Shakespeare in Music, Auckland Town Hall, THE EDGE
Presented by New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
In association with RYMAN HEALTHCARE NZ

Shakespeare in Music

Friday 25 July, 7.00pm
Auckland Town Hall


The man that hath no music in himself / Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds / Is fit for treasons …

With this in mind, and marking his 450th birthday, we celebrate musical works that have been inspired by Shakespeare’s genius. Korngold’s Much Ado About Nothing Suite is a perfect demonstration of the lush melodies that made him such a popular film composer. And it was for a film version of Henry V that Walton composed his regal and resplendent score, while Mendelssohn’s incidental music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream overflows with musical magic.

Balancing these iridescent works is Strauss’s symphonic poem Macbeth. A declaration of his faith in modernism, the work is unashamedly dramatic. Led by the supreme musicianship of British conductor Alexander Shelley, this concert brings the Bard to life in a 'concord of sweet sounds'.

(with pre-concert talk 45 minutes prior to concert)

KORNGOLD Much Ado About Nothing Suite
MENDELSSOHN Incidental music from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
WALTON Henry V Suite
R. STRAUSS Macbeth

ALEXANDER SHELLEY conductor



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