Fairytales & Broomsticks

Harry Potter, Hänsel & Gretel and more

Join the NZSO for a whānau-friendly concert of witches, wizards and and bedtime stories.

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Live events
Michael Fowler Centre
Wellington
Aug
11
2:00pm
Live events
Auckland Town Hall
Auckland
Aug
18
2:00pm

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Programme

Claire Cowan Selection from Hansel and Gretel
Humperdinck Selection from Hänsel and Gretel
Dvořák Noonday Witch
Selection from the Harry Potter film Soundtracks

Bring the kids on a trip to Fairyland with the NZSO! André de Ridder will work his magic over this entertaining musical romp for the whole family.

Hansel and Gretel, two intrepid child adventurers who encounter a candy house and a wicked witch, are immortalised in music by two different composers. New Zealander Claire Cowan wrote the music to RNZB’s hugely successful Hansel and Gretel ballet, while German composer Engelbert Humperdinck wrote his own blockbuster based on the same fairytale, the 1893 opera Hänsel und Gretel. While their music describes the plucky children, Dvořak’s tone poem The Noonday Witch describes – you guessed it – a terrifying witch. But John Williams’s score for the Harry Potter films reveals a world of friendly witches and wizards, ready to sweep you away on a magical adventure. 

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