Jun Märkl - Conductor
Samuel Jacobs - Horn
Kenneth Young - Te Māpouriki
W.A. Mozart - Symphony No. 31 in D major, K. 297 Paris
Richard Strauss - Horn Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 11
Mendelssohn - Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Op. 27
R. Schumann - Symphony No. 1 in Bb major, Op. 38 Spring
German-Japanese conductor Jun Märkl conducts a spring concert that includes an exciting new New Zealand work and some popular classics.
Te Māpouriki by New Zealand composer Kenneth Young was commissioned as part of the NZSO Cook’s Landfall Series to mark 250 years since the first encounters between Māori and European settlers. It reflects how Cook was changed by his experiences.
Mozart’s vigorous Paris Symphony was written while the composer was in Paris looking for work. The first movement begins with a rising, accelerating scale – an effect known as the Mannheim rocket.
Richard Strauss was a prolific composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras, composing many chamber, orchestral, solo works as well as many Operas. His first horn concerto, written when he was just 18 is still a popular work today and will be performed by NZSO principal horn Samuel Jacobs.
Mendelssohn’s concert overture Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage is based on two poems by Goethe. The fanfare at the end of the work suggests that despite the absence of wind at the beginning, the sailing ship reached its destination.
Robert Schumann wrote his First Symphony – Spring in just four days. According to his wife, the title is inspired by poet Adolf Böttger’s Frühlingsgedicht (Spring poem). The last lines read “O turn, O turn and change your course— In the valley spring blooms forth!”
Parking from 5.30pm
Box Office opens: 6.00pm
Doors open: 6.00pm
Programmes available on Lower Concourse
Pre Concert Talk: 6.45pm (Upper Concourse)
Concert Starts: 7.30pm
Hold Out Applies: 7.30pm-7.38pm
Show Ends: (approx) 9.20pm
Post concert function: 9.20pm (Upper Concourse)
Corner of Brooklyn Road and Heaphy Terrace