Music to the ears
Talking pigs, pirates, wizards and angry birds are not normally associated with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra.
But this Sunday the orchestra is doing something different and teaming up with renowned organist Tim Noon for a free family afternoon of film and show tunes along with symphony music.
Musicians will perform well-known songs from films Babe, Pirates of the Caribbean and Harry Potter as well as the theme tune from the popular game Angry Birds.
Mr Noon's performance of the final movement of Camille Saint-Saens' famous organ symphony, best recognised as the theme song from Babe, will be his first as a soloist with the orchestra.
"It's a pretty exciting piece," the director of music at Parnell's Holy Trinity Cathedral says.
"You can get a real sense of what the organ sounds like and the power of its range of sounds.
"Where else are people going to experience that if not through a concert like this?"
The afternoon will be a great chance to showcase Auckland Town Hall's refurbished pipe organ, he says.
"It's thrilling to hear the instrument doing battle with the orchestra and hold its own.
"Any child that experiences that will remember it forever."
Mr Noon first tried his hand at organ playing when he was 11 and says organists are not always seen as cutting edge musicians.
"I suppose there is an assumption that all organists are over the age of 75," he says.
"But some of us even have our own teeth."
He is on a crusade to make the organ more widely heard.
"It would be great to get more young people to experience the instrument and come along to the concert to be inspired."
The orchestra music director Peter Thomas says the concert is a good chance to see symphony music in a relaxed environment and will appeal to children as well as adults.
"The organ at the town hall is so impressive kids will be blown away just by that," he says.
"It's a great community event that gives everyone a chance to experience symphony music in a relaxed environment."
The free concert will be held at 2.30pm this Sunday at the Auckland Town Hall.
East And Bays Courier