FORCE OF NATURE

19
/ Nov
Saturday
2016

FORCE OF NATURE

Location
45 Harvard Ave, Wigram, Christchurch 8140
Venue
Air Force Museum of NZ
Price
Between $18 - $48

Claude Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Esa-Pekka Salonen Violin Concerto
Jean Sibelius Symphony No. 5 op. 82, E flat major

 

Benjamin Northey Chief Conductor
Eoin Andersen Violin

 

Saturday 19th November, 7.30pm – pre concert talk at 6.40pm with Chris Cree Brown

Concluding the Masterworks Series for 2016 is Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5, a work of compelling grandeur. Commissioned by the Finnish Government to honour the composer’s 50th birthday, it is one of the truly great symphonies of the late Romantic era.

Considered to be the starting point of modern music, Debussy’s alluring Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune perfectly captures an afternoon woodland scene.

To mark the end of his tenure as Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and in response to his own approaching 50th birthday, Finnish composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen wrote his Violin Concerto. It is a work that explores the widest range of expression and instrumental resources of the violin and ranges from virtuosic acrobatics to quiet reflection and meditation.

Performing the New Zealand premiere of Salonen’s Violin Concerto is Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Co-Concertmaster, Eoin Andersen.