Past Event2 Sep 2021

Symphonic Dances

No longer available

Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall

Classical music

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: Symphonic Dances, that was due to take place on Thursday 2 September, 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.

They thank you for your support and for sticking with them 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.


A new work from Dame Gillian Whitehead is something to look forward to, and it being a showpiece created especially for APO Concertmaster Andrew Beer is very exciting. As is the return of Gemma New, one of New Zealand’s most successful conductors.

Debussy’s delicious music of springtime has a curious history. The original score, a student work, was lost, and he had to have his colleague Henri Büsser reorchestrate it many years later.

The Symphonic Dances was Rachmaninov’s last piece. It’s an orchestral tour de force - darkly glittering, exhilarating, and above all permeated with the very soul of Russia, it’s a summation of his life and music.


Conductor: Gemma New
Violin: Andrew Beer

Debussy, (orch. Büsser) Printemps
Gillian Whitehead, New work (world premiere) 
Rachmaninov, Symphonic Dances

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