NZSO brings timeless music to Tauranga

NZSO Principal Conductor in Residence Hamish McKeich. Photo: Supplied.

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra celebrates Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary in 2020 with a "rare performance" in Tauranga on October 22. 

Led by NZSO Principal Conductor in Residence Hamish McKeich, the Orchestra will perform Beethoven’s exhilarating single-movement masterpiece Grosse Fuge.

The work, originally written for string quartet, was completed just two years before the composer’s death in 1827.

At the time it bewildered critics and its complexity continues to challenge musicians. However, it’s now considered a triumph and one of Beethoven’s finest works.

Twentieth Century music giant Igor Stravinsky described Grosse Fuge as “an absolutely contemporary piece of music that will be contemporary forever.”

The NZSO’s  string section will perform the highly regarded orchestration of Grosse Fuge by renowned Austrian conductor Felix Weingartner.

The Timeless in Association with Ryman Healthcare concert also features two extraordinary symphonies by two of Beethoven’s biggest influences – the Austrian giants Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Haydn’s Symphony No. 64 Tempora Mutantur (Times Change) is considered an exemplar of the Classical symphony from the acknowledged “father of the symphony”. 

Mozart’s passionate Symphony No. 40 is arguably the most popular of all the composer’s symphonies and one of the most recognisable pieces of Classical music ever written.

“It’s with great pleasure we at the NZSO can deliver these stunning works written around the period of Beethoven and his own masterpiece the ‘Great Fugue’, which, unbelievably, is not often heard in concert halls today,” says Maestro McKeich.

“Being able to bring these works to Tauranga is a privilege and we’re all greatly looking forward to it.”

Tickets for Timeless in Tauranga are available from

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