Bringing Te Papa Masterworks To Life At Pictures At An Exhibition

Orchestra Wellington Is Bringing Te Papa Masterworks To Life At Pictures At An Exhibition

Te Papa's art collection will be on display when Orchestra Wellington performs the third concert in its Epic 2019 season on Friday 2nd August.

Accompanied by stunning images from Te Papa's collection including
Dick Frizzell’s ‘The dancing chicken’ and Ernest Mervyn Taylor’s ‘Maui
and Mahuika’, the orchestra will perform Mussorgsky's masterpiece,
Pictures at an Exhibition.

The piece follows a viewers promenade through a gallery taking in
almost 30 paintings along the way, all of which are brought to life by

While Marc Taddei leads the orchestra, images of Te Papa's own
masterworks will be projected on a giant screen in a stunning
multi-media display. The gorgeous colours in Ravel’s Pictures at an
Exhibition have made it a showpiece for orchestras.

And if resurrecting masterworks from the past wasn't enough, the orchestra is also collaborating with composer Alex Taylor and artist Simon Ingram to produce a new multimedia work.

Taylor has composed an orchestral canvas that frames, extrapolates from, and dialogues with, sounds and images from one of Ingram's incredible painting robots.

Russian Lev Sivkov is performing Samuel Barber’s Cello Concerto. He
was born into a musical family in Novosibirsk, Siberia. Sivkov is a
winner of the Naumburg Competition in New York.

Pictures at an Exhibition -  Friday 2nd August, 7:30pm
Michael Fowler Centre
Marc Taddei, music director
Lev Sikov, cello

Debussy – L’Isle joyeuse
Alex Taylor & Simon Ingram – New work
Barber – Cello Concerto
Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition

Photo caption: Maui and Mahuika, 1956, Wellington, by E Mervyn Taylor.

Orchestra Wellington