NZSO de­light at Rangikura

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Star Wars was the clear favourite when mem­bers of the New Zealand Sym­phony Orches­tra vis­ited Rangikura School last week.

An­nemarie Mei­jers (cello), Lisa Egen (vi­ola) and El­speth Gray and Andrew Kasza (both vi­o­lin) played seven pieces at the school last Fri­day. It was part of their com­mu­nity pro­gramme, which runs through­out the year, right across the coun­try, and is free of charge to schools, hos­pices, rest homes and other or­gan­i­sa­tions.

While Bach and Mozart pieces may have been un­known to young ears, the themes to Star Wars and Lit­tle Ein­steins brought gasps of recog­ni­tion.

The mu­si­cians faced a num­ber of ques­tions over how long they have been play­ing, how old their in­stru­ments were and even ‘‘how far does the sound travel?’’

Ms Egan says as the NZSO is funded by tax­pay­ers, part of their job is to go and meet them. And the mu­si­cians love it, es­pe­cially en­coun­ter­ing peo­ple who have never heard clas­si­cal mu­sic.

‘‘Some­times it’s over­whelm­ing, the re­sponse you get. Kids do not get a lot of ex­po­sure to clas­si­cal mu­sic so we take our in­stru­ments in and they can hear them up close and touch them. It’s won­der­ful to see their faces light up and to have that real en­thu­si­asm for what you do.’’

As a string quar­tet, they have been to­gether about four years and are great friends, Ms Egan says. The NZSO has a new sea­son be­gin­ning this month, in­clud­ing Mahler 6 with Pi­etari Ink­i­nen and Romeo & Juliet.

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Mu­sic lovers: Lisa Egen, from New Zealand Sym­phony Orches­tra, gets up close and per­sonal with Rangikura stu­dents, from left, Jay­den Ford, Taz Shar­rock and Matiria Tami­ana.

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