Big guns out for con­cert


Can­non fire will sound along­side light opera when Or­ches­tra Welling­ton per­forms at Porirua’s Aotea Lagoon on Satur­day.

Sym­phony at the Lagoon will be an evening of clas­si­cal favourites, with 16 live can­nons pro­vid­ing an ex­plo­sive fin­ish to Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Over­ture. The au­di­ence will recog­nise mu­sic from Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings, as well as fa­mous opera arias such as Nes­sun Dorma and O Mio Bab­bino Caro.

Join­ing Or­ches­tra Welling­ton will be tal­ented young mu­si­cians from Porirua’s Vir­tu­oso Strings Or­ches­tra, con­ducted by An­drew Atkins.

Sym­phony at the Lagoon is be­ing run by Porirua City Coun­cil as part of the Sum­mer Events Se­ries and is be­ing held on lawn No 1, by the mid­dle gate en­trance off Pa­pakowhai Rd.

The evening of mu­sic starts about 6.15pm with the Vir­tu­oso Strings Or­ches­tra per­form­ing for 15 min­utes, be­fore be­ing joined by Or­ches­tra Welling­ton for a com­bined per­for­mance that will in­clude In the Hall of the Moun­tain King by Grieg.

The rest of the evening will fea­ture Or­ches­tra Welling­ton con­ducted by Brent Stewart and soloists Kate Line­ham (so­prano) and Derek Hill (tenor).

The Welling­ton Can­non So­ci­ety is sup­ply­ing the can­nons for the 1812 Over­ture. They are hand-cast repli­cas of 18th-cen­tury naval guns and siege can­nons.

The lagoon’s lawn No 1 can seat 2000 peo­ple, with room for many more around the lagoon, and peo­ple are en­cour­aged to come early, with cush­ions and rugs, to grab a good spot.

There will be food avail­able from the Welling­ton Food Truck Col­lec­tive.

The post­pone­ment date is Jan­uary 22, with up­dates on the coun­cil’s Facebook page.

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