Grad Gala Conerto Competition 10th Anniversary

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04 May 2017

7:30 - 9:30pm

Venue: Auckland Town Hall

Location: 303 Queen Street, Auckland Central

Host: The University of Auckland

Cost: Free admission

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2017 Finalists L-R: Joella Pinto (violin), Sara Lee (piano) and Julie Park (viola).

The University of Auckland proudly presents the 10th anniversary of the prestigious Graduation Gala Concerto Competition. This celebratory event will feature School of Music soloists Sara Lee (piano), Joella Pinto (violin) and Julie Park (viola), who will each perform a concerto with the University of Auckland Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Professor Uwe Grodd.

The three finalists will be competing for a total prize pool of $15,000, awarded in support of their promising futures, and to contribute to their anticipated professional success.

The University of Auckland Massed Choir, directed by Dr Karen Grylls, will open the concert with a powerful performance of Tempus est Iocundum from Carmina Burana by Carl Orff.

Free admission, registrations not required. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early to be assured of admission.


Sara Lee
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor (Tchaikovsky)
I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso – Allegro con spirito

Julie Park
Concerto for Viola and Orchestra in G minor (Cecil Forsyth)
I. Appassionato (Cadenza) – Moderato – Con moto, agitato
III. Allegro con fuoco

Joella Pinto
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 (Tchaikovsky)
I. Allegro moderato