Get ready to celebrate a decade of performances with the Auckland Youth Orchestra in Whitianga!

Get ready to celebrate a decade of performances with the Auckland Youth Orchestra in Whitianga!

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A decade of tradition for the Auckland Youth Orchestra in Whitianga

Local classical music fans get ready for a performance not to be missed. Creative Mercury Bay have kept up a ten year tradition and secured a Whitianga concert for the Auckland Youth Orchestra this March.


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Auckland Youth Orchestra return to Whitianga

Creative Mercury Bay are pleased to be able to host the Auckland Youth Orchestra again in 2021, the tenth year the orchestra has visited.This year’s performance is likely to arouse the emotion of the concert goer in its portrayal of hope, especially after looking back at the last years events.

American, English, French and Russian composers make up the programme of performances this year. Some pieces will no doubt sound familiar and the audience is sure to enjoy the energy and exuberance of the youth performance.

Proposed programme

  • 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. This piece features soloist Jim Wu.
  • 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.

Creative Mercury Bay passionate about supporting local arts events.

The team at Creative Mercury Bay are passionate about the development and nurture of performing arts in our community. Although our region may be remote, their goal is to not only produce their own events, such as the recently successful Whiti Fest, but bring quality touring performing arts events to Whitianga. Local support is paramount for the community to continue enjoying events here rather than travelling to the big city centres.

Although there is some uncertainty, due to Covid Alert levels, whether the AYO can come to Whitianga or not, we still encourage people to support local events and purchase tickets as normal.

Anusha Bhana, Creative Mercury Bay Chair

Auckland Youth Orchestra

With over 70 years of experience, the Auckland Youth Orchestra is known as being the premier regional youth orchestra in New Zealand. It purpose is to ‘bridge the gap’ between school orchestras and adult professional groups.

Consisting of 75 musicians aged 16 to 26, the AYO performs and develops the skills of young musicians to help feed New Zealand’s national ensembles and orchestras. Cultivating an appreciation for the arts in youth is another important role it plays.

Tickets are on sale now in Whitianga from the Mercury Bay Pharmacy and can also be purchased online via Eventbrite. More information is on our events page link below - Auckland Youth Orchestra

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