Reviews 1991 - 1999
November 28 1999
The Auckland Symphony Orchestra's Free Family Concert held on Sunday evening 28 November 1999 at the Auckland Town Hall was very enjoyable in its variety and execution. A programme of music from Dvorak's Symphony No.8 to music from the film Forrest Gump.
The concert started with a lively rendition of the Zampa Overture by Ferd. Herold which came across to the audience, more as an encore than an overture.
Graham Wardrop, a highly acclaimed Christchurch guitarist performed Cavatina by Stanley Myers and Classical Gas by Mason Williams. Both these pieces were a real treat to listen to, and provided a richness of sound in a unique performance which had the audience enthralled.
The 80 member orchestra, conducted by Gary Daverne, played superbly to an appreciative audience. Other highlights included on the programme was a premier performance of 'Caprice for Orchestra' composed by conductor and an arrangement of "Chess", by Phil Hickman, a former orchestra member.
By finishing off with "A Duke Ellington Suite", the audience left tapping their feet and humming the well known Ellington tunes.
Once again, a very enjoyable performance from the Auckland Symphony Orchestra.
|The Managing Director
Lewis Eady Limited
PO Box 99-801
May I congratulate you for sponsoring the free concert at the Auckland Town Hall on December 11, by the Auckland Symphony Orchestra.
It was a memorable experience for me to see and hear so many of Auckland's youth, thoroughly trained and singing with evident enjoyment, the well-known Christmas carols. I am sure it was an experience they will long remember also.
I had not previously heard the A.S.O. before, although I regularly attend orchestral concerts in the city and our party enjoyed their playing greatly. What a superb conductor Gary Daverne is, for both choir and orchestra.
Thank you for a lovely "warm-up' for Christmas and I wish you the compliments of the season.
|Concert held Sunday,
early evening, (29 November 1998) at the Auckland Town Hall with the Auckland
Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gary Daverne, ONZM, was once again an outstanding
success and very rewarding.
Usually these concerts start at 2.30 pm but due to the Santa Parade, the starting time was delayed till 6.30pm. This did not appear to affect the attendance as a near capacity audience of about 1400 people turned up, to hear this popular orchestra.
The theme for this concert was music by popular Russian composers and included:
The family audience was warm and appreciative, especially towards the visiting guest conductor and saxophone soloist, Norbert Nozy, from Belgium. He performed the Glazounov Saxophone Concerto. His style, tone and technique, were stunning. His encore - Czardas by Monti, received a standing ovation with choruses of "bravo".
Norbert Nozy, has since 1985, been the director of the Royal Symphonic Band of the Belgian Guides. Together they have recorded in excess of forty CDs.
Mr Nozy also conducted two works, Night on a Bare Mountain and Marche Slave with strong direction and interruption. The orchestra responded as required, giving a fine performance.
Gary Daverne and the Auckland Symphony Orchestra must be congratulated for bringing such fine overseas talent, to Auckland audiences.
A second encore was played by the orchestra, the love theme from the film, Titanic. Hardly Russian, but never the less, thoroughly enjoyed by the audience. A good early Sunday evening's entertainment, was had by all. And it certainly showed, both with audience and orchestra.
|The Free Family Festival
Concert held last Sunday afternoon (2 August 1998) at the Aotea Centre with
the Auckland Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gary Daverne, ONZM, was once
again an outstanding success in every way. The Centre was filled with a
capacity family audience of over 2000 people. As this concert was associated
with the Youth Festival, there were many young people in the audience.
The 80+ member community orchestra, once again played superbly under the dynamic conductorship of Gary Daverne, to a warm, responsive and enthusiastic audience.
The programme was comprised of festive music, includifesng:
|Academic Festival Overture||Brahms|
|Music from the Royal Fireworks||Handel|
|The Peanut Polka||Robert Farnon|
|Amparito Roca||Jaime Texidor|
|Entry of the Gladiators||Julius Fucik|
|Taiwanese Folk Song||Tung Yu-Shen|
The real show stealers on the day were the two dance groups.
Firstly, the 24 young girls from the Dianne Wallace School of Dance, who square danced to the Pops Hoe-Down and then the 18 Irish dancers from the Connolly School of Irish Dancing, who tapped their way to exhaustion, to the Lord of the Dance.
Truly a wonderful afternoon's entertainment.
|The Auckland Symphony
Orchestra's Free Family Concert held Sunday afternoon 17 May 1998 at the
Auckland Town Hall was an outstanding success in every way.
Richard Liu, a brilliant young Taiwanese pianist performed the 1st movement of the popular, Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 with style and flare. The other soloist, James Tibbles was dynamic on the Town Hall organ, in the Saint Sa?s Organ Symphony.
The 75 member orchestra, conducted by their regular conductor, Gary Daverne, once again played superbly to a more than capacity audience, of 1600 people, with people sitting behind the orchestra on the choir rises in front of the organ.
The family audience was warm, responsive and enthusiastic.
Unfortunately, hundreds of people were turned away, as the hall was full to capacity, 15 minutes before starting time.
A tribute was made to Frank Sinatra, with the orchestra playing New York, New York.
Other works on the programme included:
|London Suite||Eric Coates|
|Spartacus (Onedin Line)||Khachaturian|
|'Sunset Boulevard' Selections||Lloyd Webber|
|'A Billy Joel Song' Selection.|
Written by: Elise A Sulaiman
East Anglia's own concert in the park lived up to its classic and spectacular
billing on Saturday, with a well-orchestrated treat for the thousands
who turned up. Orchestrelle '95 in Christchurch Park, Ipswich, was blessed
with good weather which allowed for an impressive fireworks display to
light up the town sky.
Written by: Author unknown
JINGLES (not the Christmas bell type) have the irk-some habit of going
around in your head, imposing themselves on your thought processes and
driving you mad. That's a measure of their success, as anyone from an
adverising agency will tell you. But not many jingles include, in their
life cycle, a stint with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra under the
baton of William Southgate or John Hopkins. Listen carefully to a CD the
NZSO has made of music by Auckland composer Gary Daverne. There, in his
Concert Overture - Youth of Auckland, is the tune from a British
Airways television commercial that screened in the early 1980s
Written by: Rex Fisher
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