Songs from a New Zealand River
Thu 19 Sep 2013,
Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa, Level 5
Enjoy an evening of music inspired in part by Michael Parekowhai’s piano,He kōrero pūrākau mo te awanui o te motu: story of a New Zealand river, and the WhanganuiRiver.
The programme features a musical setting of James K Baxter’s poems, written at the Whanganui River community of Jerusalem (Hiruhārama), and works by Douglas Lilburn, whose Whanganui childhood inspired some of his best-known pieces.
The evening also features music for piano, voice, cello, and flute from around the world, including Betty Roe’s ‘Four Shakespeare Songs’, John Corigliano’s settings of Irish folk songs, Kenneth Leighton’s ‘Elegy for Cello’ and more.
Curator Megan Tamati-Quennell opens the evening with an introduction to Michael Parekowhai and He kōrero pūrākau mo te awanui o te motu: story of a New Zealand river.
About the performers
Sam is a graduate of Oxford University, England. He currently teaches piano, organ, and singing at WanganuiCollegiateSchool. His musical setting of James K Baxter’s poems has been specially arranged for this performance.
Bianca is a Freemasons Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist with NZ Opera. She is considered one of New Zealand’s most promising young singers.
Hannah Catrin Jones
Hannah is studying at the New Zealand School of Music towards a Bachelor of Music in Performance (Voice).
Ingrid is a flautist and a founding member of the contemporary music group Lontano. She has tutored flute at Waikato University and the New Zealand School of Music.
Elena is a Year 13 student at Wanganui High School. She has been a member of the NZ Secondary Schools Symphonic Orchestra, and hopes to continue her cello studies at the New Zealand School of Music.