The NZSO will be presenting concerts and in-school workshops as a part of our adventurous new Setting Up Camp series touring Palmerston North, Tauranga, Hamilton and Wellington in March, 2020.

Hamish McKeich will be leading the orchestra through a series of free and engaging concerts designed to give insight into the inner workings of the orchestra, its sounds, sights and ability to express ideas and emotions through music. Please email to register your interest.

SCHOOL CONCERTS: The Composer is Dead 

music by Nathaniel Stookey with text by Lemony Snicket

Nathaniel Stookey’s The Composer is Dead is a darkly comical orchestral piece with text by Lemony Snicket. This compelling and educational work is narrated by an Inspector who examines each instrument as suspects in a murder mystery, introducing the audience to their sounds and even their curious temperaments. Stookey’s score is sophisticated with an introductory death motif in the brass section that permeates the whole work, concluding with a funeral march that references 12 major composers throughout history.

Composer note:  “I hope I’m not giving away too much by saying that The Composer is Dead ends with a funeral march… Classical composers have always had a preoccupation with death, partly because we are human, like you, partly because we grapple with the mysteries of the universe, partly because death sells records and always has… Someday you’ll be able to tell your grandchildren that you appreciated a living composer before that living compose became, like all composers, dead.” 

Librettist note:  “I have been asked if I might say a word or two about the text of The Composer Is Dead, and the one or two words are "Boo hoo." The story — which, as far as I know, is absolutely true — is so heartbreakingly glum that I cannot imagine that you will be able to listen to it without dabbing at your tears with a nearby handkerchief.”

Lower Hutt, Wellington
Thu 5 Mar, 10am | 11:30am
Wellington Lower Hutt Events Centre

Palmerston North
Fri 6 Mar, 1:00pm
Regent on Broadway 

Tue 10 Mar, 1:30pm
Baycourt Theatre

Thu 12 Mar, 1:30pm
Claudelands Arena