Our World - Music and the Environment

20 Aug 2023 7:00 PM

A beautifully curated performance of music and words reflecting on the environment and our world. The evocative Ngā hā o neherā by Dame Gillian Whitehead opens the concert before a journey to France that incorporates Messiaen’s deep interest in birdsong. Returning to Aotearoa for the winning composition from the 2022 Composer Workshop, followed by Anthony Ritchie's Octopus depicting the fluid and graceful movements and journey of that mysterious sea creature.

Then to the American continent for George Crumb’s Vox Balaenae inspired by whale songs that incorporates special lighting and theatrical effects, before heading home again for Gareth Farr’s Waipoua in a recollection of the overwhelming sight of Tane-Mahuta, the giant Kauri.

The evening is rounded out back in Europe with two movements from Beethoven’s Septet. "This is my creation!" Beethoven exclaimed at the premiere, having in mind Joseph Haydn's great oratorio "The Creation", which had been completed a year earlier.

Tickets: Adult: $40.50 | Child (14 years & under): $8 | Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) (Admits 4): $89 | Concession (Senior): $35.50 | Student (Primary/Secondary/Tertiary): $18.50

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