A state-of-the-art lighting system recently installed at the Hawke's Bay Opera House is set to be unveiled tonight.
The lighting console, known as Clarity LX600, was purchased by the opera house in a joint promotion with its manufacturer LSC Lighting Systems.
It will be showcased tonight at The House Warming, a live performance from Haumoana's Ben Throp and his band of Intimate Strangers.
Hawke's Bay Opera House's technical manager Henry Norton said the console was the first of its kind in New Zealand.
Because the console was software-based, it could be updated frequently and had "limitless potential", Mr Norton said.
The Opera House's lead technician Dane Fletcher said the LX600 is "the world's first true multimedia console".
The console boasted features which could save up to three hours of programming per gig, "allowing more time for creativity", Mr Fletcher said.
The occasion marks Throp's first appearance after a seven-year hiatus from the opera house and will be recorded live resulting in his third full-length album.