Past Event15 Jun 2023

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Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall

Classical music

The Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho is particularly fond of the flute, and in her 2001 concerto Aile du Songe the soloist is like ‘a lone, high flying bird whose shadow forms different images’. Outstanding flautist Camilla Hoitenga is synonymous with the piece having performed the world premiere. Hoitenga has enjoyed a long association and close working relationship with Saariaho, who unfortunately passed away on 2 June 2023. APO dedicates the performance to Kaija Saariaho’s memory and the wonderful sound world she created.

Copland’s meditative Quiet City, and especially his evergreen Appalachian Spring, are hymns to an America of open air, small towns, wide horizons.

Ravel’s fairytale ballet is a seamless flow of enchantment, finishing with a rapturous vision of a magical garden.

*Please Note: Camilla Hoitenga replaces the previously announced soloist Ana de la Vega who is no longer able to perform due to personal reasons.

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