New Zealand Symphony Orchestra 2022 Season brochure

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Tēnā koutou katoa One of the most enjoyable, but often challenging, tasks for any professional orchestra is planning each season. As the NZSO celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2022, we like to think we are very experienced at putting together all the music and activities that make every season something special. Since the pandemic, we’ve had to think smarter and work harder as we assemble a new season, while still delivering the best music experiences to all New Zealanders. We have a fantastic array of concerts and events for our 75th year which everyone will enjoy, from long-time fans to the many people we reach for the first time. In 2022 we present 75 concerts in 18 centres across Aotearoa New Zealand, while also reaching audiences across the world online. The season opens with the ground-breaking Hihī – a song of place. This Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival production is a collaboration with Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts and will be premiered at Gisborne’s Waihīrere Domain before being performed as a symphonic work in Wellington. On 06 March – 75 years to the day after our first performance, we celebrate our 75th anniversary with Jubilee, a special free concert featuring favourites from the Orchestra and works selected by the public. The celebrations continue throughout the year wherever we play, with Aotearoa New Zealand composers a key focus. The 2022 Season features works by Dorothy Buchanan, Claire Cowan, David Farquhar, Douglas Lilburn, David Mason, Jenny McLeod, John Psathas, Kodi Rasmussen, John Ritchie, Kirsten Strom, Tabea Squire, Anthony Watson and Dame Gillian Whitehead. Other exciting partnerships and collaborations in 2022 see us join forces with Lexus Song Quest, CubaDupa, the National Band of New Zealand and the Royal New Zealand Ballet. The NZSO is also delighted to continue reaching communities and new audiences through Setting Up Camp and Immerse 2022, which includes our popular Open Doors events. When we first played in 1947, Deputy Prime Minister Walter Nash wished us “every possible success … in the great work that you’re going to do on behalf of this little dominion.” We’re very proud of what we’ve brought to Aotearoa New Zealand in our first 75 years. As an orchestra for the 21st century, with your support, we’ll continue to do great work for decades to come. Ngā manaakitanga


Peter Biggs CNZM Te Kaihautū o Te Tira Pūoro o Aotearoa NZSO Chief Executive

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