Orchestra Wellington: Firebird


Saturday, 13 May 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.


  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C major.
  • John Elmsly: Violin Concerto (new commission) with Jun Hong Loh, violin.
  • Igor Stravinsky: The Firebird.

In this concert we’ll hear two geniuses announce themselves to the world!  Beethoven’s first symphony shows he had already mastered the symphonic form and even hints at how he would one day revolutionise it.

Then we have the young Stravinsky, one of the greatest composers to be launched into worldwide fame by the impresario Diaghilev. Stravinsky’s first big commission for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes signalled the birth of a revolutionary talent. Diaghilev matched Stravinsky up with a high-powered creative team to produce The Firebird: Stravinsky’s imaginative use of the orchestra matched the vivid colours of Bakst’s costumes and Golovine’s scenery, while his exciting rhythms were the perfect complement for the genius of Fokine’s bold, free choreography.

Orchestra Wellington are impresarios ourselves for this concert, bringing together well-known New Zealand composer John Elmsly and exciting young violinist, Jun Hong Loh (Gisborne International Music Competition winner), for a new piece we have commissioned.

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