NZSO on the bludge

Have a listen to this rubbish, a bunch of bludgers writing and playing music for a made up celebration dreamed up by another bunch of bludgers.

Justin DuFresne talks to composer Eve De Castro-Robinson about tonight’s New Zealand Symphony Orchestra performance of The Planets, in honour of Matariki. 

It is nothing more nor less than PR for a bunch of bludging ratbags that stick their hands out wanting us to give them a subsidy of about $150 a ticket to their unviable shows, rather than spend it on health care or alleviating poverty or education.

At one point the composers says she takes risks…what tosh…there is no risk to taxpayer funded composing.


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  • williamabong

    It’s a made up festival to suck up to the brown folks, which is totally within the NZSO mandate as it’s a made up festival to suck up to the rich white folks.
    Wouldn’t it be great to see “NZSO sponsored by Burger King” splattered all over their instruments, suck it up boys it’s the sort of shit the rest of us have put up with for years.
    Of course the other option would be for the “music lovers” to reach into their own pockets, instead of mine, to fund their wankfest, fat chance.

  • philbest

    I can just see the brown folks queuing up to listen to a classic work by Gustav Holst to celebrate “Matariki” (which means nothing to most brown folks anyway). This is “cringing white liberal” or “crony capitalism” territory.

    • AnonWgtn

      I once lived in the village where Holst wrote much of the Planet Suite.
      What the hell has Matariki, which was only created by the Lange Government some 20 years ago got to do with this music.
      The Greeks called it Pleiades some thousand years before Maori was invented.

    • andrew carrot

      I suspect this is the recently discovered version for nose-flute.

      • philbest

        Star soloist will no doubt be that great reviver of “the Maori instrumental tradition” Richard Nunn? (A white academic). No criticism intended of Richard Nunn. Was it white academics who discovered and “revived” Matariki too?

  • Saccharomyces

    If it ain’t worth paying for it ain’t worth doing, and if the orchestra can’t find enough people to pay to see them play their outmoded instruments then they can pack up and fuck off as far as I’m concerned.

    Planety of people pay good money to see performances all the time, look at the billings at Vector on any week you wish to, packed.

    Your music is dead, and why should we all be paying for your little hobby?

    As for Matariki, what the shit is that all about. It seems to have been dreamt up in the last 10 years or so. What a load of bollocks. Just another shake-down by the “culture” crowd.

  • PlanetOrphan

    You simply can’t appreciate a symphony unless you hear at 192kHz or more.
    Of course you could go hear one live …. if the orchestra still exists that is.
    All music should be heard on DVD or better these days, and yes you need a home theater that has 192kHz dsp’s or better
    (394 is almost a standard for A grade these days, they’ll be talking 480-600kHz soon)

  • GregM

    The few times I have been to see NZSO it was mind blowingly good. Would I pay the ticket price if it wasn’t subsidised? No. This Matariki bullshit is making people ask ” why are we subsidising this?” Bit of an own goal by the NZSO really.

  • Steve (North Shore)

    The constellation is Subaru, stick your Matariki where the global warming sun does not shine

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    My aunty Helen would have been proud to attend such shows….hmmmm those were the good days of NZ music and Government….

    • Hazards001

      Ahhh yes…sigh..the stirring renditions of The Internationale..the artistic merits of portaloos that played musical chimes and the works of art signed by others.

      Oh how we yearn for the tromp of the feminazi jackboot as it tramples democracy and good sense in a frenzied cacophony of bribes to the useless the indignant and the ungrateful.

      How we miss the orgiastic days of rape and molestation in cabinet ministers flats and the drunken antics of ACC ministers driving home from cultural events such as bars and restaurants. Gosh I could go on and on but I fear the reminiscence of our glorious past has left me teary eyed (mostly from the fact that thinking of those self righteous cunts with their taxpayer funded arts degrees made me wanna punch something)

    • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

      Back when she felt the need to be around other fraudulent, vacuous and pretentious people who’ve never had a real job, huh? With her UN job, attending one of these show is utterly superfluous.

  • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

    It sounds like they’re predominantly multi-instrumentalists, but their specialties are the skin flute and the male organ.