A statement from the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra:
In light of the current COVID-19 Delta outbreak, and the ongoing restrictions on mass gatherings in Auckland, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra regret to announce that the performance of New Zealand Herald Premier Series: From the New World, that was due to take place on Thursday 16 September, has been cancelled.
The APO hope you can understand, the ongoing situation with COVID-19 is unpredictable and would really appreciate your patience as they work through this challenging time.
The Orchestra would like to thank you for your continued support, and hope to see you back in the concert hall soon.
Two American composers, Florence Price and Samuel Barber, are joined by a visitor. Dvořák was living in New York when he composed his Ninth Symphony. Just before giving the conductor the score, he hastily scrawled that evocative title on the front page.
Asked about the future of American music, Dvořák predicted it would spring from African and Native traditions. He would have loved this magisterial tone-poem by the pioneering African-American composer Florence Price.
Liu-Yi Retallick steps out from the orchestra to play Barber’s beautiful concerto, one of the very loveliest works for the violin.
Conductor: James Judd
Violin: Liu-Yi Retallick
Price, The Oak
Barber, Violin Concerto
Dvořák, Symphony No.9 From the New World