Youth musicians play Berlioz

A combination of youth and talent will be on show in Warkworth this weekend.

Conductor Antun Poljanich will present Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique and John Wells’ latest organ concerto when the Auckland Youth Orchestra performs at the Warkworth Town Hall on Sunday, October 8.

The programme will also include Beethoven’s Egmont Overture.

Antun has been the orchestra’s musical director since 1999. He studied piano in Dubrovnik and conducting at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. Following post-graduate studies in Austria, he won a scholarship to attend a three-year master course in conducting at Leningrad’s Rimsky-Korsakov

Conservatory. He has worked with the Leningrad State Symphony Orchestra, the Veneto Philharmonia, the Slovene and Croatian National Orchestras, and other prominent orchestras in Russia and Europe.

He is also Head of the Music Faculty at St. Peter’s College in Newmarket, Auckland.

The Auckland Youth Orchestra was founded in 1948 and more than 2600 young adults from diverse cultural and social backgrounds have passed through its ranks and benefitted from expert training in orchestral playing. The orchestra draws its members from throughout the wider Auckland region, and most of them are university or secondary school students who have already developed a high level of proficiency on their instrument.

At the Warkworth performance, John Wells Organ Concerto No.2. will be played by organist Rebecca Lee. Rebecca was born in Korea and moved to New Zealand with her family about 10 years ago. She learnt piano and violin as a child, but became captivated by the sound of the organ in 2014 and is now studying the instrument at Auckland University.

The concert starts at 4pm. Tickets are cash or cheque only, available at the door, non-members $35, members $25, school students free.



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