City of Auckland

11/24/2023 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/23/2023 05:53

APO | The New Zealand Herald Premier Series: Beethoven's Violin

Conductor Giordano Bellincampi
Violin Clara-Jumi Kang
Leonie Holmes For just a little moment...
Beethoven Violin Concerto
Stravinsky Petrushka (1947)

Leonie Holmes' short work, commissioned by the APO in 2020, opens the final mainstage concert of the year. It takes its inspiration from Tessa Stephens' poem Cycles.

Beethoven's scintillating Violin Concerto is an exhilarating piece, particularly with a tour de force performance from the astonishing violinist Clara-Jumi Kang.

Stravinsky's ballet about a wooden puppet that comes to life is one of the most folk-influenced pieces he ever wrote. The opening scene is set in a fairground, and Stravinsky said that audiences should be able to smell the food.