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Illness Forces NZSO Pianist To Cancel Tour

Published: Tue 21 Aug 2001 11:57 AM
The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra has contracted Australian pianist Roger Woodward to replace Bruno Leonardo Gelber after Gelber's recent withdrawal from tour due to ill health. There will be no change of conductor though there will a change to one work only, Woodward will perform Prokofiev's third piano concerto in place of the Schumann piano concerto.
South American pianist, Bruno Leonardo Gelber was scheduled to perform with the NZSO in a North Island tour starting this week but, on the advice of his physician, has had to withdraw his engagement.
Roger Woodward is one of the foremost international musicians of our time. He has performed at the major international festivals and concert venues the world over as well as with all the major orchestras under such renowned conductors as Pierre Boulez, Lorin Maazel and Georg Tintner.
Woodward will perform with the NZSO in eight concerts in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Hawke's Bay and Palmerston North under guest conductor Yoel Levi.
The Great Classics programme to be performed on this tour will now be Berlioz's Béatrice et Bénédict Overture, Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No 3, Mozart's Divertimento in D Major and Symphony No 41 'Jupiter'. The Great Orchestra programme performed in Wellington and Auckland will remain unchanged.
PROGRAMME
Great Classics Concert Season 2001
The heart of Europe from Classical to Romantic.
AUG Saturday 25, 6.30pm, Michael Fowler Centre WELLINGTON
AUG Tuesday 28, 8pm, Regent on Broadway PALMERSTON N'TH*
AUG Wednesday 29, 8pm, Napier Municipal Theatre HAWKE'S BAY
AUG Thursday 30, 8pm, Founders Theatre HAMILTON
AUG Friday 31, 6.30pm, Auckland Town Hall AUCKLAND
Yoel Levi conductor
Roger Woodward piano
BERLIOZ Béatrice et Bénédict Overture
PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No 3
MOZART Divertimento in D Major
MOZART Symphony No 41 'Jupiter'
*PALMERSTON NORTH Pre-concert talk 7.15pm Regency Room 'Mozart 41'
Great Orchestra Concert Season 2001
The majestic sweep and unforgettable melodies of Brahms's big First
Piano
Concerto.
SEPT Saturday 1, 8pm, Auckland Town Hall AUCKLAND*
SEPT Saturday 8, 8pm, Michael Fowler Centre WELLINGTON*
Yoel Levi conductor
Roger Woodward piano
SIBELIUS Symphony No 1
BRAHMS Piano Concerto No 1
*WELLINGTON Pre-concert talk 7.15pm Ilott Concert Chamber
*AUCKLAND Pre-concert talk 7.15pm Concert Chamber

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