WIN: Joy and Passion with Manukau’s Orchestra

A light-hearted waltz, a virtuosic piano concerto and an impassioned symphony will delight audiences when the Manukau Symphony Orchestra takes centre stage at the Vodafone Events Centre on Saturday 19 May, 7.30pm.

The orchestra’s Music Director and founding conductor, Professor Uwe Grodd, will lead the orchestra of 75, ranging from ages of 17 to 85, through timeless works such as Nicolai’s Merry Wives of Windsor Overture and Tchaikovsky’s bold Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique”.

As for Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1, there is no better soloist to perform this work than the First Prize winner of the prestigious International Liszt Competition in 1986, Auckland-based Italian pianist, Matteo Napoli.

The Manukau Symphony Orchestra was established in 1993 as a ‘next step’ community orchestra for the then Howick-Pakuranga Youth Orchestra. Its aim to include a unique mix of youth, adult amateur and professional musicians stays true to this day.

“I am very proud that the orchestra with a “very special spirit” has kept its community roots,” says Mrs Terry Spragg MNZM, Manurewa resident, a founding member and driving force behind the MSO. “To make music and have the support of a loyal audience who enjoys what their local orchestra has to offer is a privilege.”

Tickets for Manukau Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Joy & Passion’ concert are available now on, and starts from $15 for students, $35 for seniors and $40 for adults. There will be Door Sales on the concert night.

For more information or to make a booking, visit or call 09 577 3031.

  • The Times has a double pass to give away for this Saturday! Enter below. Winners drawn 12pm Thursday 17 May and notified by email. Tickets to be collected at the door of the venue.

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