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NZSO Sets Up Camp in More Regions

Setting Up Camp will see the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra bring the music of Bach and Beethoven to more New Zealander’s this March. The NZSO will perform various concerts, workshops and community activities in the Greater Wellington region, Palmerston North, Tauranga and Hamilton.

In what is a first for the NZSO, players will split in two groups for distinctive evening performances, day time performances and community activities over the 2 week tour: Goldberg Variations and Realising Beethoven. The day time performances will include school visits, masterclasses and give the young and non-professional musicians the opportunity to perform alongside the NZSO.

Hamish McKeich Credit: Stephen A’Court / Latitude Creative

The NZSO will also perform a series of “Relaxed Concerts” in Palmerston North, Tauranga and Hamilton which are especially designed for people who may find a traditional concert uncomfortable but love music. This includes those with autism, sensory and communication disorders or learning disabilities.

“The NZSO exists to bring world-class orchestral music to all New Zealanders. We are always looking at innovative ways to reach new audiences who may otherwise never have a chance to enjoy their national orchestra,” says NZSO Education Manager Simon Brew.

“Rather than a traditional whistle-stop tour, Setting Up Camp is the NZSO spending all day, and some cases three days, in each city performing and engaging with different communities and age groups. We offer a terrific mix of concerts and new ways to meet and interact with us. We’re excited and we know audiences will be too.”

Vesa-Matti Leppanen
Photo credit: Stephen A’Court.

Goldberg Variations will be directed by NZSO Concertmaster Vesa-Matti Leppänen with various instruments performing Bach’s baroque masterpiece which was originally written for the harpischord. The harpischord will be included alongside other string instruments arranged by violinist Dmitry Sitkovetsky and further instruments arranged by Heribert Breuer.

“The different instruments will add a huge amount of colour to the variations, making an already exquisite work even more mesmerising for audiences,” says Leppänen.

Realising Beethoven will be led by NSO Principal Conductor in Residence Hamish McKeich. This also celebrates the 250th anniversary of the composers birth in December this year with a selection of his works alongside his influences and those he inspired.

All concerts will be over a 2 week period in March – visit the ticketing websites for dates.

Tickets to Goldberg Variations
Carterton and Paraparaumu – eventfinda.co.nz
Lower Hutt and Tauranga – ticketek.co.nz
Palmerston North – ticketdirect.co.nz
Hamilton – nz.patronbase.com/_UniversityOfWaikato/Productions/GOLD/Performances

Tickets to Realising Beethoven
Palmerston North – ticketdirect.co.nz
Tauranga and Hamilton – ticketek.co.nz

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