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The Crowd at last year's Summer MatinÃƒÂ©e CREDIT: Auckland Philharmonia
Evermore CREDIT: Auckland Philharmonia
A gourmet picnic, sharing good wine and going to a classical music concert are all romantic ways to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra combines all three at the Mazda Summer Matinée on Saturday 16th February – parking included!
“All we require of concert-goers is to turn up, pick up their picnic hamper filled with a gourmet lunch and Villa Maria Estate wine, find a spot in the sun or in the shade on the estate lawn and enjoy an afternoon of beautiful music,” says APO Chief Executive, Barbara Glaser. “This makes the Mazda Summer Matinée one of the most relaxing musical days out on the summer calendar – and tickets are a great Valentine’s Day gift!”
The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra will perform a range of popular classical pieces on an outdoor stage, conducted by Ken Young. The orchestra will be joined by acclaimed bass singer Conal Coad with a special appearance by award-winning rock band Evermore performing orchestrated versions of their hit songs. (Full programme details below.)
A picnic hamper, including lunch and two 187ml bottles of Villa Maria Estate wine, and parking is included in the $75 ticket price. Children’s hampers are also available for $25 and a bus will run from Philharmonia Hall on Dominion Road on the day, returning after the concert.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the matinée concert which is the orchestra’s main fundraiser for the year. The day includes a light-hearted Best Dressed Competition and raffle tickets will also be available for sale with prizes including a weekend trip to Melbourne to see the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and a weekend at Orongo Bay Homestead in the Bay of Islands with use of a brand new Mazda car.
Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra – Mazda Summer Matinée
12pm, Saturday 16 February 2008 (Gates open 11am)
Villa Maria Estate Auckland Winery, 118 Montgomerie Rd, Mangere
Tickets to the Mazda Summer Matinée are available now from the APO Ticket Office, Ph 09 623 1052, 427 Dominion Rd, Balmoral (9.30pm to 4pm) or you can purchase tickets online at www.apo.co.nz (note: online bookings will incur a $7 processing fee and tickets will be couriered).