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19th, 20th & 21st
April  2002

Born from an idea in 1999, “The Four Senses” concerts, performed for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired by the Aotea Youth Symphony, are now into their second generation.

The Aotea Youth Symphony is a dynamic and talented group of young musicians from across the Auckland area.  They have performed concerts at diverse events and venues from the Auckland Domain “Symphony Under The Stars” to concerts for 100’s of school children, from the High Rises of Tokyo to the Beaches of Waiheke and from the Canadian Rockies to a NZ Main Trunk line Railway Stations.

The 1999 concerts given by the Aotea Youth Symphony were an outstanding success and a frequently heard question afterwards was

“When are there going to be more such events?”

Well, that question is about to be answered –
April 19th, 20th and 21st, 2002.

And they are shaping up to be even bigger and better than 1999!

The 2002 concerts will once again, with audience participation,  provide
multi-sensory inter-linked stimulation of
sound, light, smell and touch.

“The Four Senses” Special Highlights Include:

Presentation of the 1999 Concerts at an International Symposium on Electronic Art in France,
November 2000. and recognition that the
1999 Concerts were a world first.

Artistic Design and Development - the creative touch - by Light Artist,
Raewyn Turner,
Lighting Director for
“Split Enz”.
For the 2002 Concerts, planned International Collaboration with Artist Researcher
Tony Brooks from Europe
Concert Concept supported and recognised by the Waitakere Regional Arts Council and
Creative NZ as of National and Local Artisitic Significance.

Sound. Music performed by the Aotea Youth Symphony under the Music Directorship of
Paul Harrop, ONZM.
Touch. Numerous Electronic Tactile devices (Aura Interactor cushions) will be installed in the
auditorium specially for the Deaf audience members. 
Colour & Light. Dozens of Sophisticated Computer Controlled lights supplied by Kenderdine Electrical
Smell. Specially blended fragrances made from natural essential oils.

What They said about the 1999 Concerts…

“…a thoroughly enjoyable, highly experiencial and completely professional experience”. 
Hannah Samuel, NFD.

“…it was very moving to see the Deaf audience members enjoying the concert..” 
G. Hinds. Music Teacher.

“…memorable and touching… The concept was wonderful… the face of one girl especially moved me.  She was enthralled…and her face showed some of what she was feeling.  We left the concert feeling that we had been a part of something very special”. 
Sarah Worthington, DHL.

“What a splendid idea!”  “It promises to be a spectacular and unique occasion and I hope that special concert concerts like this become a regular part of the classical concert programme..” 
Kiri Te Kanawa, 1999 Concerts Program.

For Further information, Please contact:

Paul Harrop on 849 2361 (evenings)
Mike Rush on 623 2909 (evenings)
8153929 (Business)
or Email
GOTO Aotea Home Page
1999 Concert Photos
STOP PRESS July 2003!

Concerts a Success!  A 30 minute TV Documentary was made of them by TVONE and has been screen twice on TV already!