REVIEW: TWSO – Rob in da Hood

What:              “Rob in da Hood”

Who:               Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra

When:             Sunday 25 August

Where:            The Meteor Theatre

Conductor:      Rupert D’Cruze

Narrator:         Brooke Baker

Reviewer:       Sam Edwards

We need increased audiences. Right now. The management and membership of Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra knows that, and are successfully establishing an annual event as a Hamilton tradition, an all comers concert where the youngest members of the audience have not yet had a first birthday and they were there on Sunday. already turning into people who have a passion for music. That same passion existed in the orchestra as they enjoyed this audience, smiling as they played, and working to the littlies with all the pleasure of performers who love what they do. They built their introduction to the classics around such diverse works as Strauss’s foot tapping, hand clapping Radetzky March and Henry Mancini’s Pink Panther theme, and played  to this group with the same attention and perfection they bring to a full blown classical concert. It was scene so appropriately figured in the first stanza of the Mancini lyrics.

When we played our charade
We were like children posing
Playing at games, acting out names
Guessing the parts we played…

Wide eyed kids on cushions. Kids dancing in the aisles and on their mums and dads.  Littlies and not so littlies moving to the music, completely absorbed. Kids and parents having so much fun that when the small fry come of age they will remember this concert in such nostalgic comments as “When we were little we always went to the  TWSO concerts and sat on cushions and did clapping and Sharon laughed out loud every time the trombones blew off… “ If there is nothing else we do, let us nurture that audience with everything we can offer them.

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