NZSO returns

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Selwyn classical music lovers are in for a treat next month with the return of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

The NZSO will bring its Classical Hits show to the Air Force Museum in Hornby on September 19, where it will perform some of the most popular works of classical music.

Classical Hits will feature some of the best-known music by the great composers Franz Schubert, Claude Debussy and Pyotr Tchaikovsky, as well as the world premiere of a new work by acclaimed New Zealand composer, Gillian Whitehead.

Gillian Whitehead’s new work, Turanga-nui, has been written to mark the 250th anniversary in 2019 of Captain James Cook’s arrival in New Zealand and his meetings with Maori.

Classical Hits will be conducted by NZSO Associate Conductor Hamish McKeich, who earlier this year conducted the orchestra for its sold out and critically acclaimed performances of Star Wars: A New Hope in the New Zealand Festival.

“The Classical Hits selection has been especially chosen to appeal to both regular concert goers and those new to seeing the national orchestra perform live,” Mr McKeich said.

“Travelling the full length of the country, playing a selection of masterpieces, with Andrew Joyce as soloist and with a brand-new New Zealand work, is something that I’m very much looking forward to.”