NZSO to treat Invercargill

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra music director emeritus James Judd. Photo: Minguel Alonso

THE New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO)/Te Tira Puoro o Aotearoa comes to Invercargill next Thursday to perform an exciting selection of music inspired by the serenity of the countryside and the bustle of towns and cities.

The Town and Country tour would feature internationally acclaimed conductor and NZSO music director emeritus James Judd to present an enthralling mix of music by exceptional composers.

“I am so happy and feel very privileged to be back with you in New Zealand for this new Town and Country tour with the great musicians of the NZSO,” Judd said.

“We have chosen music from the two countries where I have lived with my family — the United Kingdom and the United States of America — and our favourite, New Zealand.

“The music on our programme will evoke vivid feelings of urban bustle and excitement, to serene countryside. Please come along to meet us, sit back, relax and enjoy this entertaining programme.”

Town and Country would open with Drysdale Overture by Douglas Lilburn, one of New Zealand’s greatest composers.

A paean to rural New Zealand, Lilburn wrote it while studying music in Britain under leading English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams.

English composer Frederick Delius’ dreamingly romantic Walk to the Paradise Garden, from his opera A Village Romeo and Juliet, and Malcolm Arnold’s charming and colourful English Dances, would complete the first half.

In the second half, New Zealand composer Maria Grenfell would celebrate urban life with her jubilant Fanfare for a City.

American composer Aaron Copland’s film score for Our Townwas a nostalgic vision of small-town life in New Hampshire.

Leonard Bernstein’s was based on material he composed for the musical On The Town, which evoked 1940s New York.

Town and Country was part of the NZSO’s Setting Up Camp tour, where the orchestra presented a series of concerts, community and educational events for up to three days in each town.

  • Town and Country, NZSO, Civic Theatre, Invercargill, Thursday, March 4, 7.30pm. Tickets via