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August 9, 2019 7:30PM—August 9, 2019 9:30PM • Shed 6, Wellington

NZSO Shed Series | Sinfonietta


Hamish McKeich | Conductor

Piazzolla | Sinfonietta
Eve de Castro-Robinson | Cyprian’s Dance
Mozart | Symphony No. 32 in G major, K. 318
JS Bach / Webern | A Musical Offering: Ricercare
Webern | Symphony, Op. 21
John Adams | Chamber Symphony

Orchestras come in all shapes and sizes. Sinfonietta presents an evening of rhythmic and adventurous music written for smaller chamber orchestras, ideally suited for the intimate space of Shed 6.

Live performance is key to bringing music to life, so some 20th-century composers wrote music for chamber orchestras to ensure their new and inventive works were performed.

The concert opens with Argentine tango composer Astor Piazzolla’s Sinfonietta. Piazzolla is considered the greatest tango composer and Sinfonietta captures his exquisite earthiness in all its glory.

Eve de Castro-Robinson’s Cyprian’s Dance, an exciting work for strings, was commissioned by the NZ Chamber Orchestra and first performed in 1995.

Lauded American composer John Adams’ virtuosic Chamber Symphony was inspired by Arnold Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony No. 1. The work’s third movement, Roadrunner, alludes to the music of the Roadrunner cartoons, which can be felt in the unbridled energy of the piece.

Anton Webern features twice, with his Symphony Op. 21 and the composer’s arrangement for chamber orchestra of the Ricercare from Bach’s A Musical Offering.

Start time

August 9, 2019 7:30PM

End time

August 9, 2019 9:30PM


Shed 6, Wellington