Jazz and clas­si­cal to join

The Tribune (NZ) - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

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.

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