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Pre-concert Talks

2017 Season

Our free pre-concert talks offer a fascinating insight into the music you are about to experience.

45 minutes before the start of each major concert in the Town Hall and Bruce Mason Centre our knowledgeable guest speakers offer you fascinating insights into the programme you are about to hear. This is your chance to discover more about the composers, music and musicians, and enrich your concert-going experience.

Join us in the Concert Chamber and let us set the scene for the concert to come.


Concert Date Speaker
New Zealand Herald Premier Series
Myth and Legends 16 February Ronan Tighe – APO Director of Artistic Planning
Scottish Symphony 2 March William Green – born in Christchurch and studied piano at the University of Canterbury, graduating MusB/MA. He now lives in Auckland where he works as a pianist, teacher, arranger, composer, musical director and radio presenter
The Sorcerer's Apprentice 30 March Kerry Stevens – had a forty-five year career in radio and TV, ending with fifteen years as executive producer for Radio New Zealand Concert in Auckland.  He studied piano and organ designed a number of organs and even built his own.
From Russia with Love 3 May Kevin Bishop – Chairman of The Auckland Town Hall Organ Trust. His academic background includes demography and educational psychology with masters studies in music and management.
Mountain King 1 June Robert Johnson – APO Music Librarian
Ibragimova Returns 20 July Michael Weiss – a doctoral student at the University of Auckland.  He has taught in a range of courses at the School of Music.  A great public speaker.
The New World 10 August Amber Read – APO Assistant Orchestra Manager
Defiance 24 August Robert Johnson – APO Music Librarian
German Masters 28 September Kerry Stevens
Prokofiev 5 19 October Alex Taylor – one of New Zealand’s leading young composers of orchestral and chamber music. He completed his Masters in Composition under the supervision of Dr Eve de Castro-Robinson and Associate Professor John Elmsly at Auckland University in 2011. Alex’s works have been featured in concerts in New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, America and Europe. 2016 recipient of The Arts Foundation’s New Generation Award.
Fire Music 2 November Alex Taylor
Heaven and Earth 16 November Ronan Tighe
Newstalk ZB Series
Pushing Boundaries 11 May Nancy November – a Senior Lecturer in musicology at the University of Auckland School of Music.  Her research and teaching interests centre on the music of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries:  aesthetics, analysis, and performance history and practices.  A Beethoven specialist.
Fallen Heroes 6 July Sam Girling – a doctoral student at the University of Auckland. He has taught in a range of courses at the school of music, and is an excellent public speaker. He is also a percussionist and timpanist and has performed with the APO a few times recently in some of their educational projects.
New Directions 5 October Robert Johnson
Bayley’s Great Classics Series
Hanslip Plays Mozart 23 February Sam Girling
Sound the Horn 18 May Amber Read
Baroque Voices 3 August Sam Girling
Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto 9 November Sam Girling
APO on the Shore - Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna
From Russia with Love 4 May Kevin Bishop
The New World 9 August Amber Read
Opera in Concert
Manon Lescaut 14 July Stuart Maunder - General Director of NZ Opera




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