lisitsa, one of the first viral classical music stars, is now a globe-trotting concert pianist whose playing has been praised by The Guardian as displaying “a special combination of utterly self-assured virtuosity and real lyricism and communication.” NZ composer Tabea Squire’s piece Variations is the first of her works to be premiered in an NZSO subscription series. The youngest ever composer to be awarded the NYO Composer-inResidence position, her works have been premiered in Melbourne, Adelaide, and London.

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Giancarlo Guerrero

Valentina Lisitsa



Idyllic Napier Tue, 30 Jun, 7.30pm Municipal Theatre Taupo Wed, 1 Jul, 7.30pm Great Lake Centre Tauranga Thu, 2 Jul, 7.30pm Baycourt Theatre Hamilton Fri, 3 Jul, 7.30pm Claudelands Arena 22

Robert Orr, Section Principal Oboe

Giancarlo Guerrero Conductor Valentina Lisitsa Piano Lilburn Drysdale Overture Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 Beethoven Symphony No. 6 Pastoral Conductor Giancarlo Guerrero has won six Grammys for his recordings as Music Director of the Nashville Symphony. Maestro Guerrero visits New Zealand to conduct a programme awash in musical landscapes. When studying at the Royal College of Music, Douglas Lilburn was asked by his teacher Ralph Vaughan Williams, “isn’t it time you composed something?” Lilburn responded by writing the Drysdale Overture, a loving depiction of his family’s farm in the upper Turakina River Valley. By contrast, Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony is his famous expression of his love of the German countryside. Replete with simulated cuckoo calls, country dances, babbling brooks and a wild storm; the Pastoral nickname is well-earned. Valentina Lisitsa performs Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto. One of the first viral classical music stars, with more than 214 million views on YouTube, Lisitsa is a highly sought after concert pianist, praised for “the aesthetic honesty of her performances.”

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Giancarlo Guerrero

Valentina Lisitsa




Wellington Fri, 24 Jul, 6.30pm Michael Fowler Centre Auckland Sat, 25 Jul, 7.30pm Auckland Town Hall 24

Shannon Pittaway, Principal Bass Trombone

Marin Alsop Conductor Anna Clyne Night Ferry Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 Renowned conductor Marin Alsop visits New Zealand for the first time. A ground-breaking role model for 21st century conductors worldwide, Alsop is capable of inspiring an orchestra to give “a life changing performance” and is praised by the New York Times as a “formidable musician and a powerful communicator.” Alsop conducts Anna Clyne’s Night Ferry and Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony, which both represent extremes. Night Ferry was inspired by Schubert’s and poet Robert Lowell’s struggles with bipolar disorder, charting the stormy voyages between the highs and lows of this illness. Shostakovich’s Fifth was received rapturously by both the Soviet government and the public. Officials saw it as Shostakovich finally toeing the party line after falling dangerously out of favour in 1936. For the public, however, it was a raw expression of misery forced upon them by Stalin. Whether Shostakovich meant it as a government-approved work of obedience or an anguished cry from the heart of the people, its emotional power is without question. PRINCIPAL PARTNER

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Marin Alsop




Wellington Thu, 6 Aug, 7.30pm Michael Fowler Centre Auckland Fri, 7 Aug, 7.30pm Auckland Town Hall 26

Kirstin Eade, Associate Principal Flute

Vasily Petrenko Conductor Yeol Eum Son Piano Wagner Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg WA Mozart Piano Concerto No. 27 Prokofiev Symphony No. 5 Chief Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and soon-to-be Chief Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko draws out performances “rich in mood and character … a conductor with an intelligent, informed but deep love of this music.” Wagner’s comic opera Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg begins with a Prelude masterfully presenting the main melodies of the opera before cleverly combining all four for a glorious climax. The brightness of Wagner’s tunes is matched in Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5, which he wrote as “a hymn to free and happy Man, to his mighty powers, his pure and noble spirit.” The NZSO welcomes stunningly talented Korean pianist Yeol Eum Son for the first time to perform Mozart’s last Piano Concerto, No. 27. A versatile performer, Son’s interpretations of Mozart are garnering notice. Her all-Mozart album with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields received abundant praise, with The Times calling her performance, “a model of clarity and fleetness.” IN ASSOCIATION WITH

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Passion Wellington Sat, 29 Aug, 7.30pm Michael Fowler Centre Dunedin Tue, 1 Sep, 7.30pm Dunedin Town Hall Christchurch Wed, 2 Sep, 7.30pm Christchurch Town Hall Auckland Sat, 5 Sep, 7.30pm Auckland Town Hall 28

Rowan Prior, Cello

Gemma New Conductor Johannes Moser Cello Robin Toan Tū-mata-uenga “God of War, Spirit of Man” Elgar Cello Concerto Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 Pathétique New Zealand conductor Gemma New is on the rise. A former Conducting Fellow under the mentorship of LA Philharmonic’s Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, New has lead performances at Carnegie Hall and with the symphony orchestras of San Diego, Atlanta, Indianapolis, and San Francisco. Music Director of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra in Ontario, as well as Principal Guest Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Resident Conductor of the St. Louis Symphony, New returns home to lead the NZSO in her “unusually sensitive and expressive” style. You will look forward to her intelligent interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony, Pathétique – the vehicle par excellence for expressivity and emotion. Johannes Moser also returns to perform Elgar’s well-loved Cello Concerto in E Minor. His third time performing with the NZSO, Moser’s easy-going demeanour belies his intensely lyrical playing and superb musicianship. Written in 2005 as the first NYO Composer-in-Residence commission, Robin Toan’s Tū-mata-uenga “God of War, Spirit of Man” was inspired by the Māori story of creation. IN ASSOCIATION WITH

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Gemma New

Johannes Moser




Wellington Fri, 18 Sep, 6.30pm Michael Fowler Centre Auckland Fri, 25 Sep, 7.30pm Auckland Town Hall 30

Beiyi Xue, First Violin

Miguel Harth-Bedoya Conductor Augustin Hadelich Violin Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol Sibelius Violin Concerto Debussy Images pour orchestre, II. Ibéria Ravel Rapsodie Espagnole Perennial favourite Miguel Harth-Bedoya returns to conduct the NZSO in a sumptuous Spanish-inspired musical feast – with a Finnish cherry on top. The concert opens with Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol, ripe with Spanish melodies. Both Debussy’s Images, from which Iberia is drawn, and Ravel’s piece Rapsodie Espagnole began life as works for piano, but in these vividly colourful orchestral versions, Debussy’s dreamy impressions of Spain and Ravel’s own maternally-inherited Spanish roots are brought here to full flower. Augustin Hadelich also returns, after wowing New Zealanders in 2018. Named “Instrumentalist of the Year” by Musical America and lauded by NPR as capable of evoking “every nuanced colour and ethereal sound the instrument can make”, Hadelich’s superlative violin playing is sure to bring out the evocative flavours of Sibelius’ well-loved Violin Concerto. The only concerto Sibelius ever wrote, its fiendish technical difficultly is matched only by its expressive power. Indeed, musicologist Donald Tovey wrote, “I have not met a more original, a more masterly, and a more exhilarating work than the Sibelius Violin Concerto.”

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Miguel Harth-Bedoya Augustin Hadelich




Gisborne Thu, 24 Sep, 7.30pm War Memorial Theatre Kerikeri Sat, 26 Sep, 7.30pm The Turner Centre 32

Megan Molina, Second Violin

Miguel Harth-Bedoya Conductor Augustin Hadelich Violin Anthony Ritchie Remember Parihaka Sibelius Violin Concerto Beethoven Symphony No. 3 Eroica Conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya is a familiar face to New Zealand audiences, returning to conduct an offering of time-tested classics. Anthony Ritchie was inspired to write Remember Parihaka as testament to the plight of Māori at Parihaka, forcibly removed from their Pā, unjustly arrested and imprisoned in 1881. Augustin Hadelich, one of this generation’s greatest violinists, performs Sibelius’ Violin Concerto. After a disastrous premiere, Sibelius reworked the concerto substantially, removing some of its most difficult sections. Even in this more commonly played revised version, the Concerto remains one of the most difficult works written for violin – while still retaining the power to move, inspire and exhilarate. Beethoven’s Third Symphony also looms large as a great work. Its effect on 19th-century classical music was cataclysmic; after the Third, the symphony as a form was never the same again.

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Miguel Harth-Bedoya Augustin Hadelich




Wellington Fri, 9 Oct, 6.30pm Michael Fowler Centre Auckland Sat, 10 Oct, 7.30pm Auckland Town Hall 34

Cheryl Hollinger, Associate Principal Trumpet

Edo de Waart Conductor Erin Wall Soprano R Strauss Metamorphosen R Strauss Four Last Songs Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 Edo de Waart conducts his first concert as NZSO’s Conductor Laureate with this programme of lush orchestral masterpieces. Two of Strauss’ late works deal in their own way with the end of all things. Metamorphosen has been interpreted as a lament to the destruction of Germany in World War II. In Four Last Songs, Strauss expresses the mellow sweetness of looking back, in the winter of your years, upon a life well lived. Canadian soprano Erin Wall is particularly acclaimed for her performances of Strauss and has sung leading roles at the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala and Opéra National de Paris. Her first performances in New Zealand will be unforgettable, as she gives voice to Strauss’ elegiac song cycle. The programme concludes with Tchaikovsky’s well-loved Fifth Symphony. Not well received upon its premiere, it has won a place in every concert-goer’s heart for its colourful orchestration, its emotional qualities, and its brooding, soul-stirring melodies. PRINCIPAL PARTNER

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Edo de Waart

Erin Wall




Dunedin Tue, 13 Oct, 7.30pm Dunedin Town Hall Christchurch Wed, 14 Oct, 7.30pm Christchurch Town Hall 36

Joan Perarnau Garriga, Section Principal Bass

Edo de Waart Conductor Erin Wall Soprano R Strauss Metamorphosen R Strauss Four Last Songs Beethoven Symphony No. 3 Eroica NZSO Conductor Laureate, Edo de Waart, conducts the works of two German greats – Richard Strauss and Ludwig van Beethoven. To close out the South Island season, the NZSO plays the Beethoven symphony that changed the world – The Third, nicknamed Eroica (Heroic). Strauss’ Metamorphosen is often seen as an elegy to the destruction of German culture during World War II. Scored for string orchestra, Metamorphosen quotes the funeral march of Beethoven’s Third – a poignant reference to that touchstone of German culture which Strauss felt had been jeopardised by the awful violence of World War II. A versatile performer who has sung everything from Mozart to Kaija Saariaho, Canadian soprano Erin Wall visits New Zealand for the first time to perform Strauss’ Four Last Songs. Described by the Financial Times as “wielding a soprano [voice] of radiance, pristine beauty and tingling top notes,” Wall will use her glorious vocal talents to breathe life into Strauss’ late vocal masterpiece. PRINCIPAL PARTNER

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Edo de Waart

Erin Wall



Timeless Napier Tue, 20 Oct, 7.30pm Municipal Theatre Taupo Wed, 21 Oct, 7.30pm Great Lake Centre Tauranga Thu, 22 Oct, 7.30pm Baycourt Theatre Auckland Fri, 23 Oct, 7.30pm Auckland Town Hall Wellington Sat, 24 Oct, 7.30pm Michael Fowler Centre 38

Alan Molina, First Violin

Edo de Waart Conductor Beethoven orch. Weingartner Grosse Fuge Haydn Symphony No. 64 Tempora Mutantur WA Mozart Symphony No. 40 The NZSO sees out Beethoven’s anniversary year with a programme placing Beethoven’s achievements in the context of his great contemporaries Haydn and Mozart. Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven comprise the main pillars of the First Viennese School. They are the par excellence of quintessential Classical style. Haydn’s Symphony No. 64 Tempora Mutantur (Times Change) exemplifies the classical symphony. However, Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 is the more famous work, instantly recognisable from its opening theme. Although Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge (Great Fugue) is originally for string quartet, here it is performed by NZSO’s formidable string section. The work itself bewildered critics when it premiered, and even now its structural complexity leaves musicians both perplexed and fascinated. In this work, Beethoven shows that though Haydn and Mozart provided the launchpad for his inspiration, his works aimed for heights that ultimately left them behind and which few could follow. PRINCIPAL PARTNER

Edo de Waart




Wellington Fri, 20 Nov, 6.30pm Michael Fowler Centre Auckland Sat, 21 Nov, 7.30pm Auckland Town Hall 40

Samuel Jacobs, Section Principal Horn

Osmo Vänskä Conductor Esther Yoo Violin Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3 Sibelius Symphony No. 5 World renowned conductor Osmo Vänskä returns to New Zealand to lead the NZSO in a concert celebrating the full might of the symphony orchestra. Music Director of the Minnesota Orchestra, Vänskä has been praised for interpretations rife with “an urgency and spontaneity that send shivers down one’s back”. In his hands, new life will spring forth in the much-loved Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, by Ralph Vaughan Williams. This work is paired with another great classic – Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5. With its glorious “swan-call” horn theme in the third movement, the Fifth Symphony remains one of the lushest and most deeply moving symphonies of the 20th-century. Violinist Esther Yoo performs for the first time with the NZSO and will play Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No. 3. Named a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist in 2014, Yoo was just six years old when she made her first concerto debut. Her dazzling musicality will come to the fore in the Saint-Saëns. Written for violinist/composer Pablo de Sarasate, its subtle nuances provide interpretative challenges for even the most skilled performer. Yoo is certainly up to the task.

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Osmo Vänskä

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2020 TICKETING SEASON TICKETS UNDER-35* Aged 35 or under? Purchase a season package of three or more concerts and pay only $30 per concert for a B or C Reserve seat based on availability. For dates and further details, visit nzso.co.nz/u35 $39 STUDENT CLUB SUBSCRIPTION Join Student Club and get a special three-concert subscription for only $39! You’ll also get the opportunity to meet NZSO players, guest conductors and soloists, visit backstage and attend special Q&A sessions. Student Club subscriptions are open to Students 16 years and over in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin with valid I.D. CONCESSION SEASON TICKETS* Gold Card, Community Services Card, Unwaged or Disability Permit holders receive up to 15% discount on concert packages. These prices are shown on pages 46 to 47. Simply choose the concession price and send in proof of concession with the booking form. PAY IT FORWARD SUBSCRIPTION Give students the gift of music with a Pay it Forward subscription. Make a contribution from just $39 and it will go towards three concert subscriptions for students. For more information visit nzso.co.nz/payitforward PAY YOUR AGE* 22 YEARS = $22 BARGAIN Seize the moment and enjoy world-class performances with Pay Your Age. If you’re aged between 18 and 35 you can simply pay the price of your age for a single concert ticket. So, if you’re 22 years old, pay just $22. If you’re aged 30, pay just $30. The NZSO will choose your seat. It is that simple. To book, phone 0800 479 674 or email ticketing@nzso.co.nz. Available from six weeks prior to a concert up until two days before the concert. Seats will be allocated based on availability. BUS SERVICES Buses operate to selected NZSO concerts from a number of regions and range in price from $26–$35. Please visit our website for routes and pricing. Buses can be booked along with your subscription. nzso.co.nz/bus SUBSCRIPTIONS: TERMS AND CONDITIONS By completing and returning any 2020 Season Ticket booking form, you are indicating your acceptance of our Terms and Conditions relating to the ordering and sale of New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) tickets, as determined by us and specified in full on the NZSO website. The NZSO will use its best endeavours to supply you with the tickets you order, however the NZSO cannot guarantee the availability of tickets, or that seating is available in the reserve you request. Allocation of tickets is subject to availability. The NZSO reserves the right to refuse any application for tickets or completed Season Ticket order at its discretion. All dates, times, artists, repertoire, seating arrangements, venues and price reserves are subject to change or cancellation without notice. Where changes such as these are made, tickets are nonrefundable unless required by law. The only exception is when an event is cancelled and there is no further performance of that event. A full copy of the terms of sale is available at nzso.co.nz or by calling 0800 479 674. Selected terms and conditions are printed on the back of tickets. **UNDER 35, CONCESSION, PAY YOUR AGE AND RUSH TICKETS: TERMS AND CONDITIONS Proof of age required for Under 35, Concession and Pay Your Age tickets. Student or CSC ID required for Rush Tickets. Pay Your Age and Under 35 tickets only available when booking directly through the NZSO. Pay Your Age and Student Rush are subject to availability, for selected concerts.



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Subscriptions and Concert packages Auckland & Wellington The Works (9 fixed concerts) All Auckland/Wellington concerts detailed on pages 14 to 39. Add other concerts to this package – use Flexi pricing. Full Price Concession Premium A Reserve B Reserve C Reserve D Reserve


A Reserve B Reserve C Reserve D Reserve

$846 $675 $504 $342 $207

$756 $612 $450 $306 $180

The Mini-Works (7 fixed concerts) All concerts detailed on pages 18 to 37. Add other concerts to this package – use Flexi pricing. Full Price Concession Premium A Reserve B Reserve C Reserve D Reserve


A Reserve B Reserve C Reserve D Reserve

$700 $560 $420 $280 $168

$630 $504 $378 $252 $154

Flexi Package Build your own subscription package from three concerts or add other concerts to your package. Flexi Package prices are per concert. Full Price Concession Premium A Reserve B Reserve C Reserve D Reserve


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Casual Ticket Pricing Full Price Concession Premium A Reserve B Reserve C Reserve D Reserve


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— $100 $75 $50 $30

$90 $67 $45 $27

Christchurch & Dunedin The Works (4 fixed concerts) All Christchurch/Dunedin concerts detailed on pages 12 to 35. Add other concerts to this package – use Flexi pricing. Full Price Concession A Reserve B Reserve C Reserve D Reserve

$228 $176 $140 $104

A Reserve B Reserve C Reserve D Reserve $192 $148 $120 $ 96

Flexi Package Build your own subscription package from three concerts or add other concerts to your package. Flexi Package prices are per concert. Full Price Concession A Reserve B Reserve C Reserve D Reserve

A Reserve B Reserve C Reserve D Reserve

$57 $44 $35 $26

$48 $37 $30 $24

Casual Ticket Pricing Full Price Concession A Reserve B Reserve C Reserve D Reserve

A Reserve B Reserve C Reserve D Reserve

$65 $50 $40 $30

$55 $43 $34 $27


Napier The Works (3 fixed concerts) All Napier concerts detailed on pages 16 to 37. Add other concerts to this package – use Flexi pricing. Full Price Concession A Reserve B Reserve C Reserve D Reserve

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$ 72

Flexi Package Build your own subscription package from three concerts or add other concerts to your package. Flexi Package prices are per concert. Full Price Concession A Reserve B Reserve C Reserve D Reserve

A Reserve B Reserve C Reserve D Reserve

$57 $44 $35 $26

$48 $37 $30 $24

Casual Ticket Pricing Full Price Concession A Reserve B Reserve C Reserve D Reserve

A Reserve B Reserve C Reserve D Reserve

$65 $50 $40 $30

$55 $43 $34 $27

Hamilton The Works (2 fixed concerts) All Hamilton concerts detailed on pages 16 to 21. Full Price Concession A Reserve B Reserve C Reserve D Reserve

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$ 48

Casual Ticket Pricing Full Price Concession A Reserve B Reserve C Reserve D Reserve

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$65 $50 $40 $30

$55 $43 $34 $27

Tauranga The Works (3 fixed concerts)

All Tauranga concerts detailed on pages 16 to 37. Add other concerts to this package – use Flexi pricing. Full Price Concession A Reserve B Reserve

A Reserve B Reserve

$171 $132 $144 $111

Flexi Package Build your own subscription package from three concerts or add other concerts to your package. Flexi Package prices are per concert. Full Price Concession A Reserve B Reserve

A Reserve B Reserve

$57 $44 $48 $37

Casual Ticket Pricing Full Price Concession A Reserve B Reserve

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$65 $50 $55 $43



Welcome to NZSO Experience From the stage to the classroom, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Experience has something for everyone. Shed Series returns to Shed 6 in Wellington and debuts at Auckland’s Q Theatre in 2020. Principal Conductor in Residence Hamish McKeich, rising conducting star Gemma New and other special guests join the NZSO to perform a mix of traditional and contemporary works seldom heard in New Zealand. Shed Series isn’t just about the music, it’s a chance to share experiences with friends and enjoy an evening in a relaxed environment. Grab a drink, a bite to eat and get up close to the Orchestra or find a spot to sit back and relax. It’s up to you. NZSO Setting up Camp brings your Orchestra to regional towns and cities throughout March 2020. With concerts, workshops, masterclasses and social events, communities get the chance to spend time with and learn from your Orchestra. Bach looms large in 2020 with works from the great composer and his children as part of the Baroque Series. NZSO Concertmaster Vesa-Matti Leppänen leads a baroque ensemble of NZSO players and guest artists as they perform in intimate venues across the country. NZSO Engage reaches out to people and communities throughout New Zealand with concerts, education and performance opportunities and accessibility activities, bringing the joy of live music to all New Zealanders. It goes to show, seeing the NZSO isn’t just a concert, it’s an experience.


Shed Series, Wellington



Wellington Fri, 31 Jan, 7.30pm Shed 6 54

Hamish McKeich Conductor Brahms orch. Brahms Hungarian Dances Nos. 1 & 3 Lissa Meridan Tuning the head of a pin WA Mozart Divertimento No. 11 Rondo Birtwistle Bach Measures John Adams Fearful Symmetries Symmetries is an exhilarating mix of high energy works, all tied together by rhythm, phrase, structure and mathematics. Brahms’ instantly recognisable Hungarian Dances and Rondo from Divertimento are short, perfectly structured pieces and irresistible to the ear. New Zealand composer Lissa Meridan’s Tuning the head of a pin is a vibrant and rhythmic work, while British composer Harrison Birtwistle’s Bach Measures are his acclaimed arrangements of eight of Bach’s Chorale Preludes. Critics have likened this mesmerising work to eight miniature plays for an orchestra, as Birtwistle assigns the musicians, like actors, to different roles in each piece. Adams’ Fearful Symmetries premiered in 1988 after his hit opera Nixon in China. Composed of “almost maddeningly symmetrical” four and eight-bar phrases, Adams sees it as closely allied to pop and minimalist rock. It’s also his most choreographed work, used by more than a dozen dance companies, including the Royal Ballet and New York City Ballet. Tickets

Adult $35 Student/Child $15 Visit nzso.co.nz/shed for more




Wellington Sat, 18 Apr, 7.30pm Shed 6 Auckland Tue, 21 Apr, 7.30pm Rangatira, Q Theatre 56

Hamish McKeich Conductor Ariana Tikao Taonga Puoro Toru Takemitsu Archipelago S. Chinary Ung Water Rings Kaija Saariaho Nymphéa Reflection Philip Brownlee / Ariana Tikao Ko te tātai whetū Wai features four outstanding 20th and 21st century works on the theme of water – its power, tranquillity, flow and different forms. Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu’s Archipelago S. will have the NZSO dispersed into five groups like an archipelago of islands. Water Rings is influenced by dance rhythms and folk tunes of composer Chinary Ung’s native Cambodia. Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho is renowned for sonic images of magnetic power, blending acoustic and electronic music. Her acclaimed Nymphéa Reflection features a poem whispered by the players, echoing the reflection of water. Premiered in 2015, Ko te tātai whetū is a concerto for orchestra and taonga puoro. Featuring performer Ariana Tikao, it tells the story of Tāne’s journey between the underworld and the world of the living. Auckland’s concert is presented in association with ISCM World New Music Days 2020. Tickets

Adult $35 Student/Child $15 Visit nzso.co.nz/shed for more




Wellington Fri, 28 Aug, 7.30pm Shed 6 Auckland Fri, 4 Sep, 7.30pm Rangatira, Q Theatre 58

Gemma New Conductor Johannes Moser Electric Cello Brahms orch. Parlow Hungarian Dances Nos. 5 & 6 Schulhoff Suite für Kammerorchester New work for solo electric cello Stravinsky Danses Concertantes Maria Grenfell Clockwerk Mozart Selections from Idomeneo Ballet Music New Zealand conductor Gemma New leads the NZSO in a concert full of rhythm and dance. Originally written for piano, Brahms’ Hungarian Dances evokes the spirit of the travelling gypsy bands that served as the inspiration for this music, while Schulhoff’s Suite für Kammerorchester is reminiscent of 1920’s jazz. Acclaimed cellist Johannes Moser brings something different to his performance as he presents a solo work for electric cello, an instrument that allows him to add new textures and effects to his performance. Stravinsky originally wrote Danses Concertantes for the concert hall, but it wouldn’t feel out of place as a ballet. The rhythms, syncopation and structure of the piece led to it being choreographed several times, first in 1944 by acclaimed choreographer and co-founder of the New York City Ballet, George Balanchine. Clockwerk, with its fugal structure, introduces the different string sections of the Orchestra. The feeling of the work changes often before ending on a driving, accelerating end. Written when he was just 24, Idomeneo is considered one of Mozart’s first great operas. Dance was a large part of opera at the time and the selection of works performed from this opera shows the young genius’ talent as a composer and adaptability to the style. Tickets

Adult $35 Student/Child $15 Visit nzso.co.nz/shed for more




Wellington Fri, 13 Nov, 7.30pm Shed 6 60

Hamish McKeich Conductor Eisler Kleine Sinfonie Simon Eastwood Quanta Weill arr. Brückner-Rüggerberg Suite from Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny Satie arr. Debussy Gymnopédies Nos. 1 & 3 Schreker Kammersymphonie The final Shed Series concert of 2020 celebrates some of the weird and wonderful music linked to the flourishing cabaret scene of the 1920s and 30s and which continues to inspire composers and delight audiences today. The concert opens with Austrian composer Hanns Eisler’s sweeping and engrossing Kleine Sinfonie, followed by New Zealand composer Simon Eastwood’s Quanta. Kurt Weill is best known for his cabaret-era songs with librettist Bertolt Brecht. His Suite from Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny) is a stunning arrangement by Wilhelm Brückner-Rüggeberg. Rarely performed in New Zealand, it features banjo, bass guitar, saxophone and more, alongside orchestral instruments, to capture the essence of Weill and Brecht’s hit 1930 opera. Shed Series 2020 concludes with Claude Debussy’s orchestral arrangement of fellow Frenchman Eric Satie’s timeless and hugely influential Gymnopédies Nos. 1 & 3 and Austrian Franz Schreker‘s Kammersymphonie. Written in 1916 Kammersymphonie was ahead of its time and remains a heartfelt and emotive work, anticipating orchestral music’s wide use in film. Tickets

Adult $35 Student/Child $15 Visit nzso.co.nz/shed for more



The NZSO travels through Greater Wellington, Wairarapa, Palmerston North, Hamilton and Tauranga for several days with a variety of performances and activities. From evening concerts featuring Bach and Beethoven, to NZSO musicians providing educational opportunities and relaxed events for all ages, NZSO Setting up Camp is a great chance to spend time with your Orchestra and friends.

NZSO Setting up Camp

For full details of what’s happening in your town, visit nzso.co.nz/camp



Community activity

Community activity

Wed, 4 Mar – Thu, 5 Mar

Tue, 10 Mar – Thu, 12 Mar

Goldberg Variations

Realising Beethoven

Wairarapa Wed, 4 Mar, 7.30pm Carterton Event Centre

Tauranga Wed, 11 Mar, 7.30pm Baycourt Community & Arts Centre

Lower Hutt Thu, 5 Mar, 7.30pm Lower Hutt Town Hall

Goldberg Variations

Kāpiti Sat, 7 Mar, 7.30pm Kāpiti Performing Arts Centre

Tauranga Thu, 12 Mar, 7.30pm Baycourt Community & Arts Centre



Community activity

Community activity

Wed, 11 Mar – Sat, 14 Mar

Fri, 6 Mar – Sat, 7 Mar

Goldberg Variations

Goldberg Variations

Hamilton Wed, 11 Mar, 7.30pm Gallagher Concert Chamber

Palmerston North Fri, 6 Mar, 6.30pm The Regent on Broadway

Realising Beethoven Palmerston North Sat, 7 Mar, 6.30pm The Regent on Broadway 62

Realising Beethoven Hamilton Fri, 13 Mar, 7.30pm Claudelands Arena

Community activity The Orchestra visits communities throughout the country delivering school and relaxed concerts, ensemble coaching, instrumental workshops, professional development for teachers, and even the chance to work side-by-side with NZSO musicians on stage. There will also be masterclasses for skilled students and amateurs, where NZSO players can provide insights on playing with others at a world class level. The Orchestra will also host Happy Hour sessions as open events providing a chance to meet players, discuss music and hear what being in the Orchestra means to them.

Goldberg Variations Vesa-Matti Leppänen Director/Violin Stephen De Pledge Fortepiano JS Bach Goldberg Variations JS Bach’s Goldberg Variations is a masterpiece. First written for harpsichord, it opens with a beautifully tranquil and ornamented aria followed by intricate and distinct variations. NZSO performs this gem of the baroque idiom for regional audiences with the variations performed on a variety of instruments. “The different instruments will add a huge amount of colour to the variations, making an already exquisite work even more mesmerising for audiences” says NZSO Concertmaster and Baroque Series Director Vesa-Matti Leppänen. “Bach’s Goldberg Variations is hauntingly beautiful and a work of genius. It’s the most incredible piece.”

Realising Beethoven Hamish McKeich Conductor To mark the 250th anniversary of his birth, the NZSO presents a unique concert guiding you through the music of Beethoven, his influences and composers he subsequently inspired. Realising Beethoven features works from the great composer himself, such as his dramatic Egmont Overture, as well as movements from his great symphonies alongside Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman Overture, Berlioz’ Beatrice et Benedict Overture and works by other celebrated composers who admired Beethoven’s phenomenal talents. The journey through this magical performance will be narrated by NZSO players, telling stories and offering insights for audiences old and new.  




Leningrad Wellington Thu, 9 Jul, 7.30pm Michael Fowler Centre Auckland Fri, 10 Jul, 7.30pm Auckland Town Hall 64

Giancarlo Guerrero Conductor Joshua Pearson NYO Composer-in-Residence New Work (World Premiere) 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 work by the 2020 NYO Composer-inResidence, 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. Tickets

All ages $10 Book at nzso.co.nz/2020




KIA KOTAHI He Toirangi Ā-Ao Kia Harikoa

Auckland Sun, 26 Jul, 4.00pm Auckland Town Hall Wellington Tue, 28 Jul, 7.30pm Michael Fowler Centre 66

Marin Alsop Conductor Beethoven Symphony No. 9 Choral Kia Kotahi: He Toirangi Ā-Ao Kia Harikoa - All Together: A Global Ode to Joy will see the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra join a unique international project in 2020 where leading orchestras on five continents perform new versions of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony to mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. Internationally renowned conductor Marin Alsop and the NZSO will be joined by Secondary Schools and Youth Choirs to perform a new version of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in te reo Māori. Beethoven’s values of fraternity and unity for all, regardless of race, creed or class, reach their fullest expression in his Ninth Symphony, and are sentiments just as relevant today as they were when this sublime work was first performed. In addition, NZSO will perform four newly commissioned works by New Zealand composers to complement Beethoven’s great masterpiece. Join this once-in-a-lifetime celebration of music, for and by the people of Aotearoa, New Zealand. All Together: A Global Ode to Joy is presented in partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. For more information visit nzso.co.nz/alltogether



BACH EXTENDED Wellington Sat, 31 Oct, 7:30pm Wellington College

Oamaru Thu, 5 Nov, 7.30pm Opera House

Invercargill Tue, 3 Nov, 7.30pm Civic Theatre

Christchurch Fri, 6 Nov, 7.30pm The Piano

Dunedin Wed, 4 Nov, 7.30pm Dunedin Town Hall, Glenroy Auditorium

Nelson Sat, 7 Nov, 7.30pm Centre of Musical Arts


Vesa-Matti Leppänen Director/Violin Donald Nicolson Harpsichord Diedre Irons Fortepiano Andrew Joyce Cello WF Bach Duet for Two Flutes CPE Bach Concerto for Harpischord and Fortepiano JS Bach The Art of Fugue, Contrapunctus XIV, Unfinished JS Bach Selections from Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major JS Bach Orchestral Suite No. 3 JS Bach Chorale Vor deinen Thron While Johann Sebastian Bach is the undisputed master of baroque music, talent also ran in his family. Bach Extended presents four of JS Bach’s most beloved works alongside two exceptional pieces by his sons Wilhelm and Carl. Both were heavily influenced by their father, but also pushed the boundaries of what baroque music could achieve. WF Bach’s inventive Duet for Two Flutes features the unmistakable sweet sound of baroque flutes before CPE Bach’s adventurous and beguiling Concerto for Harpsichord and the thennew Fortepiano, the first piece written for both instruments to be played together. JS Bach’s magnificent The Art of Fugue was the last major work before his death and one of the best of its 14 fugues is the Unfinished. Suite No. 3 is one of the composer’s best-known works due to its beautiful second movement known as Air on the G String. His Cello Suite No. 6 is an exceptional work, light and festive in nature, while Chorale Vor deinen Thron, reputedly written on JS Bach’s deathbed, makes for a haunting and evocative finale. Tickets

Adult $35 Student/Child $15 Visit nzso.co.nz/bach for more




Wellington Sat, 12 Dec, 7.30pm Michael Fowler Centre 70

Thomas Blunt Conductor Anna Leese Soprano Fiona Campbell Mezzo-soprano Frederick Jones Tenor James Clayton Bass The Tudor Consort Choir Handel Messiah Handel’s Messiah returns to ring in the Christmas Season. A joyful end-of-year classic for three centuries, Messiah combines soloists, choir and orchestra in a dramatic celebration in music and song. Following in NZSO’s recent tradition of inviting different conductors to conduct this perennial classic, Thomas Blunt takes the podium to present his distinctive interpretation of Messiah. British conductor Blunt has been Chorus Master at Glyndebourne and First Kapellmeister at Konzert Theater Bern and has also enjoyed highly successful engagements with Welsh National Opera, Opéra National du Rhin, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He is joined by soprano Anna Leese, mezzo-soprano Fiona Campbell, tenor Frederick Jones and bass James Clayton, a cast drawn from the top tier of Australasian opera stars, ably supported by The Tudor Consort.

TB Photo: Benjamin Ealovega

For more information or to book visit nzso.co.nz/messiah

Thomas Blunt

Anna Leese

Frederick Jones

James Clayton

Fiona Campbell



NZSO Engage NZSO Engage programmes give people across the country the chance to learn about the Orchestra and discover music in new and exciting ways with opportunities for schools, teachers, developing musicians, young composers and performers. The Orchestra reaches out to communities to offer increased access and engagement in different environments to traditional concert settings. For more information on NZSO Engage programmes, visit nzso.co.nz/engage, or email: education@nzso.co.nz Kia Kotahi: He Toirangi Ā-Ao Kia Harikoa All Together: A Global Ode to Joy Kia Kotahi is an exciting opportunity for young singers to perform with the NZSO. Internationally renowned conductor Marin Alsop with youth and school choirs will join the NZSO for a special performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, with the famous Ode to Joy Chorus sung in te reo Māori. Part of the All Together: A Global Ode to Joy initiative, presented in partnership with Carnegie Hall and music organisation around the globe, this is a wonderful opportunity for communities and young performers to join the national orchestra for this once in a lifetime opportunity. Choirs from around Aotearoa can register to participate in either the Auckland or Wellington performances.

NZSO National Youth Orchestra The NZSO National Youth Orchestra shapes the musical future of gifted young musicians throughout New Zealand, offering a unique opportunity to work with world-class conductors and composers while learning alongside members of the NZSO. In 2020, the NZSO NYO will perform Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7, Leningrad side-by-side with the NZSO and premiere a new work by New Zealand composer Joshua Pearson. Students will get the opportunity to experience and explore the excitement of what it is like to rehearse and perform in a full symphony orchestra and engage with players from your national orchestra. Places in the NYO are keenly sought after so don’t miss your chance!

NYO Composer-in-Residence Each year one young New Zealand Composer is selected to write a piece to be performed by the NZSO National Youth Orchestra. This prize is a great opportunity for composers to develop their skills and premiere a new work to be performed by the NYO. 72

Open Door Activity The NZSO opens the doors of the Michael Fowler Centre’s Renouf Foyer with free activities before and after concerts. The five-part series has free daytime performances, ‘Rush Hour’ events, an ‘Instrumental Petting Zoo’ for families, up close experiences with artists and musicians and ‘Late Night’ gatherings post-concert.

Relaxed Concerts Relaxed concerts are presented for audiences who may not feel comfortable in a traditional concert environment. Particularly suitable for those with autism, sensory and communication disorders or a learning disability, there is a relaxed attitude to noise and movement during the performance. Lighting effects are minimal and a ‘chill out’ space will be available. In 2020, relaxed concerts will be performed in Wellington, Palmerston North, Tauranga and Hamilton.

Open Rehearsals NZSO opens the doors for secondary school students to attend rehearsals at the Michael Fowler Centre and observe the live rehearsal experience.

Student Club Join Student Club and get a special three-concert subscription for only $39! You’ll also get the opportunity to meet NZSO players, guest conductors and soloists, visit backstage and attend special Q&A sessions. Bring friends, a group or your family, it is a unique way to get up close and connect students with the Orchestra.

Todd Young Composers Eight young New Zealand composers will have their compositions workshopped by the NZSO, with composers mentored through the process to ensure the highest level of success. Works will be performed and recorded by the NZSO and led by Principal Conductor in Residence Hamish McKeich.

NCEA Material In 2020, two free NCEA course guides will be available to schools featuring repertoire the NZSO is touring. NCEA students can study major orchestral repertoire then see the Orchestra perform the work live in their hometown. Movements from Beethoven’s Symphony No.6 Pastoral will be performed in Napier, Taupo, Tauranga and Hamilton, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 Pathétique will be performed in Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch and Auckland.



NZSO Fellowship Programme Bridging the gap between study and a professional career, the NZSO Fellowship Programme is designed to foster talented musicians and conductors through tailored opportunities to rehearse with the NZSO and observe the musicians at work. This programme is available nationwide with accommodation and travel provided for selected students.

Mentoring Programme Mentoring connects school-aged musicians with the world of the NZSO. Along with an assigned mentor from the NZSO, each selected student receives guidance, experiences rehearsals and attends concerts throughout the year. Each year, about 15 students from all over the country have the opportunity to be mentored and many go on to have professional careers in music.

Orchestral Coaching The NZSO offers tutoring for youth and community orchestras across the country, ensuring continuous high-level musical input and support of the great work that educators, conductors and others in your communities do to keep vital musical institutions thriving.

NZSO Foundation Masterclasses NZSO Foundation Masterclasses connect university musicians with international soloists touring with the NZSO, giving up-and-coming musicians the opportunity to learn from leading international performers. These masterclasses are open to the public and streamed online.

In Conversation Join NZSO Principal Trombone David Bremner for a series of evenings throughout the year with visiting artists as they chat about their life story, their approach to music and performance and the programme of music they are performing with the Orchestra.Â

Pre-Concert Talks Pre-Concert Talks allow audience members to learn more about the pieces being performed. Taking place before all Podium Series concerts, Talks are open to all and free to attend.


Special Concerts Nelson Opera in the Park Nelson Sat, 15 Feb, 7.30pm Trafalgar Park Visit ItsOn.co.nz for more details

New Zealand Festival of the Arts Kristjan Järvi and the NZSO open the 2020 New Zealand Festival of the Arts with music from Henryk Górecki, Max Richter and Philip Glass. Wellington Chosen and Beloved with Lemi Ponifasio’s MAU Company Fri, 21 Feb, 7.30pm Michael Fowler Centre Glass / Richter / Järvi Sun, 23 Feb, 7.30pm Michael Fowler Centre Visit festival.nz for more details

CubaDupa Wellington Cuba Sonic Sat, 28 Mar, 5pm & Sun 29 Mar, 3pm Cuba Street Cuba-Dupa Play with the NZSO Sun, 29 Mar Cuba Street Visit nzso.co.nz/cubadupa for more details

Te Papa Concerts Wellington Matariki Sat, 13 Jun, 12pm Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Family concert Sat 28 Nov, 11am & 3pm Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Lexus Song Quest Auckland Sat, 15 Aug, 7.30pm Auckland Town Hall Visit songquest.nz for more details

The Music of Harry Potter Be transported to the worlds of witches and wizards with the enchanting music of the Harry Potter film franchise. Auckland Sun, 16 Aug, 2pm Auckland Town Hall Visit nzso.co.nz/harry for more details


The Melodic Life, Porirua








Vesa-Matti Leppänen

Andrew Thomson

Andrew Joyce



Donald Armstrong

Amy Brookman

SECTION PRINCIPAL Supported by Deane Endowment Trust


Yuka Eguchi ASSISTANT CONCERTMASTER Supported by Peter Biggs CNZM & Mary Biggs

Yury Gezentsvey PRINCIPAL

Emma Barron Ursula Evans Malavika Gopal Pam Jiang Haihong Liu



David Gilling SUB-PRINCIPAL EMERITUS Supported by the Wellington Community Trust

Simeon Broom Supported by Deryk & Jan McNamara

Andrew Kasza

Eleanor Carter

Dean Major

Robert Ibell

Support in memory of Rex Benson

Sally Isaac

Anne Loeser

Supported by Daniel & Kylie Wong and The Cranfylde Charitable Trust

Gregory Squire Supported by Dr Hylton LeGrice CNZM, OBE & Ms Angela Lyndsay

Rebecca Struthers

Megan Molina

Elizabeth Patchett Supported by Claudelands Hamilton

Lucien Rizos Katherine Rowe

Supported by Aēsop

Anna van der Zee Supported by Martin & Kay Pipe

Beiyi Xue Kristina Zelinska FIRST VIOLINS supported by

Brigid O’Meeghan

Elspeth Gray

Simon Miller

Alan Molina


Supported by Multi-Media Systems Supported by Brian & Sally Hasell

Ken Ichinose ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL Supported by Donald Best ONZM & Susan Best

VIOLAS Julia Joyce SECTION PRINCIPAL Supported by Paul McArthur & Danika Charlton

Annemarie Meijers Rowan Prior



Matthew Cave Supported by ComplyWith

Oleksandr Gunchenko Alanna Jones Malcolm Struthers Supported by Fehl Charitable Trust BASSES supported by


Peter Barber ASSISTANT SUB-PRINCIPAL Supported by Dr Hylton Le Grice CNZM, OBE & Ms Angela Lindsay

Lisa Boyes Michael Cuncannon Anna Debnam Beatrix Francis


Jenaro Garita

Her Excellency The Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy GNZM, QSO Governor-General of New Zealand

Nicholas Hancox


Belinda Veitch

Laurence Kubiak Chair Peter Biggs CNZM Dame Bronwen Holdsworth DNZM Paul McArthur Clare Murray Daniel Wong


Supported by Strategic Pay

Victoria Jaenecke Lyndsay Mountfort

HARP Carolyn Mills SECTION PRINCIPAL HARP supported by







Bridget Douglas

Samuel Jacobs

Laurence Reese

SECTION PRINCIPAL Supported by Les Taylor QC

SECTION PRINCIPAL Supported by Greenwood Roche


Kirstin Eade

Ian Wildsmith


TIMPANI supported by


David Moonan

PICCOLO Ignacio de Nicolas PRINCIPAL


COR ANGLAIS Michael Austin PRINCIPAL Supported by Phantom Billstickers



Leonard Sakofsky

Michael Kirgan



Thomas Guldborg

Cheryl Hollinger

ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL/ ASSISTANT TIMPANI Supported by Sempre Avanti Consulting

ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL Supported by Zoë Smith & Wayne Sampson for Tommy’s Real Estate

PERCUSSION supported by

Mark Carter SUB-PRINCIPAL Supported by Dame Adrienne Stewart TRUMPETS supported by

CLARINETS Patrick Barry SECTION PRINCIPAL Supported by Dame Bronwen Holdsworth DNZM

Ellen Deverall ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL Supported by Spencer Levine



Matthew Allison ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL Supported by Clare & Justin Murray



Vicky Crowell ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL Supported by Logan Brown Restaurant



Auckland 80 Town Hall

Behind every great orchestra are wonderful friends The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is your national orchestra. Whether bringing you some of the world’s best conductors and artists, providing exceptional training for talented young musicians, delivering free community and education events on your doorstep, or touring the length and breadth of the country… it couldn’t be done without your support – thank you! GIVE NOW 2020 Subscription Appeal. Support the ongoing excellence of the NZSO by including a donation when you order your 2020 season package. Other ways you can support your Orchestra: • Donate online now or whenever suits you: nzso.co.nz/support-us • Annual Appeals. Keep an eye out for Appeal mailings in the year ahead supporting the NZSO and the NZSO National Youth Orchestra. • Chair Sponsorship Programme. Annual donation of $5,000 or more sponsors an NZSO player’s orchestral chair and lets you build a close connection to individual players and your Orchestra. Enjoy special opportunities to meet visiting artists and conductors. Attend open rehearsals and experience your Orchestra behind the scenes. Donations are administered by The NZSO Foundation, a registered charity (CC24274). All donations of $5 or more are tax deductible.

BEQUEST Compose a lasting legacy by leaving a gift in your will to The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Foundation. In this way, you ensure the gift of music continues for generations to come. A gift in your will is an enduring way of supporting the NZSO, without affecting your current financial situation. Bequests are invested in The NZSO Foundation’s endowment fund to support the long-term future of your Orchestra, thereby maximising the impact of your gift and legacy. To learn more, please contact: Zac Johns Fundraising Executive 0800 479 674 ext. 2 fundraising@nzso.co.nz or visit nzso.co.nz/support-us 81

Partnering with the NZSO Join your national orchestra on a journey of inspiration and engagement across Aotearoa New Zealand. A leading cultural institution for more than 72 years, the NZSO has an enviable reputation as a trusted national brand representing quality, longevity and dedication to excellence. The kaupapa of the NZSO is to be accessible to all and regarded with affection and a sense of collective ownership by New Zealanders of all ages and backgrounds, and the role of your national orchestra is more important than ever. The NZSO works with a growing number of partners in exciting and dynamic ways to reach New Zealanders across the country and tailor partnership opportunities to suit business and community needs at every opportunity. Join your national orchestra to touch people’s lives both in and out of the concert hall. Become a partner of the NZSO today and align your brand values and activities with the efforts of New Zealand’s most iconic arts organisation. Contact the Development Team for more: Penelope England Head of Development, Wellington penelope.england@nzso.co.nz +64 21 102 3218 Rachel Jefferies Development Manager, Auckland rachel.jefferies@nzso.co.nz +64 27 560 4004


2020 SALUTE Principal Partners

Circle Partners


Concerto Partners

Overture Partners Aēsop

Juliette Florist, Wellington

Phantom Billstickers Ltd

Ark Advance

Logan Brown Restaurant

Sempre Avanti Consulting

Barfoot & Thompson


Strategic Pay


McLaren Associates Ltd

Trinity College London

Fuji Xerox New Zealand

Multi-Media Systems Ltd

Walker & Hall


Pacific Resorts Hotel Group

Zoë Smith & Wayne Sampson for Tommy’s Real Estate

Special Funding Agencies

RNZ Concert is the NZSO’s official broadcaster

NZSO works in collaboration with SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music

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