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NZSO Performance: New Traditions – Art and Music of Aotearoa

Spend an evening in the Rita Angus: New Zealand Modernist exhibition, and hear NZSO musicians perform music by the emerging New Zealand composers of her time.

  • When | Āhea Thu 7 Apr 2022, 7.00pm–9.00pm
  • Where | Ki hea
    Toi Art, Level 4
  • Cost | Te utu Free event

At the same time Rita Angus was developing her distinctive painting style, New Zealand music was finding its own voice.

In September 1954, in a letter to composer Douglas Lilburn, she wrote, “Listened to concert of NZ composers last Saturday evening – music seems to be planted in this country.”

At this special evening viewing of the Rita Angus: New Zealand Modernist exhibition, musicians from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra perform a programme that celebrates this moment of growth for New Zealand music.

You are invited to listen to the performances, and wander the exhibition galleries during extended evening hours.

The full repertoire will be announced on this page closer to the event date.

  • 7.00pm Doors open
  • 7.30pm Performance starts

This concert will be without an interval.

This event is part of a week-long series celebrating Rita Angus’ relationship to music. The series also features a new jazz composition by Quentin Angus, and a Saturday daytime performance by the NZSO.

Under the Covid-19 protection framework (aka the traffic light system) all visitors to Te Papa will need to be double vaccinated.

See our Covid-19 information page for more information about what to expect when you visit Te Papa.

A symphony orchestra playing music together


NZSO performing at Te Papa, 2009. Photo by Michael Hall, Te Papa (43827)