Wellington: Orchestra Wellington- ‘Daphnis and Chloe’


Saturday, 5 August 2017, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm


  • $20 for seats in the front two rows (limited visibility)
  • $40 for all other seats in the hall (if you have a vision support person attending with you, their entrance will be free)
  • $12 Community Services Card
  • $12 Tertiary student
  • $10 Child (if you have a vision support person attending with you, their entrance will be free)

To book tickets contact Margaret Myers at Orchestra Wellington – please explain that you are a client of the Blind Foundation and Margaret will be able to provide support with seat selection and ticketing.
Email margaretm@orchestrawellington.co.nz or telephone 04 801 7810.

*Please note – discounts cannot be provided for tickets purchased through Ticketek.


  • Robert Schumann:  Carnaval (orch. Ravel)
  • Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor. Stephen de Pledge, piano.
  • Maurice Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe. Orpheus Choir of Wellington.

When Diaghilev brought the Ballets Russes to London for their triumphant 1911 tour, Ravel’s orchestration of Schumann’s showpiece for piano was one of the works they presented. Arthur Applin, who saw those groundbreaking performances, wrote, “Hark to the music. Light as thistle- down, blown here and there, high and low by every little wanton wind. Music that makes sport of love and mocks passion, yet sets the blood dancing….”

We welcome Stephen de Pledge to play Schumann’s beloved piano concerto. Schumann once wrote of his desire to see a concerto where “the soloist, dominant at the keyboard, may unfold the wealth of his instrument and his art, while the orchestra, no longer a mere spectator, may interweave its manifold facets into the scene.” This concerto embodies his hope.

The Orpheus Choir joins us for another Diaghilev commission, Daphnis and Chloe. Ravel’s greatest orchestral work was conceived as “a vast musical fresco”. He deploys massive forces, including chorus, with utmost precision. Every glowing, evocative bar of it is a masterpiece.

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