In more than 50 mainstage performances annually, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra presents a full season of symphonic work showcasing many of the world’s finest classical musicians. Sitting alongside this activity, we’re also very proud of our award-winning APO Connecting programme of education, outreach and community initiatives.
Divided into four key areas, our APO Connecting programme aims to Impact, Engage, Excite and Inspire audiences from all age groups and ethnic communities throughout Auckland. From free Open Orchestra afternoons, to concerts for pre-schoolers and their families, masterclasses with visiting soloists and orchestral fellowships, we take our responsibility for growing the next generation of musicians and audiences very seriously. The APO Partnership with Schools programme (APOPS) brings our musicians into 60 partner schools with mentoring and performances for students and teachers. Our APO Remix the Orchestra programme enters its ninth year in 2016, offering aspiring urban artists the chance to work with professional APO musicians in a unique fusion of hip-hop and orchestral music. APO Connecting also nurtures young New Zealand composers with a wide variety of workshops, performance and recording opportunities through collaborations with the University of Auckland School of Music and other arts organisations.
Our annual Auckland Dance Project brings together dancers of all ages from schools and tertiary institutions across Auckland to create an explosion of music and dance in a public performance. This year, more than 100 dancers took to the stage for Ruaumoko, together with the full force of the APO, dancers from Atamira Dance Company and a professional Maori kapa haka group in a high-energy, fully staged performance set to music by New Zealand composer Gareth Farr. The performance was presented as part of the Auckland Arts Festival in March, and was attended by more than 2,000 people, the highest attendance for a locally-produced show at the Festival.
For more information about the APO Connecting programme, visit apo.co.nz/apo-connecting