APO announces artist change for Unwrap the Music: Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO) has announced a change to the upcoming concert Unwrap the Music: Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony, taking place on Wednesday 27 June at Auckland Town Hall.

Unfortunately, due to illness, presenter Richard Gill will not be travelling from Australia to front the performance. Instead, New Zealand performer and broadcaster Kevin Keys will step in. Keys will present the performance, unwrapping Mendelssohn’s ‘Italian’ Symphony No.4, and conductor Hamish McKeich will join him on stage to direct the orchestra.

APO Chief Executive Barbara Glaser says, “It is a shame that Richard won’t be joining us for this concert. However, we are confident that the combined forces of Kevin Keys and Hamish McKeich will bring insight and experience to this informative and entertaining event.

“The APO has long-standing associations with Kevin and Hamish so they will both be familiar faces to our Auckland audiences.

“We wish Richard a speedy recovery and look forward to him returning later in the year.”

About Kevin Keys

Kevin Keys is an Auckland-based performer. He has a background in music and acting with BMus in performance trombone from the New Zealand School of Music and a BA in theatre from Victoria University. He regularly works with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in a variety of presenting roles including writing and presenting scripts for orchestral education concerts. He is also a live concert presenter for Radio New Zealand Concert.

About Hamish McKeich

New Zealand born conductor Hamish McKeich has forged an impressive international conducting career alongside a passion for developing the repertoire of contemporary and experimental music. He is Associate Conductor of the NZSO and chief conductor of the contemporary ensemble Stroma. He has performed nationally and internationally, working regularly in Europe, Australia and with all New Zealand’s major orchestras.

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