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The Auckland Philharmonia


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25 years ago 19 musicians of the collapsed Symphonia founded a new orchestra that has now achieved regional icon status as the Auckland Philharmonia. Resident in Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, the orchestra performs more than 145 concerts a year, accompanies the national opera and ballet and international touring companies. The Auckland Philharmonia has performed with superstars like Placido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti, Nigel Kennedy, Diana Krall, The Manhattan Transfer, Meat Loaf and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, the orchestra’s Patron. The orchestra has a strong commitment to New Zealand music and is dedicated to contribute to the development of music education. With school concerts aligned with the curriculum and designed for all age brackets, specialised mentoring programmes, composer, conductor and young musician workshops and summer schools, a comprehensive programme works at all educational levels. The Auckland Philharmonia is supported by The Auckland Philharmonia Friends, Guild, and Foundation, a Board of Directors, Council of Advisors, Donors and more than 200 sponsors. The Auckland Philharmonia hosts the biennial Michael Hill International Violin Competition which is now calling for young violinist to compete in the third competition in 2005. Some Facts and Figures Creative New Zealand accounts for 21% of the Auckland Philharmonia’s income; a further 50% comes from box office and hire fees revenue, with the balance earned through the orchestra’s other commercial activities: sponsorship 17%, local bodies 4% and fundraising 8%. The orchestra has 68 core permanent players. It augments its playing strength by drawing from a pool of over 100 associate musicians. Average attendance at performances is 80-90%. The Auckland Philharmonia’s 2003 annual turnover was $6.2 million. In 2004 the orchestra gave 149 performances before audiences of over 400,000. 

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Friday, 11 January 2008
Classical 2:24PM
Classic romantics at mazda summer matinee

AUCKLAND —  A gourmet picnic, sharing good wine and going to a classical music concert are all romantic ways to celebrate St.