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Auckland Youth Orchestra

Whitianga Town Hall

Saturday 20th March 2021, 3pm

Tickets Onsale Tuesday 2nd March, 1pm


Creative Mercury Bay proudly presents the Auckland Youth Orchestra LIVE at the Whitianga Town Hall, Saturday 20 March, 7pm. 


Experience the thrill of 75 talented young musicians (ages 16-26) performing together with energy, precision and passion! 


The Auckland Youth Orchestra presents an exciting symphony concert series featuring music by American, English, French & Russian composers to evoke emotion and an expression of much needed hope, especially after the tumultuous global events of the past year. 


- Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland

- The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams, featuring soloist Jim Wu

- Pavane for the Dead Princess by Ravel 

- Symphonic Dances by Rachmaninov


The Concert Programme


Hear famous works written by American, English, French & Russian composers.


Less than three minutes long and written for brass and percussion, the Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland was written in response to America’s entry into WWII. It will be familiar to audiences, as the fanfare has inspired many compositions, from space shuttle missions to Superman movies.


It’s 100 years since The Lark Ascending, by Vaughan Wiliams, was first performed and it’s a perennial favourite! Written for solo violin and orchestra, the work derives its emotion and inspiration from an old, eponymous British poem. Its soaring melodies delight audiences and violinists alike.


Ten years before Vaughan Williams wrote The Lark Ascending, his mentor, Ravel, orchestrated his own masterpiece, Pavane for a Dead Princess. Just seven minutes long, it gently evokes the sort of slow, processional dance a princess might have danced in earlier times in the Spanish court.


Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky, orchestrated by Ravel, is one of the most brilliant showpieces in the orchestral repertoire, displaying the different sections of the orchestra (brass, strings, woodwind and percussion) in the most inventive and striking manner. It is also full of wonderful solos for the principal players.


Adults $25

Senior Citizen: $20

Youth (12 - 18yr): $15

Child (< 12yr): $5


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