Past Event20 Aug 2020

Colourful Rhythms

No longer available

Auckland Town Hall

Classical music

In light of the recent updates on COVID-19, and Auckland remaining at Alert Level 3, the APO regret to announce that this week's concert – The New Zealand Herald Premier Series: Colourful Rhythms, due to take place on Thursday 20 August is cancelled.  All tickets booked via Ticketmaster will be refunded.

A statement from the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra:

As I am sure you can understand, the ongoing situation with COVID-19 is unpredictable and the APO would really appreciate your patience as they work through this challenging time. 

They hope that you stay safe and well and look forward to welcoming you back to the concert hall as soon as they can.

For ticketing enquiries please contact Ticketmaster or call 0800 111 999.


Due to the impact of COVID-19, these concerts do look a little different but it's the same great orchestra you know and love.


The APO present a feast of lively and evocative 20th century music from some of the period's best composers.

This concert was previously called Symphonic Dances and still features Barber's Violin Concerto, now performed by APO Associate Concertmaster Lui Yi Retallick.

The exciting new programme also features Kodály’s Dances of Galánta, Copland's El Salon Mexico and Stravinsky's powerful Symphony in Three Movements.

Existing tickets for this date are still valid. If you wish to attend and already have a ticket, there is no need to get in touch and we look forward to seeing you.


Conductor Giordano Bellincampi

Violin Liu Yi Retallick


Kodály Dances of Galánta

Barber Violin Concerto

Copland El Salon Mexico

Stravinsky Symphony in Three Movements


A feast of lively and evocative 20th century music from some of the period's best composers.

Kodály’s Dances of Galanta echoes the colourful gypsy folk culture and characteristic melodies he encountered in the small town where he spent much of his childhood. Then APO Associate Concertmaster Liu Yi Retallick takes centre stage to perform one of the loveliest works for the violin, the lyrical, autumnal concerto by Samuel Barber.

Copland’s El Salon Mexico will transport you to a colourful 1930’s dance hall in Mexico City with musical rhythms that reflect the spirit of the people there. And to finish a rare treasure from Stravinsky, dubbed his ‘war symphony’. A typically powerful work inspired by the events of WWII.

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