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Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO) has announced an artist change to The New Zealand Herald Premier Series: Cityscapes, taking place on Thursday 5 March at Auckland Town Hall.

Maestro Carlos Miguel Prieto will join the APO to conduct the concert, featuring a programme of Jennifer Higdon’s City Scape: river sings a song to trees, Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp, and Vaughan Williams’ A London Symphony.

Prieto is an APO favourite, having conducted the orchestra previously in 2014, 2016 and 2018. He will also conduct the orchestra’s Great Classics: Love Stories concert in August this year.

Prieto replaces the previously advertised Robert Spano as conductor for this concert, who has had to travel back to the US for a family emergency. APO wishes him well and looks forwarding to hosting him in Auckland in future.

About Carlos Miguel Prieto

Carlos Miguel Prieto’s charismatic conducting is characterised by its dynamism and expressivity. A highly influential cultural leader, Prieto is recognised as the foremost Mexican conductor of his generation. He has been Music Director of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, the country’s most important orchestra, since 2007. Prieto has also been Music Director of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra since 2006, where he led the cultural renewal of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. In 2008 he was appointed Music Director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería, a hand-picked orchestra performing annual summer series across Mexico City.

Recent highlights include his debuts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Washington, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Los Angeles New Music Group and his returns to the NDR Elbphilharmonie, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, the Hallé, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Strasbourg Philharmonic and the Auckland Philharmonia. He is in great demand as a guest conductor with many of the top North American orchestra including Cleveland, Dallas, Toronto and Houston Symphony orchestras and has enjoyed a particularly close and successful relationship with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Celebrated for his commitment to new music, Prieto has conducted over 100 world premieres by Mexican and North American composers, many of which he commissioned himself. He is also renowned for championing classical music by

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