Sin­fo­nia cel­e­brates Tchaikvsky and Lil­burn


The Manawatu Sin­fo­nia com­pletes its 2015 con­cert se­ries this com­ing Sun­day.

While con­tin­u­ing the cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tion of Hun­ter­ville com­poser Dou­glas Lil­burn, its big at­trac­tion will be the per­for­mance by NZSO vi­o­lin­ist Me­gan Molina of Tchaikovsky’s Vi­o­lin Con­certo.

‘‘It’s a great work,’’ en­thuses Sin­fo­nia con­duc­tor, Peter van Drim­me­len. ‘‘ The Tchaik has power, pas­sion, great tunes. And lots of notes for the soloist.’’

De­rided at its pre­miere in 1878 – ‘‘the vi­o­lin was not played but beaten black and blue’’, the con­certo is now a firm favourite amongst vi­o­lin­ists and au­di­ences alike. Its great themes and fire­cracker vi­o­lin tech­niques have the power to en­thral lis­ten­ers and chal­lenge soloists.

Be­fore join­ing the NZSO in 2012, the Welling­ton raised and trained Me­gan had been as­sist- ant con­cert­mas­ter of the Charleston Sym­phony Or­ches­tra in South Carolina, USA.

The Sin­fo­nia com­pletes its Lil­burn cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tion by play­ing his Aotearoa Over­ture.

‘‘ Aotearoa has to be the most New Zealand sound­ing of all his works – and his most pop­u­lar. It’s got great rous­ing themes – you can feel the tus­sock and smell the surf in this work. If this were a flag de­sign it would win hands­down,’’ Peter laughs. The Sin­fo­nia is also play­ing

Moun­tain Res­cue, an ex­cerpt from the 1950 score Lil­burn com­posed for the film Jour­ney for


‘‘It’s a short work, but this will be the world con­cert pre­miere that cap­tures climb­ing Mount Cook,’’ Peter says.

The Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 18 con­cert is at 2.30pm in the Cathe­dral of the Holy Spirit, with tick­ets $15/10 at the door.


New Zealand Sym­phony Or­ches­tra vi­o­lin­ist Me­gan Molina is soloist for the last Manawatu Sin­fo­nia con­cert of the year.

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