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

Sat, 10 July, 10.30am-5.30pm
Michael Fowler Centre


Open Doors is proudly supported by

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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. 

Words and Music 12.30pm – 1.30pm
With Stravinsky influenced by literature in much of his musical works, and Shostakovich's Leningrad inspiring works of both non-fiction and fiction, NZSO with panelists Ariana Tikao, Tayi Tibble and Sam Duckor Jones partner with Verb Wellington to explore the connection between the two art forms through a discussion with New Zealand writers on how music has influenced their work. 

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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
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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.