Following on from the sell-out success of ‘The Pied Piper of Pirongia’ in 2017, Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra presented a brand-new show, with an opportunity for audience to get up close and personal with the musicians and their instruments. Conducted by local conductor Oliver Barratt (also known for leading the Rusty Player Orchestra and conducting the WCCM Sinfonia) and featuring rising star Benny Marama as narrator and brave alien-catcher, ‘Max and the Alien’ is a thoroughly modern take on ‘Peter and the Wolf’. This original story written by Orchestras Central CEO Susan Trodden featured well known music from Mozart to Mission Impossible, with an opportunity to sing along with the orchestra.The concerts was performed for more than 1500 school children earlier in August, and was also livestreamed so that rural and isolated schools could take part. Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra is volunteer orchestra made up of musicians from around the Waikato.
The perfect opportunity to bring younger family members to experience the orchestra, with just enough humour to entertain older ones, along with a programme of exciting orchestral music that everyone will love, Max and the Alien was another memorable experience for young and old. Held at The Meteor Theatre on Sunday 9 September, the audience also took part in a special ‘journey through the Orchestral Galaxy’ where they will be encouraged to move through the orchestra and meet the musicians.
‘Max and the Alien’ is the final event in a weekend of orchestral activity held at the Meteor over the weekend of 7-9 September. An open night for young musicians, a full day of training for emerging conductors, a quiz night for musicians and their families, and the repeat of last years hugely successful ‘Rusty Brunch’ rounded out an exciting programme of activity that celebrates orchestral music in the Waikato.