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Michael Fowler Centre Opening - A Festival Concert

Television (Full Length) – 1983

The Michael Fowler Centre opened on 16 September 1983. Wellington celebrated with a formal ceremony, a "glittering ball" and what presenter Philip Alpers calls "the people's opening"this 90-minute concert with the NZ Symphony Orchestra and pianist Michael Houstoun. Alpers opens the telecast as dignatories including the Duke of Wellington and Sir Michael Fowler  the driving force behind the project  enter the new facility. Host Bob Parker introduces an impressive classical programme. Musical director Sir William Southgate delights the crowd with a medley including the themes from Stars Wars and Fame.


Now to something from a totally different century, from the Russian composer Tchaikovsky. Pyotr Tchaikovsky started out his working life as a public servant, so it's kind of appropriate that we're about to play a piece of his music here in Wellington. In fact who knows Tchaichovsky — I mean it could be that this might be the first waltz ever composed on Glide Time.
– Presenter Bob Parker jokes about Wellington's workforce

Key Cast & Crew

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Bobbi Gibbons


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Bob Parker

Concert Host

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John Neill

Sound Supervisor

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Philip Alpers


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Malcolm Kemp

Director, Producer

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Roger Wallan

Vision Controller

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