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New Horizons

The New Zealand Herald Premier Series

Conductor Hamish McKeich 
Violin Andrew Beer

Lilburn A Song of Islands 
Szymanowski Violin Concerto No.2 
Sibelius Symphony No.2

The concert opens with Lilburn’s A Song of Islands, being performed by the APO for the first time. Written by the New Zealand composer in 1946, it is said to portray the spirit of our country, the remoteness of our islands and the otherworldly ambience of our landscapes.

APO concertmaster Andrew Beer then steps into the spotlight for Szymanowski’s Second Violin Concerto. This is a bright, sunny work that will give Andrew plenty of opportunities to shine.

Rounding off the evening is Sibelius’s beautiful and life affirming Second Symphony, a favourite with audiences. This is warm and expansive music which ends in exultation.


Due to the impact of COVID-19 this concert has seen changes to soloists and repertoire. 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.

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