The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is to stage two special Beethoven and Bach concerts in Wellington and livestream each performance.
Pastoral on 8 July will showcase two of Beethoven’s greatest works – the Emperor Piano Concerto featuring legendary pianist Diedre Irons – and the composer’s glorious celebration of nature, the Sixth Symphony Pastoral. The Orchestra will be led by NZSO Principal Conductor in Residence Hamish McKeich.
On 22 July the NZSO will perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s baroque masterpiece Goldberg Variations. The Orchestra toured Goldberg Variations to critical acclaim earlier this year. This will be its first performance in Wellington.
Manawatu Standard praised Goldberg Variations. “The orchestra provided a rare and immensely satisfying concert performance of this monumental opus from the height of the Baroque period.”
Tickets to Pastoral will be at a special price of $30 or $20, and for Goldberg Variations $20 or $15 from ticketmaster.co.nz
Both concerts will also be live-streamed and free to view at live.nzso.co.nz
Long considered one of New Zealand’s most distinguished musicians, Canadian-born Diedre Irons has performed with the NZSO numerous times since 1976. In 2017 it included special concerts with three NZSO Principals, which critics hailed as “a night of extraordinary music-making”.
Goldberg Variations will be directed by NZSO Concertmaster Vesa-Matti Leppänen and features acclaimed New Zealand pianist Stephen De Pledge on fortepiano.
Bach’s masterpiece was first written for harpsichord. The 30 variations include arrangements for string instruments by Russian violinist Dmitry Sitkovetsky and arrangements for other instruments by German conductor Heribert Breuer.
“The different instruments will add a huge amount of colour to the variations, making an already exquisite work even more mesmerising for audiences,” says Leppänen.
HAMISH MCKEICH Conductor
DIEDRE IRONS Piano
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73 Emperor
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 Pastoral
WELLINGTON | Michael Fowler Centre|Wednesday 8 July| 7.30pm and online at live.nzso.co.nz
VESA-MATTI LEPPӒNEN Director
STEPHEN DE PLEDGE Fortepiano
JS BACH Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
WELLINGTON | Michael Fowler Centre|Wednesday 22 July| 7.30pm and online at live.nzso.co.nz