“The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is taking Beethoven’s life’s work on tour, performing all nine of the great composer’s symphonies in Auckland and Wellington as part of this year’s Beethoven Festival,” writes Julie Iles in Thursday’s (8/15) Dominion Post (Wellington, New Zealand). “Led by NZSO music director Maestro Edo de Waart, the symphony will play in Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre over four concerts in the last week of August, following a week of performances in Auckland…. De Waart said: ‘I have always felt that you are a richer person after hearing all of Beethoven’s nine symphonies. You gain a little bit more insight and you have been touched by greatness.’ … Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, his best known, will be performed by a full-strength NZSO with four world-renowned singers … and the Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir.” In Wellington, the orchestra will perform the first three symphonies on August 28, followed by the fourth and fifth symphonies (Aug. 29), the sixth and seventh symphonies (Aug. 30), and the eighth and ninth symphonies (Aug. 31).
Posted August 16, 2019