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Sunday
May072017

Auckland Youth Orchestra

The Thames Music Group excelled itself today with a wonderful concert in St Georges by the 80 player Auckland Youth Orchestra - back here for the first time since 1998.

The 100 or so who attended were entertained to a varied programme including the Tchaikovsky's  Romeo & Juliet Overture, and Stravinski's Firebird Suite. This was accompanied by a most accomplished oboe solo by Noel Rudd. Music Director Antun Poljanich conducted with amazing flair demonstrating his strong attachment to the Leningrad tradition, where he trained. 

It was a shame that more were not informed about the concert - for the umpteenth time the HH failed to publish provided editorial to publicise the concert even though the Group paid for advertising. The Informer showed its superior commitment to local events by giving full page publicity to yesterday's concert in Whitianga. We certainly need a similar 'journal of record' in this town, but sadly, while Fairfax retains control, that is unlikely to happen.

The refusal of the Commerce Commission to allow the Fairfax merger last week will hopefully bring about some major changes that may allow a local owner to emerge as in Whitianga with the Informer. 

Here is a photo of the performance by Peter Kampenhout (thanks Peter!)

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