Osmo Vänskä, Conductor
Esther Yoo, Violin
Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Saint-Saëns, Violin Concerto No. 3
Sibelius, Symphony No. 5
World-renowned conductor Osmo Vänskä returns to New Zealand to lead the NZSO in a concert celebrating the full might of the symphony orchestra. Music Director of the Minnesota Orchestra, Vänskä has been praised for interpretations rife with “an urgency and spontaneity that send shivers down one’s back”.
In his hands, new life will spring forth in the much-loved Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, by Ralph Vaughan Williams. This work is paired with another great classic – Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5. With its glorious “swan-call” horn theme in the third movement, the Fifth Symphony remains one of the lushest and deeply moving symphonies of the 20th-century.
Violinist Esther Yoo performs for the first time with the NZSO and will play Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No. 3. Named BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist in 2014, Yoo was just six years old when she made her first concerto debut. Her dazzling musicality will come to the fore in the Saint-Saëns. Written for violinist/composer Pablo de Sarasate, its subtle nuances provide interpretative challenges for even the most skilled performer. Yoo is certainly up to the task.