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NZSO joins capitals 150th birthday celebration

The NZSO is offering an extra special treat for Wellingtonians at the capital’s big birthday bash at the end of July – three free live performances of popular classical hits.

Experience the orchestral power of your national symphony orchestra in three exciting live performances of popular classical hits including Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, narrated by popular New Zealand composer Gareth Farr, Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Greensleeves, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumble Bee, and Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The event – called Capital 150 – marks the first sitting of Parliament in the city on 26 July, 1865, and will include free public access to more than 30 national institutes and shows.

In addition to three free concerts with the NZSO, it will include a tea party in the grounds of Parliament, and a light show alongside a headline performance by the Orpheus Choir and singer Dave Dobbyn.

Join the NZSO at the Banquet Hall in Parliament for FREE on Saturday 25 July. Booking is essential to secure your place.


11am – Peter and the Wolf

1pm – Fantastic Tales featuring eight classical hits

2.30pm – Peter and the Wolf

To book:

Secure your place at one of these performances by emailing or calling +64 817 9503. Please note, your booking is confirmed once you receive a confirmation email. For group bookings, individual names are required.

More about our event

More about Capital 150

See the Capital 150 map