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Unwrap the Music Concert

( What makes great music great? Don’t know Schubert from Schumann, Bach from Beethoven or how to listen to and understand classical music, then this is the concert for you.

The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and Australian conductor Graham Abbott unravel the mysteries of classical music in Unwrap The Music, a special concert on Wednesday 2 June designed to help people gain insight and understanding into classical music. The June concert features Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, while a second Unwrap The Music concert in August will focus on Beethoven’s Symphony No 7.

Graham Abbott is the presenter of ABC Classic FM’s Keys to Music series and says the Unwrap The Music concerts give people the chance to hear things they could never hear in a live performance or recording.

“Pulling apart the music to find out a little of how it ticks is a great way to appreciate the composer’s work,” he says. “It’s for anyone who loves music and wants to find out more and no previous experience is required. I don’t want to tell people what to think, or even what to hear, but I do want to give them some signposts regarding what’s going on and to share what I think are some awesome things in the music.”

Graham says that the programme with the APO will look at the music in detail. “I have no idea why Schubert didn’t finish the piece, although theories abound. The two movements he did complete though are miraculous and beautiful and we will be pulling these apart and then performing them completely.”

The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra’s Unwrap the Music concert featuring Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony.
Wednesday 2 June at Auckland Town Hall, THE EDGE at 6.30pm.
Tickets are $25* adults and seniors and $10* for students and are available by phoning 0800 BUYTICKETS (289 842) or online at

Media Release 27 May 2010 from THE EDGE.



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