Trum­pet­ing suc­cess

Central Leader - - News -

Mem­bers of the Cen­tral Band of the Royal New Zealand Air Force trum­pet the re­turn of Es­to­nian con­duc­tor Arvo Volmer at a con­cert by the Auck­land Phil­har­mo­nia Orches­tra that fea­tures Rim­sky-Kor­sakov’s spell­bind­ing Scheherazade.

The con­cert, called 1001 Nights, fifth in the APN News & Me­dia Pre­mier Se­ries, will be per­formed at the Auck­land Town Hall on Thurs­day June 19.

Arvo Volmer, whom au­di­ences may re­call as hav­ing led the orches­tra’s ground­break­ing per­for­mance of Shostakovich’s Len­ingrad Sym­phony in 2006, opens the evening with Janecek’s Sin­foni­etta. Also known as the Mil­i­tary Sin­foni­etta, the work will be en- hanced by the sonor­ity of no less than 12 Royal New Zealand Air Force trum­pets.

The con­cert also fea­tures the tal­ents of young Bul­gar­ian Bella Hris­tova, who re­unites with the APO for the first time since win­ning last year’s Michael Hill In­ter­na­tional Vi­o­lin Com­pe­ti­tion. Hris­tova per­forms Prokofiev’s haunt­ing Vi­o­lin Con­certo No. 1.

Clos­ing the evening is Rim­sky-Kor­sakov’s kalei­do­scopic Scheherazade, which draws its in­spi­ra­tion from the Per­sian lit­er­ary tale One Thou­sand and One Nights.

Sin­gle tick­ets to 1001 Nights (from $20-$110) are avail­able from Tick­etek, Ph 09 307 5139, www.tick­etek.co.nz.

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