This October the NZSO Celebrates Spring by bringing the Te Māpouriki Dusk tour to Gisborne, Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Napier and Wellington featuring some of the most exciting works written by Mozart, Richard Strauss, Mendelssohn and Schumann. The tour will also be the world premiere of new work by local composer Kenneth Young.
Acclaimed German conductor Jun Märkl is making his NZSO debut next month alongside NZSO Section Principal Horn Samuel Jacobs who is also the soloist for Strauss’ popular Horn Concerto No. 1 which was written when the composer was only 18 years old. Remaining one of the most demanding solo works for the French horn as it uses both the highest and lowest notes in quick succession, Jacobs is looking forward to the challenge.
“I’m really looking forward to playing Strauss’ Horn Concerto No. 1 because it has always been my favourite horn concerto, right from when I performed it with London’s Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra over 15 years ago,” says Jacobs. “With its glorious, expansive opening, its beautifully lyrical slow movement right through to its rousing finale, it’s got something for everyone.”
The concert will also premiere Te Māpouriki, which was commissioned as part of the NZSO Landfall Series and written by Young. The Landfall Series marks 250 years since the first encounters between Māori and Europeans in Aotearoa / New Zealand.
“I was very pleased to be invited by the NZSO to contribute to this extraordinary series of commissions and looking forward to hearing Maestro Märkl perform it with my old friends and colleagues of the NZSO,” says Young.
Te Māpouriki Dusk also features Mozart’s Symphony No. 31 Paris and a finale of Schumann’s revered Symphony No. 1 Spring. Having conducted many leading orchestras, Mastro Märkl is a highly-respected interpreter of both symphonic and operatic repertoire and has worked internationally including with the state operas of Vienna, Berlin, Munich and Dresden.
Maestro Märkl began playing piano and violin at an early age, while growing up in a musical family with a classical pianist mother and violinist father. “I always had the sound of the best of the repertoire of the piano and the violin [around me]. It was very natural that I wanted to play those instruments,” he says.
Becoming a conductor because he loved working with other musicians, this is Maestro Märkl’s NZSO debut. “On the piano you’re working basically for yourself. I found out that [there is] such a joy working with other musicians to create something bigger than what we are, something greater, and present that music to an audience.”
GISBORNE | War Memorial Theatre|Thursday 17 October| 7.30pm
AUCKLAND | Town Hall| Friday 18 October| 7.30pm
HAMILTON | Claudelands Arena|Saturday 19 October| 7.30pm
TAURANGA | Baycourt Addison Theatre|Tuesday 22 October| 7.30pm
NAPIER | Municipal Theatre|Wednesday 23 October| 7.30pm
WELLINGTON | Michael Fowler Centre|Thursday 24 October| 7.30pm