Jazz and classical to join
The worlds of jazz and classical music are combining to bring fresh arrangements to famous New Zealand pop songs and adding a spin to a few jazz standards.
The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra will be teaming up with the Rodger Fox Big Band for the first time in itsmost extensive tour of the 2016 NZSO Season.
The tour de force of 82 musicians will be covering a handful of genres from classical through to jazz, Latin and big band.
Rodger Fox said audiences could expect an exciting and spontaneous mix of music.
‘‘It’s more like a jazz gig than a traditional classical concert.
‘‘The order of works will be decided spontaneously on the night depending on the mood in the concert hall.
‘‘It’s definitely going to keep you on the edge of your seat.’’
New Zealand’s Grammy Award winning Lorde’s song Royals will take a new shape as will Wandering
Eye by Fat Freddy’s Drop, A Night in Tunisia by Dizzy Gillespie and Take the A Train by Billy Strayhorn.
Fox said the concert’s approach carried on an old big band tradition.