Beethoven, Brahms… and Frankenstein

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, 2019

We are delighted to partner with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) for its 2019 series of concerts, which offers rich musical fare for audiences of all persuasions.

Highlights are too numerous to mention, so we encourage you to visit the Orchestra’s website to browse the complete programme at leisure and to book tickets for your favoured performances.

Among them are a Beethoven Festival, which will see performances of the master composer’s nine symphonies in Wellington and Auckland, conducted by NZSO’s Musical Director (and authority on Beethoven’s music), Edo de Waart; and several commissioned works by contemporary New Zealand composers. Maestro de Waart will also present ‘Masterworks’ concerts, including Gustav Holst’s The Planets, Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations, Franz Schubert’s ‘Great’ C major symphony, and Gustav Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ symphony.

Mary Shelley’s brilliant speculative novel may win some new readers by dint of Austrian composer and conductor HK Gruber’s work Frankenstein!!, which also references James Bond and Goldfinger. For these concerts, acclaimed trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger will swap places with the conducter to allow Gruber, as chansonnier, to perform his own work.

The programme’s eminent guest performers also warrant mention—they include the American mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, pianists Joyce Yang, Denis Kozhukhin, Steven Osborne and Louis Lortie, and violinists Carolin Widmann and Jennifer Koh.

We look forward to being among the audience for this stellar season, and to savouring the best of classical and contemporary music performed by artists of exceptional calibre.

‘Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.’

Ludwig van Beethoven