RELAXED CONCERT

NZSO Relaxed Concerts are performances for audiences who may feel uncomfortable in a traditional concert environment.

Palmerston North
Fri 6 March 2.30pm 
The Regent on Broadway

Tauranga - NOTE: Wheelchair spaces in the Tauranga concert are now full. Other seating options are available, please contact education@nzso.co.nz for more information. 
Wed 11 March 11am
Baycourt Community & Arts Centre

Hamilton 
Fri 13 March 11am
Claudelands Arena 

These are free events. To register, complete this form if you’re interested in attending either of these concerts and please email to education@nzso.co.nz.

What is a Relaxed Concert?
NZSO relaxed concerts perform for audiences who may feel uncomfortable in a traditional concert environment.

This concert is particularly suited to people with autism, sensory and communication disorders or a learning disability. There is a relaxed attitude to noise and movement during the performance. Lighting effects are minimal and a ‘chill out’ space is available.

This concert is part of Setting Up Camp 2020 and features a selection of short works by Beethoven, Grieg, Glinka and Smetana

Preparing for the Concert
The NZSO has created this guide to help you prepare for the relaxed concert. This guide will be available from 24 February. 

Click here to hear these works on Spotify 

NZSO Relaxed Concert – FAQs

How is this different to a normal NZSO concert?
The NZSO relaxed concerts perform for audiences who may feel uncomfortable in a traditional concert environment. This concert is particularly suited to people with autism, sensory, auditory and communication disorders or a learning disability. There will be a relaxed attitude to noise and movement during the performance, lighting effects are minimal and a ‘chill out’ space is available.

What will happen at this concert?
The NZSO will perform the following works. This will take approx. 45min.
GRIEG Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46 I. Morning Mood, IV. In the Hall of the Mountain King
BEETHOVEN Egmont Overture, Op. 84a
SMETANA Vltava (The Moldau)
GLINKA Ruslan and Lyudmila Overture

Click here to hear these works on Spotify 

Once the performance has finished, you will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with some of our musicians and their instruments in the foyer at each of the venues.

What if we need to leave the auditorium during the performance?
These concerts have an open-door policy so don’t worry about disrupting others if you need to move around or leave the concert hall at any time during the performance. If you need to get away from the concert there will be a ‘chill-out’ space outside the main concert hall.

We’ve never been to the NZSO before. How can we prepare to attend the concert?
The NZSO has prepared a pre-concert guide outlining the whole experience of attending an NZSO Relaxed Concert. This will include a step-by-step guide to each of the venues and the special spaces we’re creating as part of this concert. This information will be available from 21 February at nzso.co.nz/relaxed-concert.

How do we get tickets for this event?
This concert is a free event and you must register prior to the event to secure your attendance. The NZSO will send tickets to you before the concert once you have registered.

To register for the Relaxed Concerts, please email education@nzso.co.nz or call 0800 479 674.

What are the venues the NZSO will be performing at?

For more information on Tauranga, click here.

For more information on Palmerston North, click here.

For more information on Hamilton, click here.

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