BENEE is teaming up with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in Wellington and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in Auckland for a season of spectacular shows that will bring her award-winning songs to life. The rising star of New Zealand music will deliver new arrangements from platinum hits like ‘Glitter’, ‘Soaked’ and the worldwide smash ‘Supalonely’ accompanied by 66 pieces orchestra, joined by guest vocalists.
At the end of 2020, 21-year old Stella Bennett released a debut album Hey U X! and now looks forward to an exciting moment as she continues her eclectic musical journey. Some of the names featured on this new record include Lily Allen, Grimes and US rapper Flo Milli; BENEE has even extended herself by teaming up with our premier orchestras and foremost conductor Hamish McKeich for some tracks.
BENEE’s songs have been freshly arranged into unique orchestral settings by Claire Cowan, a current leading light on the New Zealand composition scene. The diversity of styles and depth & detail of production in BENEE’s songs make an enticing musical treat for fans of both her music and orchestra.”We’ve gone from Disney to James Bond,” says Claire Cowan. “It gives audience members really dynamic show full surprises!”
NZSO Chief Executive Peter Biggs says, “The national orchestra has a proud history of collaborating across genres with many exceptional artists – from Sting on his 2011 world tour to recent projects with The Phoenix Foundation, Tami Neilson and Maisey Rika. We’re excited about what we can create together onstage.”
APO Chief Executive, Barbara Glaser says: “We identified BENEE as a young Kiwi artist we were very keen to work with back in 2019 before COVID struck. These events are part of our APO Session Series which has previously seen sell out shows with LEISURE and TEEKS earlier this year. It’s therefore exciting that today I’m able to announce the addition of special guest BENEE at Auckland venue The Tuning Fork.”