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.