Baby Baroque heading north
NZ Barok will be heading north next month to offer two free ‘Baby Baroque’ concerts for children as young as preschoolers.
Both performances will be on Saturday July 27, at the Kerikeri Baptist Church at 10.30am and the atrium at Te Ahu, in Kaitaia, at 2.30pm.
Cellist Helen Brinkman said the orchestra introduced young children to baroque music in Auckland for the first time last year, to rapt audiences.
“The hour-long concert tells a story about a little girl called Ruby May, and as that unfolds to the sounds of the orchestra kids get the chance to wave a scarf, shake a shaker, clap, sing, march, dance and listen,” she said.
“Music, play and stories mix together to engage small children, and some of last year’s little participants have been inspired to take up instruments themselves. After the show they get to meet the musicians and try out the instruments themselves.”
“Nothing beats live music,” she added.
“Giving young children the chance to hear and see live music stimulates every cell in their bodies. Their reaction to sound is quite magical. Whatever they are doing stops and their eyes widen and they listen intently. Some will crawl up close and put their hands on the instruments. The orchestra play on instruments of the period and in the style of the period.”
Go to www.eventbrite.co.nz or www.nzbarok.org.nz for tickets and further information.