Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO) regrets to advise that the upcoming Beethoven 250 events between 21 - 29 March will not go ahead as planned, owing to the critical COVID-19 situation and the Government’s new limits on mass public gatherings. This includes the Symphony Series concerts, Beethoven’s Birthday High Tea hospitality package and Ludwig Reflected, the free chamber music and speaker series.
They are however delighted to announce the APO will still be performing each of the Beethoven symphony concerts for audiences to enjoy via a livestream on the APO and RNZ Concert websites as well as a number of Facebook pages including APO, RNZ, Auckland Arts Festival, Auckland Live, The New Zealand Herald.
All four concerts will be livestreamed:
7.30pm, Saturday 21 March
Symphonies No.1, 2, 3
7.30pm, Tuesday 24 March
Symphonies No.4, 5
7.30pm, Thursday 26 March
Symphonies No.6, 7
5pm, Sunday 29 March
Symphonies No.8, 9
APO Chief Executive Barbara Glaser says, “After all the anticipation and preparation, it is very disappointing that the concerts will go ahead in the Great Hall without a live audience in attendance. But, through the magic of digital technology, we are thrilled that we will be able to share these amazing concerts with an enormous global audience, spreading the joy of music in these troubled and uncertain times.”
APO and/or Ticketmaster will be in contact with all ticketholders about these concerts within the next 48 hours. Any enquiries should be directed to [email protected]
The APO will continue to monitor the position regarding future concerts. As the landscape is shifting quite quickly, they will continue to communicate with their audiences, artists and stakeholders as changes occur. The latest updates will be posted on the APO website, the APO Facebook page and the APO Ticketing line voicemail.
“This is not a situation we could have foreseen, and we appreciate your support during this challenging time. We hope that you stay safe and well and we look forward to sharing our Beethoven performances with you and welcoming you back into the concert hall soon,” Glaser says.