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Orchestra Wellington announces blockbuster 2019

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Capital city music lovers are in for an EPIC 2019, with the release of Orchestra Wellington’s programme for next year.

Music director, Marc Taddei, says it takes a word like epic, to accurately describe the scale of the music the orchestra is taking on.

"Every one of these works is a monument of classical music, introducing developments so important that the history of music is inconceivable without them," Taddei says.

Included on the bill are two of the mightiest works to come out of the cauldron of the Second World War.

From Russia, comes Shostakovich’s eighth symphony, written during the darkest days of the conflict, and premiered just as the tide was beginning to turn in the Allies’ favour.

From the USA, comes Aaron Copland’s 3rd Symphony, which includes his ever-popular Fanfare for the Common Man.

Hector Berlioz’s opium-fuelled spectacular "Symphonie Fantastique", with its march to the scaffold and witches Sabbath, fills out another concert, while lovers of the music of Vienna will thrill to the pairing of Mozart’s brilliant Jupiter Symphony, with Bruckner’s apocalyptic eighth.

The orchestra’s favourite pianist, Michael Houstoun is also back to perform Samuel Barber’s piano concerto, while leader Amalia Hall takes on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, in a concert that also includes its 20th Century re-working by the Argentinian master of Tango, Astor Piazzolla titled "Four Seasons of Buenos Aires".

The orchestra also welcomes brilliant soloist Lev Sivkov, who will perform Samuel Barber’s cello concerto, in a concert rounded off by the greatest music ever written to accompany visual images;

Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Amalia Hall will perform Barber’s violin concerto in another enticing solo appearance.

Tickets for Orchestra Wellington’s EPIC Season ’19 are on sale now.

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