NZSO To Play And Livestream Two Special Concerts In July

June 30, 2020
Goldberg Variations

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is to stage two special Beethoven and Bach concerts in Wellington during July and Livestream each performance.

Diedre Irons. Photo credit: Debbie Rawson

The adversity of the recent lockdown and the Covid-19 procedures has moved the tectonic plates a little. Sometimes, that’s a good thing. As in the case of the NZSO’s two concerts in July, which will be performed with audiences as well as available to Livestream on your gadget of choice.

Pastoral on 8 July will showcase two of Beethoven’s greatest works – the Emperor Piano Concerto featuring legendary pianist Diedre Irons – and the composer’s glorious celebration of nature, the Sixth Symphony Pastoral. The Orchestra will be led by NZSO Principal Conductor in Residence Hamish McKeich.

On 22 July the NZSO performs Johann Sebastian Bach’s baroque masterpiece Goldberg Variations. The Orchestra toured Goldberg Variations to critical acclaim earlier this year. This will be its first performance in Wellington.

NZSO clarinettist Patrick Barry performs the Goldberg Variations. Photo: Lattitude Creative

Both concerts will also be live-streamed and free to view at

* Tickets to Pastoral will be at a special price of $30 or $20, and for Goldberg Variations $20 or $15 from











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