The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra celebrates Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary in 2020 with a rare performance of one of the composer’s greatest achievements in Napier, Taupō, Tauranga, Auckland and Wellington in October.
Led by NZSO Principal Conductor in Residence Hamish McKeich, the Orchestra will perform Beethoven’s exhilarating single-movement masterpiece Grosse Fuge. The work, originally written for string quartet, was completed just two years before the composer’s death in 1827. At the time it bewildered critics and its complexity continues to challenge musicians. However, it’s now considered a triumph and one of Beethoven’s finest works.
Hamish McKeich (image supplied)
The Timeless concerts will also feature two extraordinary symphonies by two of Beethoven’s biggest influences – the Austrian giants Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Haydn’s Symphony No. 64 Tempora Mutantur (Times Change) is considered an exemplar of the Classical symphony from the acknowledged “father of the symphony”.
Mozart’s passionate Symphony No. 40 is arguably the most popular of all the composer’s symphonies and one of the most recognisable pieces of Classical music ever written. The work’s uplifting opening theme has been used endlessly in films and television shows and is a timeless audience favourite.
Tickets for Timeless in Napier, Tauranga and Taupō are available from ticketek.co.nz and in Auckland and Wellington from ticketmaster.co.nz.
The Wellington Timeless concert will also be live-streamed at live.nzso.co.nz.