'Out of the Shadows' features a variety of international composers, eras and musical styles spanning over 300 years plus international cello soloist, Lev Sivkov. This musical odyssey starts with Haydn's Overture 'L'isla Disabitata' (The Desert Island) - a tempestuous and dramatic piece quite unlike Haydn's usual elegant style.
'Remembering Parihaka' is a short work by contemporary New Zealand composer, Anthony Ritchie and is inspired by the 1881 invasion of the pacifist settlement at Parihaka Pa in Taranaki.
Kabalevsky's Cello Concerto No1 is the centrepeice of the concert. Joining us for this lovely piece is visiting cello soloist, Lev Sivkov. Based in Switzerland, Lev is active on the international stage and is a laureate of numerous competitions. In contrast, 'Ocho por Radio' by twentieth-century composer, Silvestre Revueltas,is a quirky, cheeky, unmistakably Mexican piece for a small orchestra. The concert ends with Saint-Saëns Symphony
No.2. This large-scale composition takes us from slow, dark themes, to a lighthearted, tumultuous and satisfying conclusion to the concert.