Past Event26 Sep 2021

Free Organ Concert Series: Organ, Orchestra, Opera

No longer available

Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall


Due to the move to Covid-19 Alert Level 4 in Auckland, we are unable to proceed with the Organ Trust concert with Auckland Youth Orchestra on Sunday 26 September at the Auckland Town Hall, and this performance has been cancelled.

Your tickets will be cancelled automatically, there is nothing to do on your part. 

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St Patrick and St Joseph's director of music, Nicholas Forbes, will join the Auckland Youth Orchestra to present a special free concert that brings together organ, orchestra, and opera. 

Come and experience the magnificent Town Hall Organ – hear and feel it rumble! – while 75 talented young musicians (ages 16-26) perform together with energy, precision, and passion! 


Gigout, Grand Choeur Dialogué 
The programme opens with this short work, written for the uncommon instrumentation of organ in ‘dialogue’ with a brass ensemble. The majestic style of the theme is bright and rhythmic, and the dialogue steadily intensifies throughout, displaying many of the exciting contrasts available in the Town Hall’s splendid pipe organ.    

Mozart, Overture, and five selected arias from The Magic Flute 
This well-loved opera was premiered just two months before Mozart’s death; it was an instant hit and was the greatest operatic success of his career.  The overture is considered by many to be his greatest and the opera itself contains some of the most exquisite arias Mozart ever wrote. 

Saint-SaënsSymphony No.3 "Organ Symphony" 
Premiered in London 135 years ago, this symphony was immediately popular and is considered to be a staple work in the orchestral repertoire. Listeners will quickly recognise its most well-known theme in the Finale – it featured in the 1995 movie Babe, and in Keeley and Fitzgerald’s 1977 hit record “If I Had Words”. 

Conductor: Antun Poljanich 

Soloists: Nicholas Forbes (organ), Tayla Alexander (soprano), Christina Ellison (soprano), Sid Chand (tenor) 

This concert is proudly supported by the following organisations: 
Auckland Live 
Lodge of the Liberal Arts No.500 
Perpetual Guardian 
Tayla Made Foundation 
Waitematā Local Board 

Auckland Town Hall Organ Concerts

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