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THE AUCKLAND PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA JOINS THE WORLDWIDE CELEBRATIONS MARKING BEETHOVEN'S 250TH BIRTHDAY IN 2020 WITH A SERIES OF CONCERTS AND EVENTS.
Beethoven 250 will be a fantastic festival within the Festival. The centrepiece will be the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO) performing the complete cycle of nine Beethoven symphonies in four concerts over nine days, led by APO Music Director Maestro Giordano Bellincampi, culminating in a very special performance of the Ninth Symphony featuring New Zealand soloists Madeleine Pierard, Kristin Darragh, Amitai Pati and Teddy Tahu Rhodes.
In addition to the symphony cycle there will be a variety of exciting free and community events celebrating Beethoven’s legacy and connecting him to our city and our people. This includes Ludwig Reflected – a free chamber concert and speaker series featuring new Beethoven-inspired works by New Zealand composers and the chance to delve deeper into the fascinating life and times of Beethoven, a series of access and inclusion initiatives, and a community Big Play-In for musicians of all skill levels.
Nine Symphonies across Four Concerts:
Concert 1: The Classicist Symphony No.1, 2 & 3
7.30pm, Saturday 21 March
Concert 2: The Romantic Symphony No.4 & 5
7.30pm, Tuesday 24 March
Concert 3: The Revolutionary Symphony No.6 & 7
7.30pm, Thursday March 26
Concert 4: The Radical Symphony No.8 & 9
5pm, Sunday 29 March
Ludwig Reflected – Free Chamber Concert and Speaker Series
Featuring new commissions by four New Zealand composers: Gillian Whitehead, Chris Gendall, Alex Taylor and Celeste Oram, performed by APO Young Achievers.
These free events will be staged in the Auckland Town Hall Concert Chamber on Monday 23, Wednesday 25, and Friday 27 March.
Conductor Giordano Bellincampi
Soprano Madeleine Pierard
Mezzo Soprano Kristin Darragh
Tenor Amitai Pati
Baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes
With an ensemble of singers from the three national choirs
Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir
New Zealand Youth Choir
New Zealand Secondary Students' Choir