how the audience see our concerts.
10 May 2000
From Pamela Brown
I would like to sincerely thank yourself and the orchestra for the wonderful
programme last Sunday.
It is indeed a privilege to be able to be entertained by such a dynamic
orchestra, and just by donation. It was so great it brought tears to my
eyes; I have never heard music played by so many, nor so well.
Please pass on congratulations and thanks to the orchestra who gave up
their time and worked so hard at entertaining the audience.
My heartfelt thanks.
Sincerely Pamela Brown
14 May 2000
From Rodney Michie
Congratulations on your concert held today at the Bruce Mason Centre. It
was most enjoyable. I am writing to particualrly compliemnt you on including
"Autumn" from "The Seasons".
I guess a number in the audience would not have had an opportunity to enjoy
music by Glazunov before. I know that you played the Overture he wrote for
Borodin's Prince Igor, last year and I notice from your website that you
have conducted the Saxophone Concerto previously. He has been treated as
a Cinderella among composers for a long time and it is most pleasing to
see the amount of his music being performed and recorded in recent years.
Keep up the good work.
P.S. I bought the CD of your orchestral music released 10 years ago soon
after it's release. I hope you can include something of your own in future
Texas Creates Millennium Magic - USA
Contributed by Jane Christison
World class musicians, capacity audiences, electrical atmosphere and Gary
Daverne combined to make the Texas Accordion Association Y2K Convention
a show of pure Millennium Magic!
Conductor of the Auckland Symphony Orchestra, Gary Daverne directed the
Convention Orchestra with the same conviction and respect he has used
while directing some of the finest symphony orchestras in the world and
the results were outstanding!
From the first rehearsal to the grand finale concert 48 hours later, Gary
took some 50 musicians of all levels and backgrounds and transformed them
into a world class act that brought the house down several times over.
The concert included such pieces as the William Tell Overture, several
of Daverne's popular arrangements as well as his own composition "Rhapsody
for Accordion and Orchestra".
The annual convention was a festival of concerts, workshops, dealers displays
and fun, which featured people from as far away as New Zealand, Norway
and all across the United States.
Standing ovations were the norm for the array of world class artists who
presented music ranging from the World Accordion Championships concert
repertoire to Pop, Folk and Novelty, each style playing an important part
in the diverse accordion repertoire.
Congratulations to the Texas Accordion Association for setting the standard
for the Millennium!