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In Remembrance: NZSM Orchestra


Thu 29 Sep 2011, 7:30pm

Where: Wellington Town Hall, 111 Wakefield St, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • A: Adults: $39.00
  • A: Concession (seniors, students): $20.00
  • B: Adults: $29.00
  • B: Concession (seniors, students): $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply

In Remembrance - Facing conflict through music.

The New Zealand School of Music Orchestra presents a concert on the 70th anniversary of the Babi Yar massacre.

Anthony Ritchie: Remember Parihaka
Ernest Bloch: Schelomo for solo cello and orchestra
John Psathas: Luminous
Boris Pigovat: Requiem 'The Holocaust' for solo viola and orchestra

Music, as a response to conflict and trauma, has the power to express what cannot easily be put into words. It can cross boundaries of language, race, culture and time. Through music, conflicts of the past can be given an immediate relevance to the present, allowing us to remember and to respond anew. Music can confront. Music can uplift, transform and transcend. Music can heal.

On 29 September 1941, 34,000 Jewish civilians were murdered by Nazi forces at Babi Yar, a ravine in Kiev, Ukraine. In this concert, on this significant date, the New Zealand School of Music Orchestra conducted by Kenneth Young will perform the Requiem ‘The Holocaust’ written by Boris Pigovat in remembrance of his grandparents and aunt who were victims of the massacre.The work is for solo viola and orchestra, and NZSM Associate Director Professor Donald Maurice will take the solo role.

The concert also includes 'Schelomo' (Solomon) by Ernest Bloch for solo cello and orchestra, a work written in response to the horrors of World War I. The soloist will be Inbal Megiddo, NZSM’s newly appointed lecturer in cello.

Never forget. Never again.

The two other works featuring in the programme give a New Zealand context to the theme of facing conflict through music: Anthony Ritchie’s 'Remember Parihaka' responds to the 1881 conflict between Taranaki Maori and British soldiers; and John Psathas’s 'Luminous' is in memory of a friend overwhelmed by the cultural dislocation she experienced immigrating to this country from China.

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