On Thursday 25 February the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra are bringing a slice of snow covered Northern Europe to our sizzling Summer, with Nordic Fire! Principal Timpanist Steven Logan tells us he is ready to ignite our senses with his dramatic big drums.
“Timpani concerti are extremely rare, most people go their entire lives without getting to see one! For an audience member whether you’ve been coming to see the APO regularly or this is your first experience, you’ll get to experience the timpani in ways most don’t think of the big drums… the APO is done in such a way that there are beautiful melodies and moments for the orchestra as well,” Logan tells us about this one of kind concert. But also ensures it’s not the APO’s only ‘must-see’ for percussion enthusiasts.
“Nielsen Symphony 4, “’The Inextinguishable’, actually calls for two timpanists who are ‘duelling.’ And better yet, the APO is performing this on 15 April. I’ll be joined by my colleague Shane Currey to battle it out! Come to see who wins!”
Elsewhere on the APO’s busy calendar, Ruby Solly’s Ātahu will have its World Premiere on International Women’s Day (8 March) as part of the Philharmonia’s Shoulder to Shoulder concert. Solly tells us the piece, “honours mana wāhine and atua wāhine in a way that shows the full spectrum of what wāhine taonga pūoro players can do, from the subtle and beguiling, to the powerful and sensual.”
Solly tells she is excited to have Ātahu debut at Shoulder to Shoulder. “This concert is placed at an important moment in time and is a must see for people looking to broaden their listening to include more women composers and especially women of colour. We’re taking back the mic for this one, all you have to do is listen.”
For tickets visit apo.co.nz