The NZSO 2020 line up is an eclectic group of musicians including a Grammy Award winner, YouTube star and internationally acclaimed local conductor proving that the NZSO is maintaining its classical relevance alongside contemporary artists.
Ukrainian pianist Valentina Lisitsa has over 216 million views on YouTube will be joining six time Grammy Award winner Giancario Guerrero. Audiences will also be treated to New Zealand conductor Gemma New who will conduct in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.
2020 is also the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth which will see the NZSO perform a variety of concerts which are aimed at all ages with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony featuring Ode to Joy sung in Te Reo by local youth choirs and conducted by Marin Alsop on her first performance in New Zealand.
“One of the most exciting events to mark Beethoven’s 250th anniversary will be performing Ode to Joy in Te Reo Māori,” say’s NZSO Chief Executive Christopher Blake “We’re honoured a conductor of Marin Alsop’s standing is coming to New Zealand for the first time to lead the NZSO and that the concerts will include talented young New Zealanders.”
The local concerts form part of an international project for Alsop called All Together: A Global Ode to Joy seeing Alsoph conduct nine orchestras over five continents as they perform the Ninth Symphony.
The NZSO’s Baroque Series will also be returning to more towns including, Lower Hutt, Paraparaumu, Palmerston North, Tauranga, Christchurch, Dunedin, Oamaru and Nelson for the first time, alongside performances in Wellington, Hamilton and Invercargill.
“Another milestone is the expansion of our Baroque Series to 11 cities and the Auckland debut of our equally-popular Shed Series. In 2020 New Zealanders can enjoy their national orchestra in concert halls and beyond presenting a diverse mix of music with exceptional guest artists.” says Blake.
The NZSO is also creating a new programme called Setting Up Camp which is aimed at marking it easier for more communities to engage with the NZSO.
These are just a few of the recitals and programmes planned for the NZSO in 2020. You can find out more about their full programme at nzso.co.nz. This is also wehre you can find 2020 Season subscription tickets, single tickets go on sale on the 31 January 2020 so put it in your diary now!