Director Andrew Beer
Piano Michael Houstoun
John Psathas New Fanfare (World premiere)
Beethoven Piano Concerto No.1
R. Strauss Wind Serenade
Dvořák Serenade for Strings
The APO returns to the stage after lockdown in triumphant mood with a star pianist and a world premiere.
The concert opens with a new commission by renowned New Zealand composer John Psathas - a fanfare to celebrate the achievements of our ‘Team of Five Million’.
The much-loved NZ pianist Michael Houstoun is delaying his retirement to 2021 and APO is thrilled that he is still joining the orchestra for this momentous concert. He’ll be performing Beethoven’s splendid First Piano Concerto, a nod to the great composer’s 250th birthday this year.
Two wonderful serenades put our woodwind and string musicians in the spotlight. Richard Strauss’ Wind Serenade for 13 wind instruments, written when he was only 17, is melodic and lyrical. Dvořák’s beloved Serenade for Strings, reflects the composer’s growing confidence as he took his first steps towards fame and recognition.
Due to the impact of COVID-19 this concert has seen changes to soloists and repertoire. Existing tickets for this concerts are still valid. If you wish to attend and already have a ticket there is no need to get in touch and we look forward to seeing you.