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Auckland Youth Orchestra – LOVE – Free AYO Concert

Auckland Youth Orchestra Inc.

Auckland Youth Orchestra – LOVE – Free AYO Concert

8:00pm, Fri 25 June, 2021

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Auckland Youth Orchestra – LOVE

Experience the thrill of 75 talented young musicians (ages 16-26) performing together with energy, precision, and passion! Conductor, Antun Poljanich.
Prokofiev - Romeo & Juliet Suites 1 & 2 (selected movements)
Bernstein West Side Story Symphonic Dances

Verdi/Bassi Concert Fantasia for Clarinet on Motives from Verdi's Opera: "Rigoletto"

Romeo & Juliet, one of the world’s most famous love stories, is brought to life in music:

  • Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet ballet suites were written just before the outbreak of World War 2 – most listeners will recognise the dramatic opening music depicting the warring Montague & Capulet families;

  • Bernstein wrote West Side Story, his modern take on the Romeo & Juliet story, 20 years later.  It contains such well-known music as the songs “Somewhere”, “Maria”, and “America”.    The warring families of the Romeo & Juliet story are replaced with gangs - the Jets and the Sharks.  Modern dance replaces ballet. The story is a post-war urban drama and the musical score is rhythmic and dramatic.  Listen out for the musicians’ voices in “Mambo”!

150 years ago Luigi Bassi, the principal clarinetist of Milan’s famed La Scala opera house, composed this bravura work for clarinet and orchestra, based on themes from Verdi’s opera “Rigoletto”.  It’s a dazzling showpiece, designed to thrill audiences as it shows off the range and agility of the clarinet.

If this will be your first time attending a symphony concert, check out this link on concert etiquette http://www.ayo.org.nz/concert-etiquette/ – we want you to LOVE this experience! 

We are delighted you are planning to attend our concert.  If you find that any of your tickets will NOT be used after all, PLEASE contact ticketing@aucklandlive.co.nz with the ticket order number so that patrons on the waiting list will be able to attend the concert.  


Tickets will be valid until 10 minutes before the performance starts.