Same sounds, different ears: The universal joy of classical music
Sunday 21 July 2019
Orchestral music performance is an art form, but how do you engage with something you’ve never experienced before? Samiyah Alghamdi and Anna Knox attend NYO Celebrates in Wellington and unpack what they hear.
The National Youth Orchestra and the New Zealand Youth Choir were performing as part of the NZSO’s 2019 Podium Series, which was the perfect moment for a cultural exchange. Samiyah is from the Azir region of Saudi Arabia, so I was partly returning the hospitality Saudis had shown me when I lived there; they showed me unique aspects of Saudi culture, and I wanted to do the same. I was also curious.