The NZSO is throwing open the doors and inviting you to join us for a variety of free events for all ages.


Sat, 03 Jul, 10.30am–5.30pm
Auckland Town Hall

Open Doors is proudly supported by

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Note some events require online registration due to limited spaces, see below for details.

Storytime Live & Instrument Petting Zoo 10.30–11.30am
Join us for a short performance of NZSO Storytime live –a selection of kiwi children’s book favourites accompanied live by members of the National Youth Orchestra.

Children of all ages can the explore the Instrument Petting Zoo, getting up close with various instruments and musicians of the National Youth Orchestra. 

Costume to Couture 12.30pm–1.30pm
After attending the premiere of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring in Paris 1913, Coco Chanel, one of the most important and influential fashion designers of the 20th century, went on to design costumes for Ballet Russes. For Costume to Couture the NZSO presents a panel discussion with New Zealand fashion designers Karen Walker, Cecilia Kang and William Fitzgerald to celebrate and explore the crossover between fashion on the stage and runway.  

NZSO Foundation Masterclass Cello 2.30–4.00pm
NZSO Section Principal Cello, Andrew Joyce, facilitates a masterclass in orchestral excerpts for cello with local students. Watch the next generation of performers learn from musicians of the NZSO and discover more about some of the wonderful instruments of the symphony orchestra. 

NYO Playlist 4.30-5.30pm
Auckland Town Hall Concert Chamber 

Philip Norman And Soon it will be Dawn
Lotta Wennäkoski Nosztalgiaim
Leonie Holmes Prelude for Strings
Stravinsky Concerto in E-Flat Dumbarton Oaks

Musicians from the NZSO National Youth Orchestra present a free concert of contemporary music. Curated by NZSO Principal Conductor in Residence Hamish McKeich, NYO Playlist features works from New Zealand and Finnish composers, Stravinsky’s Concerto for Chamber Orchestra and includes NZSO Fellowship Programme conductors Jason Bae, Costa Simpson and Luka Venter.