Wellington: Orchestra Wellington – ‘Invitation to the Dance’


Saturday, 9 September 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.


Maurice Ravel: Noble & Sentimental Dances.

Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 16 with Juan Liu playing the piano.

Carl Maria von Weber: Invitation to the Dance (arr. Belioz).

Maurice Ravel: La Valse.

This, another dance-centred programme, begins and ends with Ravel’s evolving ideas on the waltz. The first waltzes look backwards, modelled on Schubert’s delightful essays in the form. But Ravel’s later work La Valse reflects its postwar world: written for Diaghilev in 1919, it is danced on the edge of a precipice; the beautiful ballrooms of the Belle Epoque are only memories.

Berlioz’ Invitation to the Dance is a clever adaptation of Weber’s piano music, fleshing out a dialogue between a pair of dancers with a full range of orchestral voices.

Schumann, who we featured before, is an invisible presence here too: Grieg consciously modelled his piano concerto on Schumann’s. Like Schumann’s, it opens with a dramatic, descending flourish on the piano introducing a work that is by turns tender, romantic and playful. To perform it, we’re delighted to welcome Jian Liu, Head of Piano Studies at the NZSM and founding pianist of the world-class touring ensemble Te Koki Trio.

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