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Christchurch Symphony Orchestra: Spring 17

Live Music

Join the CSO as we welcome spring with romance and romanticism.

On 2 September, acclaimed cellist and conductor Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt will be returning to the city to perform with and direct the orchestra in the second of the Beca Artist Series at the Charles Luney Auditorium. A concert that is at once atmospheric, lively and romantic, the programme features Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, Haydn’s vibrant Cello Concerto No. 1, and Schumann’s romantic Symphony No. 4, which he wrote shortly after marrying the love of his life, Clara.

International rising star violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen joins us on 16 September in Lamb & Hayward masterworks: Tchaikovsky 5, to perform Samuel Barber’s lyrical Violin Concerto. The programme opens with Elgar’s Sospiri (meaning ‘Sighs’), and finishes with Tchaikovsky’s deeply romantic and Russian Symphony No. 5.

Written during a time of political repression and ultra-conservative nationalism, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy is a timely reminder of our shared humanity. The Christchurch City Choir, Jubilate Singers, Consortia and Burnside High School Senior Chorale will be joining us for the performance in Lamb & Hayward Masterworks: Ode to Joy (14 October), along with vocalists Amanda Atlas, Sally Russell, Oliver Sewell and James Clayton.

Then, join us for a celebration of flag waving, streamer throwing, and singing along as we welcome back Brian Law as Proms maestro for our annual British-flavoured extravaganza, Leighs Construction CSO Presents: Last Night of the Proms (4 November).

On 11 November, in an all-American programme, join us for a fast paced and vibrant programme that celebrates the best of the leader of the free world, with John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine, a full-throttled fanfare for a full orchestra, Gershwin’s tour de force Piano Concerto in F Major, and Aaron Copland’s Symphony No. 3, ‘For the Common Man’, written in 1945 as a tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of the regular soldiers who “did all the dirty work” in WWII.

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