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Gary Daverne
Music Director Emeritus - Auckland Symphony Orchestra

2000 Reviews

Letters telling how the audience see our concerts.

10 May 2000
From Pamela Brown

Dear Sir

I would like to sincerely thank yourself and the orchestra for the wonderful programme last Sunday.

It is indeed a privilege to be able to be entertained by such a dynamic orchestra, and just by donation. It was so great it brought tears to my eyes; I have never heard music played by so many, nor so well.

Please pass on congratulations and thanks to the orchestra who gave up their time and worked so hard at entertaining the audience.
My heartfelt thanks.

Sincerely Pamela Brown


14 May 2000
From Rodney Michie

Dear Gary

Congratulations on your concert held today at the Bruce Mason Centre. It was most enjoyable. I am writing to particualrly compliemnt you on including "Autumn" from "The Seasons".

I guess a number in the audience would not have had an opportunity to enjoy music by Glazunov before. I know that you played the Overture he wrote for Borodin's Prince Igor, last year and I notice from your website that you have conducted the Saxophone Concerto previously. He has been treated as a Cinderella among composers for a long time and it is most pleasing to see the amount of his music being performed and recorded in recent years.
Keep up the good work.

Best Wishes

Rodney Michie

P.S. I bought the CD of your orchestral music released 10 years ago soon after it's release. I hope you can include something of your own in future concerts.

March 2000
Texas Creates Millennium Magic - USA
Contributed by Jane Christison

World class musicians, capacity audiences, electrical atmosphere and Gary Daverne combined to make the Texas Accordion Association Y2K Convention a show of pure Millennium Magic!

Conductor of the Auckland Symphony Orchestra, Gary Daverne directed the Convention Orchestra with the same conviction and respect he has used while directing some of the finest symphony orchestras in the world and the results were outstanding!

From the first rehearsal to the grand finale concert 48 hours later, Gary took some 50 musicians of all levels and backgrounds and transformed them into a world class act that brought the house down several times over. The concert included such pieces as the William Tell Overture, several of Daverne's popular arrangements as well as his own composition "Rhapsody for Accordion and Orchestra".

The annual convention was a festival of concerts, workshops, dealers displays and fun, which featured people from as far away as New Zealand, Norway and all across the United States.

Standing ovations were the norm for the array of world class artists who presented music ranging from the World Accordion Championships concert repertoire to Pop, Folk and Novelty, each style playing an important part in the diverse accordion repertoire.

Congratulations to the Texas Accordion Association for setting the standard for the Millennium!


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