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Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra


Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

  • Date: Thursday, 25 March 2021, 7:30pm
  • Venue: Auckland Town Hall (NZ) — Queen St, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
  • Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online

Event Details

Conductor Vincent Hardaker
Piano Michael Houstoun

Maria Grenfell Stealing Tutunui
Vaughan Williams Symphony No.5
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.3

The much-loved NZ pianist Michael Houstoun delayed his retirement in 2020 but he will be, in his words, ‘folding up the tent’ in December 2021. It’s bittersweet news, but there could be no more fitting way for the APO to farewell him than with Rachmaninov’s Third Concerto — a mighty concerto for a mighty musician.

Maria Grenfell’s tone poem recounts the Māori legend about a chief, his pet whale, and a duplicitous priest. Vaughan Williams’ serene Fifth Symphony was first heard during the Blitz. Though the audience was small in number, the music was spiritual refreshment at a time of strife.

(This concert has been rescheduled from its original February date.)

Featured non-Australian music: Rachmaninov, Vaughan Williams

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website

Featured Australian Works

Stealing Tutunui : for orchestra (2000) by Maria Grenfell
— performed by Vincent Hardaker and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

Featured artists

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