Special Offer from the NZSO — 22.04.13

A special offer for the Arts Foundation from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for their 'Hear and Far' concerts

Special Offer to the Arts Foundation - HEAR AND FAR  with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra


The NZSO celebrates home-grown contemporary compositions, alongside the works of international composers, in this fresh branding initiative dedicated to Modern Masters.  

American composer John Adams' wonderfully strange, yet riveting piece, Harmonielehre, shares a complementary vitality and vibrancy with fellow Pacific composer, John Psathas' work for choir and orchestra, Orpheus in Rarohenga.

Composed in 2002, Orpheus in Rarohenga shares Harmonielehre's dramatic, "larger than life" quality.

"It's like a movie without the visuals," says New Zealand composer John Psathas. "It's storytelling on a grand scale."

Constructed in three movements, Psathas' major oratorio tells a unique tale of Captain James Cook's 1769 voyage to the Southern Hemisphere, ostensibly to view the Transit of Venus but which also resulted in the European discovery of the islands of New Zealand. This voyage, and its resulting historical ramifications, are literally merged with the journey by the mythical figure of Orpheus to the Underworld.

Respected New Zealand poet Robert Sullivan, of Ngā Puhi and Irish descent, was commissioned to write the book-length poem Captain Cook in the Underworld as the libretto for Psathas' Orpheus in Rarohenga. The poem offers fresh perspectives on the familiar story of Cook's Pacific explorations with its broad bi-cultural (European/Polynesian) frame of references and bold risk-taking approach.

Commissioned to mark the 50th anniversary of one of New Zealand's most accomplished choral ensembles, the Orpheus Choir of Wellington, this NZSO performance will feature New Zealand soprano Jenny Wollerman, tenor Richard Greager, bass-baritone Paul Whelan, and successful New Zealand conductor Tecwyn Evans.

Enjoy the best of New Zealand with the best of the world and experience the voice of Aotearoa as it resonates with international voices in this innovative NZSO concert series Hear & Far.

The NZSO is delighted to offer The Arts Foundation Friends and Associates a 20% discount off single ticket prices - tickets from $24. BOOK AT TICKETEK (Wellington only) (0800 TICKETEK, 0800 842538) or THE EDGE TICKETING (Auckland only) 0800 BUYTICKETS, (0800 289842).  Phone and Counter Bookings only (service fees apply).  ASK FOR SYMPHONY20 DISCOUNTS WHEN BOOKING