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Violinist Mark Menzies on Brahms’ Violin Concerto and why he loves Autumn in New Zealand

New Zealand-born Mark Menzies, described in the Los Angeles Times as an ‘extraordinary musician’ and a ‘riveting violinist’, is performing Brahms’ Violin Concerto with the Manukau Symphony Orchestra this month. A viola and violin virtuoso, chamber musician and pianist, conductor and advocate of contemporary music, Mark has performed in Europe, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Japan, New …

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Mahler with MSO ‘a dream’

A Mahler symphony is a symbol of maturity for any orchestra. Together with soprano Anna Leese, Manukau Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will perform Mahler’s Fourth Symphony on Saturday 28 August, 7.30pm at the Vodafone Events Centre. Leese, a sought-after Kiwi soprano, says the challenge is conveying the sense of child-like wonderment in Das himmlische Leben (The Heavenly Life) in the last movement of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony. ‘There are few …

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‘No longer retired’ – Houstoun plays The Egyptian in Manukau

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE14 April 2021 The Manukau Symphony Orchestra (MSO) begins its 2021 season with renowned New Zealand pianist Michael Houstoun in the twice-rescheduled concert Houstoun Plays The Egyptian on Sunday 2 May, 5pm at the Vodafone Events Centre. Houstoun always tries to avoid picking favourites, although he does ‘love the charm, exoticism and virtuosity’ …

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Manukau Symphony Orchestra: Reflections on a sustainable model for a community orchestra in Aotearoa New Zealand

In 2019 an international journal of community music published an article by Professor Uwe Grodd and Associate Professor David Lines, University of Auckland on the success story of the orchestra. Grodd, U. & Lines, D. The Manukau Symphony Orchestra: Reflections on a sustainable model for a community orchestra in Aotearoa New Zealand. International Journal of …

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