The Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra will feature old and future classics in its 2013 schedule.

Anyone booking flights to Auckland for next year will not be short of things to do during the daylight hours, with the Kiwi capital famed for its outdoor pursuits.

Yet there will be no shortage of activities once the sun descends beyond the New Zealand horizon now that the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra has announced its 2013 schedule.

It features some of the most-loved orchestra pieces in history intertwined with some new and exciting scores.

Pieces from Beethoven, Bach and Brahms will sit alongside contemporary works by the likes of Mark-Anthony Turnage and Thomas Ades and at the Auckland Arts Festival, the group will also perform the world premiere of Songs and Dances of Desire – a major new work by its current composer-in-residence Jack Body.

The season will see some of the world’s best musicians, such as violinist James Ehnes and pianist Nikolai Demidenko, return to New Zealand.

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