London Symphony

Houstoun, who hails from Feilding, brings sublime performances you
don’t want to miss. He received standing ovations last season by
playing two concertos in one night, by Mozart and Brahms.

This season, he’s just doing one, but fans of his finesse and
exquisite touch have plenty to look forward to in his interpretation
of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 14 with Orchestra Wellington.

The concert, ‘London Symphony’, on Saturday 11th August opens with,
Wild Cherry Tree, featuring two singers, countertenor Xiao Ma and bass
Roger Wilson.

The composer, Gao Ping is a pianist-composer, born in Sichuan
province, known for evocative textures and piano vocalization.

He lived in New Zealand for six years teaching composition at
Canterbury University where he met Marc Taddei who was the
Christchurch Symphony’s music director.

“Gao Ping’s music is absolutely extraordinary, beautiful and poetic,”

Orchestra Wellington music director Marc Taddei.

“When I heard one of his recent works with the NZSQ I was blown away.
I saw him after that concert and said ‘we need to do something
together’”.

That meeting has seen Gao Ping compose a five-movement symphony with
songs telling the story of the Tibetan region of China.

The orchestra is explored in many ways to produce sounds that relate
feelings of love, desire and enlightenment. The singers are the makers
of a song and tellers of a story, using their vocal range in both a
singing and an instrumental capacity.

Gao Ping is in demand worldwide while holding a professorship in
composition at a conservatory in Beijing. When his music was premiered
at the Aspen Music Festival, the San Francisco Chronicle called ‘The
Mountain’ a “superb and often sweepingly beautiful work.”

And the concert finishes with another of Dvorak’s symphonies, his
powerful and dramatic seventh.

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