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First concerts since lockdown, for audiences of 100: Amalia Hall and Orchestra Wellington next month

Press Release – Orchestra Wellington
New Zealand’s leading international solo violinist is returning to St Andrew’s on the Terrace as soloist and director in an all Mozart series with Orchestra Wellington in June.

Amalia Hall is performing as soloist in Mozart violin concerti no. 3, 4 and 5, paired with symphonies 31 (‘Paris’), 38 (‘Prague’) and 36 (‘Linz’).

“We’re delighted to be able to perform for our Wellington audiences again,” says Orchestra Wellington’s General Manager, Kirsten Mason. “Our musicians are keen to re-connect with the community and we’re setting up safe ways to perform to people.”

“We can’t wait to bring people back to our concerts. To see Amalia as soloist and director will be a stunning experience for both our musicians and the audience.”

Hall, who combines her job as Orchestra Wellinton’s concertmaster with a glittering career as an international soloist, will perform some of Mozart’s sunniest music.

And in true classical style, she’ll also take the orchestra through three of Mozart’s symphonies, the Paris, Prague and Linz, leading from the first violin section.

Hall says she can’t wait to reconnect with Wellington audiences in a way that also connects the music with the way it was originally performed.

“Back in Mozart’s day, it was often the concertmaster, the leader of the first violins, who directed the ensemble, rather than a conductor. I’ll be using my bow and body language to cue different parts of the
orchestra, rather than using a baton,” Hall says.

“I’m so excited to reconnect with the Wellington audiences again, and to direct symphonies for the first time. It’s going to be a real chamber music experience for the orchestra and the audience; performed in the way in which the music was originally shared.“

“Mozart is one of my absolute favourite composers, so it will be a completely exhilarating to experience the journey through each concerto and explore the connections between them.”

Hall’s pre Covid-19 international engagements have been as a soloist in Uzbekistan, England, America, Argentina, Australia, Mexico, Germany and Italy.

Tickets are free (entry by koha) but numbers are strictly limited and tickets must be booked at orchestrawellington.co.nz.

These concerts will be recorded by our public broadcaster Radio NZ Concert.

Numbers at St Andrew’s on the Terrace will be limited to 100 people. This will be Orchestra Wellington’s first concerts since the pandemic lockdown.

Mozart, Amalia and Friends
St Andrew’s on the Terrace
Soloist Director-Amalia Hall, violin

**Saturday 6 June, 1pm & 3pm
Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5, Amalia Hall
Mozart Symphony No. 31 (Paris)

**Saturday 13 June, 1pm & Sunday 14 June, 3pm
Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4, Amalia Hall
Mozart Symphony No. 38 (Prague)

**Saturday 20 June, 3pm & 5pm
Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3, Amalia Hall
Mozart Symphony No. 36 (Linz)

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