Concert update, 8 September, 2020:

Due to the recent COVID-19 restrictions in place, the NZSO has replaced the three works in Inspiration with two where social distancing can be maintained between musicians: Anthony Ritchie’s Remember Parihaka and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 Eroica. The other work to feature in the concerts, Finnish composer Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto, will still be performed. The Inspiration concert has now been renamed Eroica

Tickets already purchased for Inspiration are valid for Eroica

Eroica concert programme:


ANTHONY RITCHIE Remember Parihaka
SIBELIUS Cello Concerto
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 Eroica



Miguel Harth-Bedoya Conductor          
Augustin Hadelich Violin    

Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol
Sibelius Violin Concerto
Debussy Images Pour Orchestre, II. Ibéria
Ravel Rapsodie Espagnole

Perennial favourite Miguel Harth-Bedoya returns to conduct the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) in a sumptuous Spanish-inspired musical feast – with a Finnish cherry on top. The concert opens with Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol, ripe with Spanish melodies. Both Debussy’s Images, from which Iberia is drawn, and Ravel’s piece Rapsodie Espagnole began life as works for piano, but in these vividly colourful orchestral versions Debussy’s dreamy impressions of Spain and Ravel’s own maternally-inherited Spanish roots are brought here to full flower.

Augustin Hadelich also returns, after wowing New Zealanders in 2018. Named “Instrumentalist of the Year” by Musical America and lauded by NPR as capable of evoking “every nuanced colour and ethereal sound the instrument can make”, Hadelich’s superlative violin playing is sure to bring out the evocative flavours of Sibelius’ well-loved Violin Concerto. The only concerto Sibelius ever wrote, its fiendish technical difficultly is matched only by its expressive power. Indeed, musicologist Donald Tovey wrote, “I have not met a more original, a more masterly, and a more exhilarating work than the Sibelius Violin Concerto.”

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Last updated: 03 February 2020