Grab the picnic basket – time for Classical Sparks 2014
Sparkles, space, stars and a symphony – it’s all happening at this year’s annual city favourite, ASB Classical Sparks, which is once more set to literally go off with a bang again this year this weekend on Saturday 1 February at 7:30pm.
The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra will be joined by Kiwi icons the Topp Twins for an evening packed with excellent music, laughter and the spectacular fireworks display that has made the annual event a highlight of the Garden City SummerTimes festival (and the summer in general).
Paul Kean, Christchurch City Council Events Business Coordinator, says the night will present a varied programme for all ages and tastes.
“As aficionados will expect, the music and musicianship will be first rate. This year’s concert is designed as a musical journey into outer space. Conductor Kenneth Young will lead the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra through Strauss’ Blue Danube Waltz as featured in 2001: A Space Odyssey, as well as other orchestral pieces such as the theme from The Onedin Line and Strauss’ Thunder and Lightning Polka.
“The big finale will feature John Williams’ epic Star Wars theme as the backdrop to the fireworks display,” he says. “But to stop everything getting too cosmic, we invited the Topp Twins to bring things back down to earth with some Kiwi humour.”
Donations to The Order of St John – ASB’s chosen charity – will be collected during the event to assist with the ambulance and other community services they provide.
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ASB Classical Sparks
Saturday 1 February 2014 (Postponed to Sunday 2 February if wet.)
7.30pm – 10pm
North Hagley Park, Harper Avenue end.
Public access from all areas of North Hagley Park.
Car parking available on rugby fields, with entrance off Riccarton Avenue ($3 parking charge.)
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