The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) will play a concert of familiar classical hits in Whangarei later this month as part of its Classical Hits tour of nine centres.

Concertgoers will be treated to a number of works that have been embraced by popular culture. From Johann Strauss Jr's stately Blue Danube Waltz - which features in the Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey - to the galloping blast of Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries, famously played in the 1979 film Apocalypse Now.

Classical Hits will be conducted by British-born James Judd, the NZSO's music director emeritus.

•The concert, Forum North, September 27, is suitable for ages 6 and up. Tickets from $15 through 0800 842 538 or