The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra alongside the Wellington City Council are presenting a free live concert to celebrate the effort of our team of 5 million made to protect our country against Covid-19.
Ngū Kīoro… Harikoa Ake – celebrating togetherness is the NZSO’s first performance held before a live audience since the Covid-19 restrictions were lifted and will also be livestreamed at the NZSO’s website on the 26th June at 6.30pm.
“The fact that the NZSO can again play in front of an audience is because of the sacrifices everyone in New Zealand made over the past three months to keep our most vulnerable safe as we all worked to eliminate COVID-19,” says NZSO Chief Executive Peter Biggs.
The event, held at Wellington’s Michal Fowler Centre will be led by NZSO Principal Concutor in Residence Hamish McKeich. The evening will include performances by vocalist and composer Maisey Rika, taonga pūoro player Horomona Horo, tenor Simon O’Neill, soprano Eliza Boom and singers from the Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir and schools within Wellington region.
“The Orchestra knows that we need to remain vigilant. However, we also wanted to thank everyone with a concert to lift our spirits and celebrate our success. We’re delighted that Wellington City Council has joined us to present Ngū Kīoro… Harikoa Ake, along with the superb artists that will join us for this special night.” says Biggs.
Ngū Kīoro… Harikoa Ake will also celebrate togetherness by supporting musical development in the Greater Wellington region with concertgoers able to make a koha contribution to the NZSO Foundation when booking tickets. Their contributions will go toward community musical ensembles of all ages who are mentored by NZSO players.
Wellington Mayor Andy Foster says the NZSO is a national treasure and great source of pride for Wellingtonians. “As New Zealand’s capital city we are the storehouse of many of our nation’s treasures, and long recognised as the centre for arts and culture. I am delighted by this new expression of the long term partnership between our national orchestra and the Council.
Foster also recognises the hard work of our essential workers. “It is also an inspiring statement of acknowledgment and thanks to our healthcare workers, community services and the many essential workers who together got us through to this point.”
Tickets to Ngū Kīoro… Harikoa Ake – celebrating togetherness are available via ticketmaster.co.nz Michael Fowler Centre, Friday 26 June at 6.30pm
If you can’t make it in person, you can also view online at live.nzso.co.nz