Past Event5 May 2022

Tall Tales

No longer available

Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall

Classical music

A concert of storytelling. Kodály’s operetta concerns the heroic adventures of a Hungarian peasant… and if Háry János perhaps exaggerates a bit (did he really capture Napoleon single-handedly?) then what’s wrong with that?

Central to the piece is the sound of the cimbalom, the Hungarian zither. It’s a notoriously difficult instrument and Jenő Lisztes’ virtuosity is totally breathtaking.

Inspired by the Tales of the 1001 Nights, John Adams riffed on Rimsky- Korsakov in a ‘dramatic symphony' for violin and orchestra about ‘a Scheherazade in our own time’, ending with ‘escape, flight, and sanctuary’ from the barbaric men subjugating her. 

Subscriptions on sale now until Mon 22 November, individual tickets sales available from 20 January 2022.


Pre-concert talk 6.45pm


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Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra 2022

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