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.