NZSO delight at Rangikura
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.
For more details go to nzso.co.nz.
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.