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Orchestra Wellington bringing Te Papa masterworks to life

Press Release – Orchestra Wellington
Te Papa’s art collection will be on display when Orchestra Wellington performs the third concert in its Epic 2019 season on Friday 2nd August.

Accompanied by stunning images from Te Papa’s collection including Dick Frizzell’s ‘The dancing chicken’ and Ernest Mervyn Taylor’s ‘Maui and Mahuika’, the orchestra will perform Mussorgsky’s masterpiece, Pictures at an Exhibition.

The piece follows a viewers promenade through a gallery taking in almost 30 paintings along the way, all of which are brought to life by music.

While Marc Taddei leads the orchestra, images of Te Papa’s own masterworks will be projected on a giant screen in a stunning multi-media display. The gorgeous colours in Ravel’s Pictures at an Exhibition have made it a showpiece for orchestras.

And if resurrecting masterworks from the past wasn’t enough, the orchestra is also collaborating with artist Simon Ingram to produce a new art work, live on stage.

Ingram has programmed a robot to create visual images in response to the orchestra’s playing of a brand new piece by composer, Alex Taylor.

Russian Lev Sivkov is performing Samuel Barber’s Cello Concerto. He was born into a musical family in Novosibirsk, Siberia. Sivkov is a winner of the Naumburg Competition in New York.

Orchestra Wellington with conductor Marc Taddei at the Michael Fowler Centre

Pictures at an Exhibition – Friday 2nd August, 7:30pm
Michael Fowler Centre
Marc Taddei, music director
Lev Sikov, cello

Debussy – L’Isle joyeuse
Alex Taylor & Simon Ingram – New work
Barber – Cello Concerto
Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition

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  1. Dave B, 14. July 2019, 15:28

    Just to clarify, Modest Mussorgsky composed “Pictures at an Exhibition” in 1874, as a work for piano only. Maurice Ravel produced a version for orchestra in 1922. Ravel’s orchestration is the version most commonly heard in concert halls today. However all the tunes from the original are still very much there.
    Good on Marc Taddei and Orchestra Wellington for taking their upcoming performance of this work to a new level by screening projections of artworks while they play. I’m looking forward to this.

  2. Neil Douglas, 14. July 2019, 17:20

    And let’s not forget Emerson Lake and Palmer’s progressive rock version. I think Palmer’s drum kit lone needed an articulated truck to transport it. Then again, I’m not too sure today’s youth could handle it or ‘classical’ Dave!