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Symphonic spectacular

Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma makes her New Zealand debut with Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 4.

Symphonic spectacular

Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 has been pitched as the perfect fit for rising star Simone Lamsma’s upcoming performance with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Known for its demanding passages, the concerto will show off Lamsma’s technical brilliance and expressive quality which has been described by critics as “graceful and exuberant”.

The Dutch violinist makes her New Zealand debut in August with four performances joined by renowned “superstar” conductor Edo de Waart.

What is promised to be an “epic” night has been broken into two parts. Mahler’s Ninth Symphony (described by Leonard Bernstein as “terrifying and paralysing”) conducted by de Waart; and Lamsma on violin playing Mozart.

Lamsma comes to New Zealand after the season debut with San Francisco and Chicago Symphonies and a tour of China with the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Last year she worked with de Waart performing Korngold’s Violin Concerto with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic.

The NZSO season opens in Wellington on August 8, Christchurch on August 12 Hamilton on August 14, and Auckland on August 15.

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