Hamish McKeich Conductor

Lissa Meridan firecracker
Joshua Pearson When a pale blue dot breathes, a crowd of cacophony begins
Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
Prokofiev Suite from 'Lieutenant Kijé', Op. 60
Arturo Márquez Danzón No. 2

The NZSO National Youth Orchestra returns to perform a fiery finale full of inspiring and uplifting music from around the world.

NYO Finale opens with New Zealand composer Lissa Meridan’s award-winning firecracker, hailed as “zany and ear-popping” by critics since its premiere.

The world premiere of NYO Composer-in-Residence Joshua Pearson’s When a pale blue dot breathes, a crowd of cacophony begins will undoubtedly prove to be a landmark event. Inspired by a photograph taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft in 1990 of Earth seen from 6 billion kilometres away, the piece is a poetic image of our planet.

Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s famous Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture and Sergei Prokofiev’s popular Suite from Lieutenant Kijé also feature in the concert. A Midnight Sleighride arrangement of the latter’s Troika movement has been adapted several times, including the hit I Believe in Father Christmas.

Danzón No 2 by Mexican composer Arturo Márquez has become of the most performed Mexican orchestral works since its premiere in 1994. Inspired by danzón, a dance style from Cuba, it gained worldwide popularity thanks to conductor and Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Director Gustavo Dudamel.