TAONGA MOANA | 4 – 19 OCTOBER

New Zealand

Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir
Dr Karen Grylls Music Director
Sara Brodie Director/Storyboard
Briar Grace-Smith Script Development
Tim and Michael Gruchy Audio Visuals

New Zealand’s premier national chamber choir Voices New Zealand perform a stunning musical and visual reminder about the beauty and importance of our oceans, essential to survival on our planet. This inspiring concert celebrates our oceans as taonga with uplifting and moving music from around the globe.

A newly commissioned work by New Zealand’s Warren Maxwell (composer of the glorious soundtrack to the Waka Odyssey in the 2018 NZ Festival) will capture his personal experiences of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica when spending time on the ice. Traversing the northern ocean currents, Finnish composer Jaakko Mäntyjärvi will create a new work about the Arctic Ocean.

A landscape of projected moving images will accompany the music. Created by multimedia artists Tim and Mic Gruchy whose visual designs have featured in works by the likes of Opera Australia, Sydney Theatre Company, New Zealand Festival and Australian Dance Theatre, this will be a spectacular audio visual celebration.

  • “For years we thought that the oceans were so vast and the inhabitants so infinitely numerous that nothing we could do could have an effect upon them. But now we know that was wrong…”

  • “… The oceans are under threat now as never before in human history. We can now destroy or we can cherish. The choice is ours.” – Sir David Attenborough

PROGRAMME

Taonga Moana
A love letter to the oceans

THE CALL OF THE KUAKA
KARAKIA OF THE STARS – David Hamilton (New Zealand)
FROBISHER BAY – James Gordon arr. Diane Loomer (Canada)
THE SEAFARER – Jaakko Mäntyjärvi (Finland)*
THE SORROW SONG OF WHALES – Jeff Enns (Canada)
Hind Mahaasaagar – Warren Maxwell (New Zealand)*
HENKATAN JIWA Ken Steven (Indonesia)
A DROP IN THE OCEAN – Eriks Esenvalds (Latvia)
OBSERVER IN THE MAGELLANIC CLOUD – Mason Bates (US)
HEI TE TAI TONGA – Warren Maxwell (New Zealand)*

* world premiere

CONCERT INFORMATION

Running Time
80 minutes with no interval

Pre-Concert Talk
A pre-concert talk will take place 45 minutes prior to the performance. These are a great way to discover more about what you’ll experience that night with details on location and speakers coming soon.

VIDEOS AND PHOTOS

DOWNLOADS

This is where you’ll find electronic versions of the programme and educational material, but there are currently no downloads available for this concert.

AUDIO DESCRIBED

Audio Described Concert

At this concert a trained audio describer will provide a live, objective description of the visual elements of performance during pauses in the music. The narration is transmitted to audience members who are wearing an earpiece, with the earpiece attached to a pocket-sized radio receiver. A touch tour prior to the concert will enable you to fully appreciate and visualise the stage setting, instruments and their placement on stage in relation to each other. For bookings, call 0800 CONCERT (266 2378).

WHEN AND WHERE

INVERCARGILL

4

October

DUNEDIN

5

October

CHRISTCHURCH

6

October

HAMILTON

11

October

NEW PLYMOUTH

12

October

Audio Described Concert

PALMERSTON NORTH

13

October

NAPIER

18

October

Audio Described Concert

NELSON

19

October

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