Auckland Youth Orchestra - Free Concerts

Auckland Town Hall

Auckland Youth Orchestra is presenting a series of free symphony concerts! 

Sunday 12 May 2019

  •      Li Huanzhi: Chinese Spring Festival Overture 
  •      Chen & He: Butterfly Lovers Concerto (Soloist: Gloria Tian) 
  •      Schumann: Symphony No.1 (Spring)

Soaring melodies and exciting rhythms will all be brought to life with fabulous youthful energy! Hear Gloria Tian (an 'Outstanding Performer' of the 2018 AYO Soloist Competition) perform a beautiful violin concerto rarely heard in NZ. Schumann's ever-popular Spring Symphony will delight.

Sunday 30 June 2019

  • Strauss: Horn Concerto No.1 Soloist: Henry Close 
  • Mouquet: La Flute de Pan Soloist: Jacob Webster 
  • Sibelius: Symphony No. 2

Sibelius' second symphony is his most popular and most-recorded symphony. It was bold and unconventional for its time and AYO is thrilled to have the opportunity to perform it here.

The two concerti are performed by AYO players: Jacob Webster won the 2018 AYO Soloist Competition performing Mouquet's work for flute with beauty and poignancy. Henry Close won an 'Outstanding Performance' award at the same competition with his elegant performance of Richard Strauss' first horn concerto, a work which reveals Strauss' love of the instrument.

Saturday 28 September 2019

  • Overture: To be confirmed 
  • Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2 Soloist: Kent Isomura 
  • Strauss: Don Juan

The revolutionary "Don Juan" demands the orchestra's musicians to perform at the extremes of their instruments' ranges. The music features dramatic flourishes and heart-rending melodies.

Rachmaninov's 2nd piano concerto is considered by many to be one of the greatest works of the piano repertoire. The music is rich, sonorous and passionate and contains a fiendish cadenza - hear Kent Isomura's spectacular performance. Some may be interested to know that the 1975 hit single "All by Myself" was based on the beautiful second movement of this concerto!

AYO is a full symphony orchestra comprised of 75 of Auckland's most talented young musicians (ages 14-24).  AYO toured to Germany and Slovenia last year, receiving standing ovations from capacity audiences at their six performances - don't miss this experience!

The expenses of this free concert are significant and donations will be gratefully received at the conclusion of the concert.

Contact details

Auckland Town Hall
Queen Street