Symphonic masterpieces, orchestrally arranged pop songs, and iconic film scores paired with fireworks will make Mitre10 Sparks a night to remember.
The all-ages concert featuring Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is being held in North Hagley Park this Saturday, 3 February.
The free, outdoor event is a favourite for music fans and perfect for a picnic says Christchurch City Council Manager Events and Arts Lucy Blackmore.
“Sparks is one of the biggest events in Christchurch over summer, and it’s always a special night with a lot of incredible talent to enjoy.
“This year, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra are joined by New Zealand popstar Annie Crummer, local singers, and talented, young cellist Richie Tu. We also have special guest conductor David Kay returning from Auckland to conduct the performance and MC the evening alongside John MacDonald from Newstalk ZB,” Ms Blackmore says.
“For pre-show entertainment, Ambush Brass – an 8-piece second line brass band – will warm up the crowds with a roaming performance from 6–7pm. They’ll be followed by a karakia and musical performance by local Māori artist Mahina, ahead of the 7.30pm start.”
The concert wraps up at 9.30pm after a fireworks finale. The ‘sparks’ are accompanied by CSO, which will perform a medley of two well-known film soundtracks composed by John Williams - the Superman theme and Raiders March from Indiana Jones.
Picnics and deck chairs are encouraged. A range of food vendors will be onsite.
Mitre10 Sparks is a smoke and vape-free event. Please leave dogs at home.
Getting to the event
The postponement date for the event is Sunday 4 February.