The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is beginning the New Year with rock and pop in the casual Shed Series Symmetries. Performing a work which was inspired by American composer and Grammy Award winner John Adams, the concert will be held at Shed 6 in Wellington on the 31st January.
“The music is more closely allied to pop and minimalist rock.” Says Adams. “It’s clearly an example of what I call my ‘travelling music’, music that gives the impression of continuous movement over a shifting landscape.”
Also included within the concert are Mozart’s Divertimento No. 11 Rondo, Brahms’ Hungarian Dance Nos. 1 and 3 and Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s Bach Measures. The NZSO will also perform New Zealand composer Lissa Meridan’s 2002 work Tuning the head of a pin. Conducted by NZSO Principal Conductor in Residence and Shed Series director Hamish McKeich, there is something for everyone.
“The audience will enjoy a fantastic selection of music spanning four centuries from 1776 to 2002. The intimate space of Shed 6 on Wellington’s waterfront is perfect for performing these superb works,” he says. “As with our previous Shed Series concerts in 2018 and 2019, it’s an informal and fun way to experience the NZSO and enjoy five distinctive works.”
Designed to appeal to new audiences, the Shed Series are informal. The audience can choose to sit or stand during the performances and even get themselves something to eat and drink across the evening.
Auckland audiences will also be lucky enough to experience the Shed Series for the first time in April and September 2020 so keep an eye out for that if you are based further north.
Tickets to Symmetries are available via ticketmaster.co.nz
Wellington, Shed 6, Friday 31 January, 7.30pm