Orchestra Wellington is saving the best of its Great and Noble 2018
season for last.
The capital’s very own orchestra will end the year with Dvorak’s
much-loved New World Symphony on Saturday 1st December.
Written by the Czech composer while he was living and teaching in the
United States, the New World, is both a tribute to America’s seemingly
boundless resources and energy, and a homesick love letter to his
At its core is the beautiful Largo, with an unforgettable melody
inspired by African American spiritual singing, constantly voted by
classical music lovers as one of the most beautiful tunes ever
Dvorak, who directed New York’s top music school from 1892 to 1894,
was ahead of his time in predicting African Americans would have a
major role in the nation’s musical future.
Other Americans scoffed, but time proved Dvorak right, first with the
rise of the blues, then jazz, and finally rock, which all have African
rhythms and harmonies at their core.
But Dvorak’s ears were also open to the music of indigenous Americans,
and the nation’s many European settlers, and the result is a symphony
full of melody, colour, and drama – just like America.
Orchestra Wellington’s final 2018 concert, also gives fans another
chance to hear its brilliant young leader, Amalia Hall, in solo mode,
as she performs a new violin concerto by Wellingtonian Michael Norris,
specially written for the concert.
Those who saw Amalia take on Bartok’s monumental concerto earlier this
year, will know her world class playing is not to be missed.
And kicking off a night that’s bound to be full of surprises, the
orchestra will perform the overture to Mozart’s greatest and darkest
opera, Don Giovanni, the story of a ladies’ man who rides his luck too
far. Although, even in his darkest moments, Mozart’s music will still
get your feet silently tapping.
Orchestra Wellington’s New World is on Saturday 1st December, 7.30pm
at the Michael Fowler Centre, conducted by Marc Taddei.
Secure your seat from ticketmaster.co.nz