Wednesday 26th June

Breaking new frontiers

Celebrating 100 years since the birth of Sir Edmund Hillary, the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra will be performing the world premiere of Gareth Farr’s brand new symphony in Lamb & Hayward Masterworks: Spirit of Adventure

The symphony was commissioned by the Hillary Centenary Steering Committee with support from Creative New Zealand to mark the centenary of Sir Edmund’s birth. Titled Roar of A Thousand Tigers, it takes its name from fellow mountaineer Tenzing Norgay’s description of the winds buffeting the summit of Mount Everest. Using the orchestra and percussion instruments drawn from the cultures that converge on the slopes of the Himalayas, Farr recreates the harsh, arid, sometimes bleak landscapes of the region. 

We’re delighted to welcome Russian cellist Lev Sivkov to join us in performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E Minor. Currently the Principal Cello of  Opernhaus in Zürich, Switzerland, Lev said he was very much looking forward to joining the CSO on stage.  “This will be my first visit to New Zealand. I am very much looking forward to it. It will be a pleasure for me to play with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra,” he said. 

“I enjoy the noble sentiments and grandeur [of the Elgar Cello Concerto] and the complementarity … between deep nostalgia and moments of playful lightness.

“Apparently Elgar said, ‘When I am gone, if you hear someone up in the hills whistling the tune in the first movement, that will be me!’ So after the introductory chords, listen for the violas playing this meandering, lilting melody, and the solo cello taking it up and developing it. In the second movement, notice the light, virtuoso bowing style. The third movement is a kind of prayer, a farewell. Then listen at the beginning of the last movement for the return of the concerto's majestic opening chords.” 

Lamb & Hayward Masterworks: Spirit of Adventure
Saturday 27th July, 7.30pm
Christchurch Town Hall

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