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Auckland Youth Orchestra

Whitianga Town Hall

04 May 2019

Li Huanzhi   Chinese Spring Festival Overture

Chen & He    Butterfly Lovers Concerto  Soloist:  Gloria 

TianSchumann   Symphony No.1 (Spring)


The Concert Programme

AYO’s concert programme includes two famous works by contemporary Chinese composers, which are rarely heard in NZ: The Chinese Spring Festival Overture is buoyant from the beginning with energetic dance rhythms reminiscent of Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances.  Dynamic use of percussion adds plenty of colour to this exciting, short overture. 


The Butterfly Lovers Concerto, performed by violinist Gloria Tian, is written with traditional Western tonal harmonies, but employs some Chinese techniques which result in a ‘Chinese sound’.  The composers were inspired by a romantic folk tale and the music reveals lively dance music, languorous melodies and delicate solo work.


Schumann’s ever-popular “Spring” Symphony was written in the depths of winter in 1841 when the composer felt a sudden urge of longing for spring!  It is an optimistic work, opening with a glorious brass fanfare followed by gentle evening moods and sprightly dances.


About Gloria Tian


New Zealand-born violinist Gloria Tian has just completed her Bachelor of Music, majoring in Classical Performance at the University of Auckland. She has been under the tutelage of Andrew Beer (concertmaster of the APO), and is working towards her postgraduate honours this year.


Gloria has been part of AYO since 2015, and assistant/associate concertmaster since 2016. She has won a number of solo, chamber, and orchestra competitions, being awarded major prizes in recognition of her competence.


Aside from classical performance, Gloria has played in the Auckland season of Evita the Musical; she was also invited to play with English-American rock band, 'Foreigner' as part of their Australian tour, and has been featured in the filming of music videos for an Indian Pop artist.


About AYO


The Auckland Youth Orchestra, which last year celebrated its 70th year, is the premier regional youth orchestra in New Zealand. AYO was invited to Berlin’s annual Young Euro Classic Festival last year where they represented New Zealand with distinction.  Each of their six concerts in Germany and Slovenia were performed to large audiences who responded with standing ovations.     


AYO is comprised of talented young adults (age 14-24), many of whom are studying to become professional musicians.    Its members are drawn from the greater Auckland area and the majority of players are university and high school students. Many previous members of the orchestra have gone on to become professional musicians. Over 70 years, more than 2,600 young adults from diverse cultural and social backgrounds have passed through the ranks of the orchestra, having received expert training in orchestral playing.


The co-operative structure of the orchestra provides members with organisational and team building skills, engendering dedication, confidence and self-esteem within a positive peer environment. In today’s world, this healthy social experience equips our players with skills and a sense of achievement that will support them in whatever career path they choose.


Our vision is to inspire young people to excellence through their love of musical performance and to provide them with a wide range of cultural experiences, thus shaping our leaders of tomorrow.

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