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May 6, 2023 7:30PM • Douglas Lilburn Auditorium, Christchurch

Christchurch Symphony Orchestra | White Horses


Jessica Cottis Conductor
Benjamin Morrison Violin

Gemma Peacocke White Horses (Co-commission with APO)
Dvořák Violin Concerto
Brahms Symphony No 2

This concert shines the spotlight on two talented New Zealanders. Now Brooklyn-based Gemma Peacocke’s White Horses was inspired by the mystery of Viva Waud Farmar, WWI nurse and one of Aotearoa’s first female pilots.

Christchurch-born violinist Benjamin Morrison is the only New Zealander to win a seat in the Vienna Philharmonic, and he returns to dazzle hometown audiences with Dvořák’s virtuosic Violin Concerto.

Brahms’ second symphony is often described as a cheerful ‘pastoral,’ but also features stormy moments, and is best experienced live for the full rush of symphonic waves. Brahms spoke candidly about the challenges of being a young German composer writing symphonies in Beethoven’s shadow, but his four symphonies have become beloved staples of the Romantic orchestral repertoire.

Start time

May 6, 2023 7:30PM


Douglas Lilburn Auditorium, Christchurch