Stravinsky & Mendelssohn

101 Hastings Street South, Hastings

The NZSO, with conductor James Judd, bring some Italian delights to cities and towns across Te Ika-a-Māui.
Before our Italian sojourn begins, we travel to the deep south of Aotearoa New Zealand with Anthony Ritchie’s Whakatipua, a musical portrait of the awe-inspiring landscapes around Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown.

Stravinsky’s Pulcinella suite brings to life the famed (and very naughty) puppet Punch, a comical character of early Italian Theatre. Based on his own 1920 ballet of the same name, the Pulcinella suite is a feast of catchy neo-Baroque dance tunes.

Finally, Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony was inspired by the composer’s travels across Italy in 1830. Mendelssohn himself declared the symphony as “the jolliest piece I have ever done.” Cheerful and toe-tapping, this work will leave you bathing in Italian sunshine.

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Toitoi - Opera House, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

101 Hastings Street South, Hastings

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