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Opus Orchestra presents Matthias Balzat: Joie de Vivre

24 May

Experience Matthias Balzat's mastery in Vieuxtemps' "Cello Concerto No. 1", a highlight of a concert that also has music by Beethoven and Bizet.

Join us for a concert of spectacular virtuosity and emotion with Opus Orchestra’s Matthias Balzat: Joie de vivre!. Witness the return of young cellist Matthias Balzat to Aotearoa, a homegrown talent celebrated for his virtuosity and passion. From his early days in the cello section of Opus Orchestra to winning the prestigious National Concerto Competition and international acclaim, Balzat’s journey is a testament to his dedication and musical brilliance. Conducted by Opus Orchestra Music Director Peter Walls.

Egmont Overture                                                                  Beethoven
Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor Op. 46                           Henri Vieuxtemps
Interval (20 mins)
Allegro (III) from Sinfonia for Strings                              Douglas Lilburn
Symphony No. 1 in C major                                                Georges Bizet

Praise for Matthias Balzat:
“The music was in his body, his fingers and his brain as if it could be no other way. The cello seemed like an extension of his body and, for the first time any cares I had about the acoustic, the instrument, the work, the age of the player, or anything else, totally disappeared“ — Tony Ryan, Radio NZ

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Opus Orchestra


24 May
7.30pm - 9.30pm


Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Concert Chamber
Knighton Road

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