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Rufus Wainwright


Thu 28 Oct 2010, 7:00pm

Where: Christchurch Town Hall, 86 Kilmore St, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

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“Complex, melodramatic, ambitious, vain, beautiful and frequently magnificent!”
The Observer

“A single piano is all that’s needed to show off his immense vocal talent.”

“With Wainwright's resounding tenor proving a thing of power and beauty live, it was some enchanted evening.”
NZ Herald Sold Out 2008 Performance Review.

If you’ve ever been promised the world dear reader; here’s the next best thing. An intimate evening of solo splendour with the devastating Rufus Wainwright – featuring nothing more than a grand piano, a folder full of rich, thoughtful songs, and that voice.

As supporters of Rufus will know, these concerts are a special thank you to his loyal and understanding New Zealand fans who had bought tickets expecting to see Rufus perform solo in February 2010. Shows which were sadly cancelled due to a family illness earlier this year, but Rufus made a promise to return to New Zealand later in 2010.

The passing away of his mother and “greatest admirer and critic”, legendary folksinger Kate McGarrigle, in January this year, and the enduring admiration for his sister, folk-rocker Martha Wainwright, are themes that pervade much of Rufus Wainwright’s breathtaking sixth studio album: ‘All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu’.

This is an album steeped in beauty, with hugely personal and deeply emotional songs, each channeled through Wainwright via only his fingers, voice and piano.

In a message to his New Zealand fans, Rufus Wainwright said: “ This year has been the toughest yet for me and my family with the passing of my amazing mother Kate McGarrigle, and I'm definitely in need of some sweet down under sun and smiles. Though it may appear at the outset that my new album and show are quite dark, don't be alarmed, I'm no fool and will always make sure to ensure a well rounded evening: be prepared to laugh as well as cry your little eyes out. Love Rufus.”

Audiences can expect music drawn from his entire career alongside the new record which features the arresting ‘Who Are You New York?’, Wainwright’s ode to the city; the beautiful ‘Martha’, a spare and powerful track named for his sister; ‘Les Feux d’artifice t’appellent’ – the final aria from his debut opera ‘Prima Donna’; and ‘Zebulon’, a majestic song about one of Wainwright’s high school sweethearts.

Reactions from fans and critics alike have been universally positive. About All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu, Q Magazine has said, “It’s a flabbergasting, intense album that demands intense listening.” While All Music Guide agreed the record is “a bold, absolutely emotionally naked statement that retains Wainwright’s devastating talent for artful, universally compelling songcraft.”

Surprise your loved one(s) with tickets to something truly wonderful and intimate and do not delay in securing your tickets for this very special concert delivered by the man Elton John calls “the greatest songwriter on the planet.” As we said earlier this year – if the 2008 Rufus Wainwright New Zealand tour is anything to go by – his return in 2010 will no doubt be the absolute musical highlight of your calendar year!

“One thing you should know about Rufus Wainwright: he's absolutely devastating live.”

Tickets for all shows go on sale Wednesday 16th June, 9am

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