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: Mahler 5, that was due to take place on Thursday 18 November, has been cancelled.
The APO is devastated about the need to cancel all remaining Town Hall concerts this year, but are looking forward to a fresh start in 2022.
We thank you for your support and for sticking with us during these extremely challenging times.
All tickets will be refunded automatically, there is nothing to do on your part. Please allow 10 – 14 working days for your refund to be processed. If your tickets were purchased from a Ticketmaster outlet, you will need to contact the Customer Service Team at Ticketmaster here and follow the instructions.
The excerpts from two of Wagner’s operas show him at very different stages of his musical life. Rienzi marked his first public success and the overture is thrilling and audacious, but when we reach the ecstasy of Tristan und Isolde, we witness an artist at the full height of his powers.
We have a similar experience of genius realised in Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, whose second half centres around the famous Adagietto, a blissful love song to the composer's wife. This huge piece encompasses an enormous range, starting with a magnificently despairing funeral march and a turbulent scherzo before switching mood entirely and ending with uncontained jubilation.
Conductor: Giordano Bellincampi
Wagner, Rienzi Overture
Wagner, Tristan und Isolde, Prelude and Liebestod
Mahler, Symphony No.5