The Podium Series returns to the Auckland Town Hall and Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre with symphony and songs. Opening with Berlioz’s energetic Le Corsaire Overture, renowned tenor Simon O’Neill joins the Orchestra to perform a selection of works from two of the greatest romantic composers - Mahler and Richard Strauss.
We then move to the 20th century for Prokofiev’s victorious Symphony No. 5. Prokofiev himself described it as ‘a hymn to free and happy Man, to his mighty powers, his pure and noble spirit.’ Composed in the summer of 1944, each movement conveys a different mood before it reaches a victorious finale. An instant classic from its first performance, the themes and emotion of Prokofiev’s great symphony resonate as much today as when it was written.