6 Nov 2010

Vienna concert 'huge privilege' for NZSO

10:50 am on 6 November 2010

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra performs this weekend in one of the world's legendary concert halls, the Musikverein in Vienna.

The orchestra's principal timpanist, Laurence Reese, says the Musikverein is considered among the finest and most acoustically-perfect venues ever built and to be able to perform there is the classical music equivalent of playing at Wimbledon or Lords.

The NZSO will play Aotearoa by New Zealand composer Douglas Lilburn to a sold-out audience.

Also on the programme are Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony and the Sibelius Violin Concerto, performed by Hilary Hahn.

NZSO Chief Executive Peter Walls says it is a huge privilege to be invited to play in Vienna, and the concert on Saturday represents the highwater mark of the orchestra's biggest ever international tour.