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NZSO brings music to young and old in Gisborne this week

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra knows that music appeals to young and old, which is why five of its players will perform two special hour-long concerts in Gisborne on 7 September.

NZSO Section Principal Emeritus Percussion Bruce McKinnon, Principal Bass Clarinet Rachel Vernon, cellist Roger Brown, Sub-Principal Trumpet Mark Carter and Bass Malcolm Struthers will perform at Kiri Te Kanawa Retirement Village and Gisborne Intermediate School.

The NZSO has tailored the two concerts for their respective audiences. For Rymans Healthcare Kiri Te Kanawa Retirement Village, the performance will feature classic big band and jazz-influenced music from Glenn Miller and George Gershwin, some sing-a-longs and classical favourites.

The performance at Gisborne Intermediate to more than 400 students will include an introduction to each player’s instrument, some light classical favourites and pop arrangements.

Mr McKinnon says the concerts are an important part of the NZSO’s community engagement around the country, giving New Zealanders of all ages an opportunity to enjoy live music.

The Gisborne community has helped, with Rod Husband and the team at Gisborne Motors sponsoring two vehicles for the players to use to transport themselves and their instruments to each concert.

The Kiri Te Kanawa Retirement Village concert is from 11am, 7 September at 12 Gwyneth Pl, Gisborne.

The Gisborne Intermediate concert is from 1.45pm, 7 September at 156 Roebuck Rd, Gisborne.


Media are welcome to attend one or both performances. For further information and to arrange interviews, please contact:

Tom Cardy | Publicist

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra | Te Tira Pūoro o Aotearoa
M +64 275 745 294