Sensing Music – our history

In August 2017, Orchestras Central presented  ‘Sensing Music’ –  a weekend of orchestral music that celebrated the breadth of talent in our community, and gave audiences the chance to enjoy performances in new, exciting and sometimes challenging ways.
Orchestral music can engage all the senses and this ‘feast’ encouraged existing music lovers,  and those new or curious,  to come an experience Orchestral music in fresh exciting ways. There was also plenty of opportunity for musicians of all ‘ages and stages’ to get involved as participants.
The ultimate goal is to see  more people than ever before come and enjoy playing with us, and more still to put Orchestra event attendance on their ‘must do’ entertainment list…Each part of the weekend had a focus on a difference sense – to listen, to see, to touch, and to taste and smell (yes really!), and the experience to truly immerse the audience (FEEL) using all their senses.
Events included ‘Sonoscopia – a collaboration between visual artist Paul Bradley,and OCTavo – Paul literally ‘painted what he heard as a new composition by Jeremy Mayall was performed.
The Youth Orchestra held a ‘jam’ for players age 12-20 on Friday night in the Meteor ‘Black Box’ and Saturday afternoon was filled with workshops for musicians and new conductors. Saturday night played host to a unique ‘Music in the Round’ concert featuring high quality local talent.  The programme included music from the 18th century to the present day, and featured the NZ premiere of Maxim Goulet’s ‘Symphonic Chocolates’ . Performed in a Round style,the audience were immersed in the experience.  Tickets for this event are strictly limited.
Sunday morning brunch comprised an all-comer Brunch as 40 ‘ Rusty Players’ gatheed for a chance to play  as they enjoy the tastes and smells of the cafe.
Rounding off the weekend was our Sunday afternoon family concert.  Beginning with an invitation to see the ‘inner workings’ of an orchestra, families had opportunity to get up close and personal with our musicians and their instruments before enjoying a  new production, written especially for our Orchestra, by a local author.  The Pied Piper of Pirongia tells the story of a wily stranger who has more than the eradication of possums on his mind!  A standing room only audience enjoyed the production which was narrated by Graeme Cairns and had been performed by the Orchestra earlier in August to more than 1500 school children at our annual Education Concerts’’.
The weekend of activities was held at The Meteor and was presented with the generous support of Creative New Zealand

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