VIRTUOSO Season 2021

If the orchestra's victory in overcoming a global pandemic to present
a full season sums up 2020, then 2021 is best described by another V
word; Virtuoso.

Virtuoso voices will kick off the year with a May performance of Carl
Orff's choral colossus, Carmina Burana with Wellington's Orpheus
Choir.

The virtuoso violin of orchestra leader Amalia Hall comes to the fore
in the second concert, when she performs Paganini's notoriously
difficult Second Violin Concerto, La Campanella.

The virtuoso composer, Orchestra Wellington's own
Composer-in-Residence , John Psathas, features in concert number
three, with the premiere of his Saxophone Concerto, Call of the Wild,
performed by the equally brilliant multi-instrumentalist Adam Page.

New Zealand's very own opera diva, Anna Leese, features in concert
four when she sings Ravel's sensuous Sheherazade.

Wellington piano virtuoso Jian Liu promises a powerhouse performance
of Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini's, in concert five.

Then in the season finale, two concertos for the orchestra itself.
One, the New Zealand premiere of Paul Hindemith's Concerto for
Orchestra, then Bartok's concerto of the same name, one of the
best-loved works from the 20th century.

In between these symphonic masterworks by Hindemith and Bartok, a new
solo percussion concerto for Alexej Gerassimez called Leviathan, is
the second John Psathas concerto of the season.

Orchestra Wellington is also thinking big outside the concert hall,
with a multi-media "Superhero Experience" show highlighting the magic
of the Marvel Comic universe.

"At a time when global pandemic continues to shut down overseas
travel, we are proud and delighted to showcase our own virtuoso
stars," says Orchestra Wellington music director Marc Taddei.

"Orchestra Wellington really is a powerhouse of performer talent".

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