Doc­tors swap white coat for in­stru­ments

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News -

If you’re a lover of clas­si­cal mu­sic, put the week­end of No­vem­ber 10 and 11 in your di­ary.

That’s when mem­bers of the New Zealand Doc­tors Orches­tra will be run­ning a two-day open re­hearsal of Schu­bert’s String Quin­tet in C Ma­jor at the Great Lake Cen­tre. The pub­lic are in­vited to come along and lis­ten for as long as they like and make a gold coin do­na­tion to Lake Taupo¯ Hos­pice.

This is the fourth year for this event and in the past it has been heav­ily sup­ported by Taupo¯ res­i­dents, and in turn sup­port­ing a wor­thy cause — the Lake Taupo¯ Hos­pice.

The mu­si­cians in­volved will be Pro­fes­sor Philip Hazel (first vi­o­lin and Pro­fes­sor of Child Psy­chi­a­try at Syd­ney Univer­sity), Dr Louise Web­ster (psy­chi­a­trist, Star­ship Hospi­tal, Auck­land), Paul Van Houtte (fifth year med­i­cal stu­dent and pro­fes­sional cel­list), Ju­dith Gust (a vi­ola player from Auck­land who gen­er­ally likes to avoid doc­tors) and Dr Peter Fleis­chl, a Taupo¯ GP.

Peter says the Schu­bert String Quin­tet in C Ma­jor is highly re­garded and is ar­guably the most beau­ti­ful piece of cham­ber mu­sic ever writ­ten.

“With its charm­ing free-flow­ing melodies, it is a piece of mu­sic that is widely adored by au­di­ences from the very young, through to some very aged peo­ple with in­tact hear­ing.”

Peter says the orches­tra will be re­hears­ing from 10am un­til 4pm on Satur­day, No­vem­ber 10, with a lunch break at noon. On Sun­day, No­vem­ber 11 it will re­hearse from 10am, have a brief lunch break at noon, then a com­plete run-through at 1pm un­til about 1.30pm.

The orches­tra is on the mez­za­nine level of the Great Lake Cen­tre both days.

Photo / Sup­plied

The New Zealand Doc­tors Orches­tra per­form­ing at the Great Lake Cen­tre last year.

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