Orchestra brings beats to Howick

APO principal percussion Eric Renick. Photo: Adrian Malloch

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO) musicians are heading to All Saints Church in Howick on Monday  July 1 to showcase the incredibly versatile side of the orchestra’s percussion section.

Led by Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra principal percussion Eric Renick, Beats, Working is part of the orchestra’s In Your Neighbourhood series which sees APO musicians bringing their passion for orchestral music closer to communities across Auckland.

“While most audience members are familiar with the explosive crashes and rumbles the percussion section brings to an orchestra, few will know that there is an entire repertoire of beautiful, delicate, funky, bizarre and hypnotic percussion music,” says Renick.

Joined by fellow musicians from the string and percussion sections of the orchestra, concertgoers will get a taste of a range of different percussion instruments – from the marimba and drums, to bells and wood blocks – through a variety of music by international and Kiwi composers alike.

“The concert will celebrate the influential music of Kiwi legend Phil Dadson, as well as Salina Fisher – a rising New Zealand musician and composer making waves on the international stage,” says Renick.

“You’ll be taken on a journey across the Southern Californian Mojave Desert with American composer Michael Torke’s Mojave, then propelled into the future of music with Mason Bates’ Stereo is King, where I’ll be joined by principal timpanist Steven Logan to perform this hip and funky piece accompanied by a digital audio soundscape.”

  • Beats, Working, Monday July 1, 6:30pm, All Saints Church, Howick. Tickets from $15.