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Auckland Youth Orchestra Concert

Auckland Youth Orchestra Concert

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  • Sat 1 Oct ’16, 7:30pm – 9:30pm


St Paul's Presbyterian Church, Mulgan St, Katikati


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission


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- Ravel Bolero
- Chen the Golden Flute
- Tchaikovsky Music From the Nutcracker

Be mesmerised by the insistent rhythm of Ravel’s “Bolero” - one long, gradual crescendo culminating in brief, tumultuous chaos. Experience the colourful textures in the “Golden Flute” by Chen Yi, performed by Eva Ding - winner of the 2015 AYO Soloist Competition. Be captivated by the illustrious, rich, and vibrant themes of Tchaikovsky’s popular Nutcracker, including the Sugar Plum Fairy and Waltz of the Flowers.

Antun Poljanich - Auckland Youth Orchestra Music Director:
Antun has been the Music Director of Auckland Youth Orchestra since 1999 and the ensemble has seen great success in New Zealand and beyond. Also Head of the Music Faculty at St. Peter’s College in Newmarket, Auckland, Antun was awarded the St. Peter’s College Scholarship for his contribution to musical education in New Zealand.

Eva Ding - Flute Soloist:
Shanghai-born, Auckland-raised Eva Ding fell in love with the flute at the age of 8, and is currently studying Performance Flute with Professor Uwe Grodd as a recipient of the prestigious University of Auckland Undergraduate Scholarship.Having been a member of the Auckland Youth Orchestra since 2013, Eva is an experienced orchestral player.

In recognition of her potential as a musician, she has been awarded scholarships from organisations including the Pettman National Junior Academy, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. However, Eva also has an impressive record as a soloist: she has recently been the recipient of the National Young Performer Award, the Anthony Jennings Memorial Award, and the Tauranga Performing Arts Competitions Society Carey Concerto and Smith Shield Awards.

Eva has been a featured soloist at various musical and cultural events, including at the Auckland Lantern Festival, the Friends of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, University of Auckland graduation ceremonies, Auckland Symphony Orchestra’s “American Beauty” concert, and the “Meet in Beijing” festival in China with the Aotea Youth Symphony.

Recently returned from a six-month exchange to the University of California in Los Angeles, Eva is brimming with inspiration from her time abroad and was fortunate to have had the opportunity to take lessons with flute professors from elite music schools Julliard and Eastman. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, she intends to continue her studies in performance flute, and will pursue a Master of Music. In her spare time, Eva plays with her poodle Chocco, who adores singing along to her flute practice.

About Auckland Youth Orchestra:
The Auckland Youth Orchestra is the premier regional youth orchestra in New Zealand. 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. Auckland Youth Orchestra draws its members from throughout the wider

Auckland region, the majority of which are University or high school students. Many past members of the orchestra have gone on to become professional musicians. Over the orchestra’s 68-year history, more than 2,600 young adults from diverse cultural and social backgrounds have passed through its ranks, having received expert training in orchestral playing.

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