Marc Taddei, Conductor
Music director, Orchestra Wellington
Music Director, Vallejo Symphony Orchestra
A New Zealand First
Innovative Conductor Marc Taddei has championed New Zealand’s very first 360 degrees recording of a classical concert. A collaboration between Orchestra Wellington and Radio New Zealand, this virtual reality/360 degree technology allows you to hear the last movement of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony while interactively watching the performance from the perspective of the orchestra on stage. It’s the first time this cutting-edge technology has been used in New Zealand, and one of the first examples world-wide. If you’ve never experienced 360 degree technology before, you owe it to yourself to have a look!
Ticket Sales through the roof
Orchestra Wellington learned this week their ticket sales for 2016 have surpassed those for the whole of 2015 - with five more subscription concerts yet to perform! Those who have followed the progress of Orchestra Wellington’s innovative subscription pricing strategy, will know that in short order a) subscriptions skyrocketed, b) income increased through walk-up sales, and c) new audiences were created by the passing on of coveted subscription seats among friends. This year the orchestra went one step further. They launched the season listing only concert dates and no concert information, then raised subscription prices with each succeeding release of concert details. The results speak for themselves: ticket sales surpassing by mid-year the whole of last year’s sales. There is more detail about Orchestra Wellington’s successes on Marc’s website blog.
Congratulations to Marc Taddei
On 30 March 2016 he was appointed
to his first American Orchestra,
Music Director of the
Vallejo Symphony Orchestra
After 15 years of successful music directorships in New Zealand and a substantial career in Australasia, this appointment signals a return to the land of Marc's birth.
The 85-year-old Vallejo Symphony is California's seventh oldest orchestra and is located in the city of Vallejo, near San Francisco. Marc's first appearance with the Vallejo Symphony was in January of this year, and his first engagement as music director will be in October.
Marc continues his association with Orchestra Wellington and will be based now in both countries.
"There was a shouting and standing ovation at the end, that went on and on. It’s hard to imagine a more magnificent climax to what must have been, in every way, one of the orchestra’s most successful years. Marc Taddei has again proved to be a marvellous gift to Wellington’s musical culture."
Lindis Taylor, Middle C
"...an evening of fantastic music and an astonishing level of achievement.
“This was a sensational performance… the orchestra was magnificent.
“Marc Taddei conducted with tremendous authority – who will ever forget the sheer impact of the opening of the Fifth Door, with full orchestra and organ?”
JOHN BUTTON, Dominion Post
"(Bouquet for Marc Taddei) whose energy, exuberance, drive and vision proved beyond all doubt that music is an essential feature of daily life in a 21st century city."
- The Christchurch Press
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