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7:30 pm Saturday 26 July: Lexus Song Quest

Lexus Finalists

The Lexus Song Quest has discovered some of the great singers of today. Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Dame Malvina Major, Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Jonathan Lemalu – they are all previous Lexus Song Quest winners who now grace the opera stages of the world.

Tonight, six young singers compete for the 2014 title: Isabella Moore (soprano), Bianca Andrew (mezzo), Oliver Sewell (tenor), Edward Laurenson, Christian Thurston and Benson Wilson (baritones) all perform before the judge, visiting English soprano Kathryn Harries. They're accompanied by Terence Dennis at the piano, and the NZSO with conductor Emmanuel Joel-Hornak.

The evening begins with a selection of lieder and art song accompanied on the piano and in the second half the competitors sing their chosen arias with the orchestra.

See more information about the contest on our Lexus Song Quest webpage.

It will be broadcast live on Radio New Zealand Concert, direct from the Auckland Town Hall

8:00 pm Thursday 31 July: John Corigliano

John CoriglianoTonight’s Auckland Philharmonia concert opens with Wagner’s famous overture from Die Meistersinger, followed by American composer John Corigliano’s melodic The Red Violin Concerto which was composed using themes from the music for the film of the same name.  The concerto, known for its virtuosic writing, is performed by acclaimed British soloist Chloë Hanslip.

Corigliano says The Red Violin gave him an opportunity to visit his own past, for his father, John Corigliano  was a great solo violinist and the concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic for more than a quarter of a century.  “My childhood years were punctuated by snatches of the great concertos being practiced by my father. It is no wonder that the concerto form, and the violin concerto in particular, has a deep place in my heart. I have written a half-dozen concerti, but this is my first one for my first love, the violin.

“It is an “in the great tradition” kind of concerto, because I wrote it in an attempt to write the piece my father would love to play. Because he inspired it, it is dedicated to his memory. The story of The Red Violin is perfect for a lover of the repertoire and the instrument. It spans three centuries in the life of a magnificent but haunted violin in its travels through time and space.”

Tonight’s concert concludes with Stravinsky’s beloved ballet Petrushka which uses vivid orchestral colours to tell the miraculous story of a puppet that comes to life.

Chloë Hanslip (vln), Auckland Philharmonia/Eckehard Stier

WAGNER: The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, Prelude; CORIGLIANO: Violin Concerto, The Red Violin; STRAVINSKY: Petrushka (recorded in Auckland Town Hall by RNZ)

This concert was recorded live in  the Auckland Town Hall by Radio New Zealand