The symphony concludes with a triumphant, rousing march. Officials regarded it as a celebration of Stalin’s regime, while the audience heard it as a coded protest of the ruling system and responded with a 30 minute standing ovation.

The New York Times wrote, 'The Music World is taking note of Nikolay Khozyainov’s stunning virtuosity and prodigious technique'. Twenty-five year-old Russian pianist Khozyainov was the youngest finalist in the International Chopin Piano Competition and has delighted audiences around the world with sold out recitals and concerto engagements. He joins the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (CSO) to perform Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

Bernard Herrmann created one of the most recognisable film scores of all time when he wrote the music for Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 movie, Psycho. Credited by Hitchcock as one of the factors that led to the success of the film, Herrmann’s music has also enjoyed enduring success in the concert hall.

The Chief Conductor will be Benjamin Northey.