It’s all happening at The Globe
The Globe’s 2016 acquisition of a Steinway Concert Grand piano has opened up a new range of performance opportunities for the theatre – stunningly demonstrated by internationallyacclaimed pianist Michael Houstoun’s epic rendition of Bach’s ‘The 48’ over two days in mid-March this year.
The Steinway has also been used to score the Mozart operetta Cosi Fan Tutte, providing both melody and mirth in Kane Parson’s All the Right Notes (just not necessarily in the
right order) and as a frequent instrument used in the Sunday Matinee series.
The Globe’s Operations Manager, Roger Buchanan, says the Globe is proving to be the ideal venue for concerts of this type.
‘‘It is far better for a performer to play to a full smaller theatre than to the front few rows of a much larger space,’’ he says.
‘‘The intimacy provided by our Globe 1 auditorium helps build the connection between musician and listener. Certainly the audience who came to hear Michael play Bach clearly felt that way.’’
As always, there has been ‘off stage’ activity along with the ‘on’. In recent months, the staff’s focus has turned to the upgrade of the original Globe 1 theatre and its facilities.
Palmerston North City Council has provided for the repainting and recarpeting of the dressing rooms and rehearsal room, as well as new LED lighting, and the theatre has just taken receipt of a brand new sound system which will see its first use during this year’s International Jazz Festival over Queen’s Birthday Weekend.
‘‘It’s exciting,’’ says Relationships Manager William Muirhead.
‘‘I think our visiting artists will really appreciate the upgrade, not to mention our regular performers who were used to how things were!’’
The Globe is available to hire for a wide range of events, from corporate functions and public meetings to dance, drama and classical recitals. Anyone interested in learning more about the Globe’s facilities should email email@example.com or call 06 3514409.