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    • CSO Presents: Ōtautahi Proud

      Douglas Lilburn Auditorium, Christchurch Town Hall
    • Ōtautahi Christchurch is a creative hot bed for New Zealand songwriters and singers, producing some of our country’s most memorable contemporary songs.

      This concert celebrates the song writing tradition featuring a stellar cast of Christchurch-raised performers singing a selection of their own works as well as some of their own personal favourites.

      Ōtautahi Proud is a part of the events surrounding the 2020 Silver Scroll Awards, back in Christchurch after many years.

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    • Lamb & Hayward Masterworks: American Rhythm

      Douglas Lilburn Auditorium, Christchurch Town Hall
    • This concert celebrates the music of Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin, two giants of 20th century American culture. Their pioneering approach to combining elements of classical music with jazz-influenced effects have produced some of the most memorable works of the era.

      Acclaimed as one of the great interpreters of Gershwin’s music, pianist Simon Tedeschi joins the CSO to perform Rhapsody in Blue and Variations on I Got Rhythm.

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    • Lamb & Hayward Masterworks: French Fantasy

      Douglas Lilburn Auditorium, Christchurch Town Hall
    • Described by the Herald Tribune as “charismatic, brilliant, energetic”, Estonian conductor Anu Tali makes her debut with the CSO for an evening of French music.

      One of the great romantic symphonies, Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique tells the tale of an artist who is haunted by the vision of an unattainable woman. Featuring an opium-fuelled nightmare in which the artist watches his own execution, this evocative and sumptuous musical tale is a true masterpiece.

      The CSO are delighted to welcome back violinist Andrew Haveron, Concertmaster of Sydney Symphony Orchestra, to perform Dutilleux’s Concerto for Violin L’arbre des songes (the tree of dreams).

      Opening the concert is Dukas’ tone poem Sorcerer’s Apprentice, also known for its starring role in Walt Disney’s classic animated film, Fantasia.

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    • Lamb & Hayward Masterworks: Joyful Sound

      Douglas Lilburn Auditorium, Christchurch Town Hall
    • Having watched his father conduct Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony at the inaugural concert of the Christchurch Town Hall in 1972, Anthony Ritchie had some of his most formative and positive musical experiences in this building. The CSO is delighted to perform the world premiere of Anthony Ritchie’s fifth symphony, written for the orchestra to celebrate the restoration and re-opening of the Christchurch Town Hall.

      Performed by the CSO’s Principal Clarinet, David McGregor, Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto is considered to be one of his most sublime works. Composed during the final year of Mozart’s life this concerto conveys a reflective poignancy.

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    • Lamb & Hayward Masterworks: Beethoven 250

      Douglas Lilburn Auditorium, Christchurch Town Hall
    • Born in 1770 in Bonn, Germany, Ludwig van Beethoven is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest composers of all time. His music was as radical as his political views and frequently shocked audiences with its innovative use of rhythm and harmony.

      Considered one of the masterpieces for violin and orchestra, Beethoven’s violin concerto contains moments of stunning virtuosity and poetic depth. Returning to perform this work with the CSO is Christchurch-born, Vienna Philharmonic first violinist, Benjamin Morrison.

      At the time of its first performance, Beethoven’s Mass in C was not well received by audiences due to its revolutionary ideas. Today, it is embraced by audiences globally and loved for its potent drama and vocal power.

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    • Lamb & Hayward Masterworks: Houstoun Plays Brahms

      Douglas Lilburn Auditorium, Christchurch Town Hall
    • Mendelssohn’s fourth symphony is bursting with exuberance and youthful energy. Inspired by his travels around Italy, it is characterised by bright, sunny melodies and an uplifting freshness.

      Also featuring in this programme are two exquisite miniatures, Debussy’s Lindaraja, originally composed for two pianos, and Poulenc’s Cantilena both re-imagined in sensitive arrangements for orchestra.

      New Zealand’s foremost pianist, Michael Houstoun, joins the CSO to perform Brahms magnificient first piano concerto in his final performance with the CSO as he farewells the concert platform.

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    • Lamb & Hayward Masterworks: Compassion

      Douglas Lilburn Auditorium, Christchurch Town Hall
    • We open this special concert with the world premiere of a work for kapa haka and orchestra developed in collaboration between Victoria Kelly and Te Ahikaaroa.

      Compassion draws from the rich worlds of Islam and Judaism to present a collection of profound and poetic messages surrounding the idea of compassion between human beings. Sung in Hebrew and Arabic, this deeply moving and powerful work weaves together the mesmerising voice of Lior with the sounds of the symphony orchestra.

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    • Lamb & Hayward Masterworks: Symphonic Dances

      Douglas Lilburn Auditorium, Christchurch Town Hall
    • Opening the Lamb & Hayward Masterworks Series is Jack Body’s Fanfare for Bert, a humorous and catchy tribute to the easy listening master Bert Kaempfert.

      Making his debut with the CSO to perform Sibelius’ brilliant Violin Concerto in D minor, New Zealand born Benjamin Baker has been described by the New York Times as a “fine violinist of virtuosity and refinement”.

      Considered to be his greatest work for orchestra, Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances is a sumptuous musical feast. Featuring echoes of musical chants from the Russian Orthodox and Catholic traditions, the work contrasts deeply expressive moments with outbursts of ecstatic exuberance.

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