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RICHARD STRAUSS Don Juan
SARAH BALLARD Synergos (Composer-in-Residence, new commission)
RICHARD STRAUSS Also Sprach Zarathustra
ALEXANDER SHELLEY conductor
All tickets are $10. Booking fees apply.
concert duration: 1h20 (including interval)
This is a concert on a grand scale with 96 aspiring NZSO musicians celebrating Richard Strauss’s 150th birthday. His iconic Also Sprach Zarathustra immediately evokes Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The shattering intensity with which the Orchestra explodes makes it easy to hear why the film director was so entranced. Strauss’s tone poem Don Juan takes the audience on another exhilarating journey, this time into the passionate love affairs of our scandalous hero. Composed when Strauss was only 24, the work is filled with youthful optimism.
Under the direction of Shakespeare in Music’s guest conductor Alexander Shelley, and in celebration of the remarkable talents of our young musicians, we also feature a new commission Synergos from our 2014 NZSO National Youth Orchestra Composer-in-Residence Sarah Ballard.