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Conducting The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra For a Day

On Monday, 11 August 2014, I saw this group of orchestra players performing on one of the side streets in Auckland Central. Curious as to what’s happening, I realized there was a sign saying, “Conduct Us.” Part of me wanted to do it, but another part was hesitating as I needed to go to work just a few blocks away. And so I asked the girl who gave me a flyer for the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra until what time they will stay. She said, “Only 30 minutes.”

And so driven by curiosity and an urge to try it, I approached another girl on the other side of the crowd who handled the conductor’s stick and told her I’d like to do it. When she agreed, I requested for her to take a video of me conducting the orchestra.

When I went to a makeshift conductor’s podium in front of the orchestra, someone taught me how to handle the stick and conduct well. And so here’s the evidence of what I did that day.

For more info on Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, here’s their official website.

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My name is Charica Roche, a writer, food lover, adventure seeker, color addict, and curious-driven person who truly believes in personal and spiritual growth. Writing helps me become a better person because it makes me feel grounded and it encourages me to be honest about things. Currently based in New Zealand, I'm constantly searching for and following my curiosities through books, art, music, dancing, and other aspects of a life well-lived through my own terms.

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