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It’s a full house for the NZSO’s free 70th birthday concert

In a historic milestone for the country, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra turns 70 on Monday, 6 March. To celebrate, the NZSO is performing to a full house at Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre on the same day.

Invited guests will include the Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy, Wellington Mayor Justin Lester and former players from around New Zealand and overseas.

The audience will also include a few who attended the orchestra’s first concert on 6 March, 1947 at Wellington Town Hall.

All tickets to the free concert have been snapped up by the public and invited guests. However, the concert will be broadcast live on Radio New Zealand Concert from 7pm.

The variety of music for the 70th Birthday Concert has been chosen by the orchestra players and reflects the rich history of the NZSO. Each work will be introduced by a player and it will include a performance of Dvořák’s Carnival Overture, Op.92, which opened the 1947 concert.

NZSO 70th Birthday Concert

Hamish McKeich CONDUCTOR

Dvořák Carnival Overture
Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major: II. Tema con variazioni
Michael Houstoun Soloist 
Elgar Chanson de Nuit
Gareth Farr From the Depths Sound the Great Sea Gongs: Part 1 - The Invocation of the Sea 
Stravinsky Suite from 'The Firebird' (1919 Version): Berceuse and Finale
Verdi Overture to ‘The Force of Destiny’
Sibelius Karelia Suite
Ron Goodwin 633 Squadron
Richard Strauss Suite from 'Der Rosenkavalier'

WELLINGTON | Michael Fowler Centre | Monday 6 March | 7pm