by Kent Caddick
Selwyn classical music lovers will be in for a treat next year after the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra announced its Christchurch concerts will feature some of the biggest names in the genre.
The NZSO will bring internationally acclaimed pianists Joyce Yang and Louis Lortie and violinists Carolin Widmann and Jennifer Koh to Christchurch in 2019.
The four Christchurch concerts announced include guest conductors Dima Slobodeniouk from Russia and Asher Fisch from Israel.
NZSO music director, Edo de Waart, will present two concerts in his Masterworks series. The first in April will feature Elgar’s famous Enigma Variations with US-based Joyce Yang performing Brahms’ Piano Concerto No 1. His second Masterworks concert in November will include Schubert’s popular ‘Great’ C major symphony and Jennifer Koh, performing Finnish composer Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Violin Concerto.
Additional NZSO concerts for Christchurch in 2019 will be announced at a later date.
NZSO chief executive, Christopher Blake, says the soloists, the conductors and the music the orchestra will tour around the country in 2019 are outstanding.