Conductor Gemma New
Violin Francesca Dego
Organ Christopher Wrench
Lilburn Aotearoa Overture
Sibelius Violin Concerto
Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3, ‘Organ’
After considerable international success, New Zealand conductor Gemma New makes her first appearance with the APO.
Studying in grey London in 1940, the young Douglas Lilburn wrote this love song to his far-off home. Right from the first bars, it is music of open sky and high mountains, green pastures and clean seas.
Sibelius’ superb Violin Concerto is an apt piece to match it, as the Finnish master was one of Lilburn’s favourite composers. Then Saint-Saëns’ masterpiece – it will be impossible not to be swept away when the full power of the magnificent Auckland Town Hall organ is unleashed!
Pre-concert talk by Kevin Bishop at 7:15 pm in the concert chamber.