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Messages to Mozart

The New Zealand Herald Premier Series

This concert will be livestreamed from the APO Facebook page and Website.

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions this concert will not go ahead as planned

If you have purchased tickets to this event you should have received notification from APO Ticketing regarding the cancellation. If you bought your ticket through Ticketmaster they will contact you directly. Please fill out our Ticketing Resolution Form to let us know how you would like us to proceed. Any other ticketing enquiries should be directed to [email protected].


Director Andrew Beer
Piano Stephen De Pledge

Ibert Hommage à Mozart
Mozart Piano Concerto No.23
Valentin Silvestrov The Messenger-1996
Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings

Not just popular with audiences Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has inspired composers through the ages. Ibert’s Hommage à Mozart was written in 1956 to celebrate Mozart’s 200th birthday. It is a bright, cheerful and very French-sounding tribute.

Stephen De Pledge performs one of Mozart’s finest piano concertos. Only Mozart could write music of such profound depth under such a supremely graceful surface.

The Messenger-1996 is a beautifully wistful piece, scored for piano, strings and a synthesiser, that echoes with Mozartian phrases. To close, Tchaikovsky’s charming and melodic Serenade for Strings - a nod towards one of his idols. The first movement, written in the form of a sonatina, was an intentional imitation of Mozart’s style.   


Due to the impact of COVID-19 this concert has been renamed with changes to soloists and repertoire (replacing the concert previously advertised on Thursday 24th September). Andrew Beer will direct the orchestra, pianist Stephen De Pledge replaces Haochen Zhang. Existing tickets for this concerts are still valid. If you wish to attend and already have a ticket there is no need to get in touch and we look forward to seeing you.

If you are an APO subscriber and unable to make this concert we cannot offer refunds, however we will exchange your tickets for another concert or keep your funds on your account as credit. You can use this credit to make a booking until 31 March 2021. Please use the link below to register changes to your subscription.

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