Grad Gala 2018

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21 September 2018


Venue: Auckland Town Hall

Location: 303 Queen Street, Auckland Central

Host: The University of Auckland

Cost: Free admission

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The University of Auckland celebrates Spring Graduation Week in style with the prestigious Grad Gala concert.

Four outstanding soloists from the School of Music will each perform a concerto with the University of Auckland Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Uwe Grodd, as they compete for one of three prizes totalling $13,000.

The University of Auckland Massed Choir, directed by Dr Karen Grylls, will open the concert with powerful performances of Te quiero by Favero and Bach’s Come Sweet Death, arranged by Rhonda Sandberg. The Gala will also see performances from our jazz big band and popular music students.

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Programme and performers



Moon Su (Arnold) Lee

Arnold Moon Su Lee

Schumann | Piano Concerto in A minor, op. 54: I. Allegro affettuoso

April Ju

April Ju

Mendelssohn | Violin Concerto no.2 in E minor, op. 64: I Allegro molto appassionato

Noah Rudd

Noah Rudd

Mozart | Oboe Concerto in C major, K. 314: I Allegro aperto - Adagio ma non troppo - Rondo. Allegretto

Jisu (Jessica) Yun

Jisu Jessica Yun

Ibert | Flute Concerto: Allegro, - Andante - Allegro scherzando


Jazz Big Band


Groovin' Hard, Don Menza
A Foggy Day, George and Ira Gershwin, arr. Jim Martin

Lukas Fritsch - Alto
Andrew Isdale - Alto
Felix Hayes-Tourelle - Tenor
Loxmyn McDonald-Ness - Tenor
Mace Wilkin - Bari

Jack Thirtle
Jolyon Walsh
Nicholas Curry
Nathan Varney

Jake Krishnamurti
Paul Cho
David Paligora
Sam Brown

Rutaiwaiomana Ueta

Rhythm section
Jimmy Olsen - bass
Ben Gailer - piano
Kathleen Tomacruz - guitar
Rholhil Kishore - drums
Elijah Whyte - drums

Popular Music students


Original songs by third year Popular Music student, Christo.

Trying to love you

Lead vocals and electric guitar

Christo Karadjov


Angus Grainger


Hon Manawangphiphat


Tim O'Malley