LETTERS FROM IRAQ

Rahim AlHaj with the NZSQ

ABOUT

“Unique combination of traditional and innovative performance techniques. AlHaj’s spontaneous inventions are constantly fascinating.”

 – Los Angeles Times

Love and loss. Home and hope. Grammy-winning Iraqi-American composer and oud player, Rahim AlHaj leads the New Zealand String Quartet, double bassist Joan Perarnau Garriga and percussionist Justin DeHart to perform Letters from Iraq.

AlHaj, a man with first-hand knowledge of oppression and torture under Saddam Hussein’s regime and a deep love for the people of his native Iraq, recounts a specific story with each piece. To listen is to experience the heartbreak, loss, and day-to-day journeys of so many Iraqi citizens. An inspired and loving tribute to people in dire conditions, who still press forward.

PROGRAMME

SAMUEL BARBER
String Quartet, op. 11

RAHIM ALHAJ
Dream (solo oud)

RAHIM ALHAJ
Letters from Iraq
Letter 1. Eastern Love – Sinan
Letter 2. Forbidden Attraction – Tiama
Letter 3. Running Boy – Fuad
Letter 4. The Last Time We Will Fly Birds – Riyadh
Letter 6. Unspoken Word – Laila
Letter 7. Fly Home – Fatima

THE PERFORMERS

Rahim AlHaj oud
Justin DeHart hand percussion
Helene Pohl violin
Monique Lapins violin
Gillian Ansell viola
Rolf Gjelsten cello
Joan Perarnau Garriga double bass

MEDIA

INFORMATION

TOUR DATES
5 – 19 October 2022

DURATION
90 minutes including an interval

LOCATIONS
Invercargill, Dunedin, Christchurch, Nelson, Wellington, Palmerston North, New Plymouth, Hamilton, Auckland & Havelock North

PRICE RANGE*
$32 to $54
Limited $10 ‘Rush Tickets’ available

*prices differ city to city and exclude ticketing and booking fees.

GENRE
Contemporary, Romantic

WHEN AND WHERE

INVERCARGILL

Wed 5 Oct at 7.30pm

Civic Theatre

DUNEDIN

Thu 6 Oct at 7.30pm

Glenroy Auditorium

CHRISTCHURCH

Sat 8 Oct at 7.30pm

The Piano

NELSON

Sun 9 Oct at 7.30pm

Nelson Centre for Musical Arts

WELLINGTON

Tue 11 Oct at 7.30pm

Public Trust Hall

PALMERSTON NORTH

Wed 12 Oct at 7.30pm

The Globe

NEW PLYMOUTH

Thu 13 Oct at 7.30pm

TSB Showplace

HAMILTON

Sat 15 Oct at 7.30pm

Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts

AUCKLAND

Mon 17 Oct at 7.30pm

Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall

HAVELOCK NORTH

Wed 19 Oct at 7.30pm

Blyth Performing Arts Centre