Followers of the recent exchange about (the lack of?) culture in Tauranga may be interested in the fact that over 100 years ago there were international artists performing in the Tauranga Opera House.
Taken from the Bay of Plenty Times, 28 July 1915:
Those who desire to hear these talented musicians at the Opera House tomorrow night, or on Thursday, should book their seats now at Woolams. It is not saying too much to state that never before has Tauranga had the opportunity of hearing such talented musicians. Leo, the eldest of this famous trio, is still only twenty-five years of age, and judging by the enthusiasm they have aroused in other parts of the Dominion they should be met with a flattering reception in Tauranga.’
They had rave reviews.
D Christie, Omokoroa.