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Sun 1 Dec 2013, 5:00pm–7:00pm

Where: Raye Freedman Arts Centre, Silver Rd, Epsom, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $35.00
  • Senior: $25.00
  • Student: $15.00
  • Child: $0.00 ($0.00)
  • Additional fees may apply


Concert number six - Voice of the Whale.

- Olivier Messiaen
- Le Merle Noir
- George Crumb
- Vox Balaenae
- Michel van der Aa
- Mask
- John Adams
- Fearful Symmetries

Ornithologist and composer Olivier Messiaen transcribed birdsong from all over the world. Flautist Adrianna Lis brings her characteristic warmth and lustrous tone to Messiaen's La Merle Noir, a work based entirely on blackbird song.

Don't miss this opportunity to hear George Crumb's intensely moving, breathtakingly beautiful Vox Balaenae ('the voice of the whale'), performed by three masked musicians complete with 'seagulling' cello. Michel van der Aa's Mask is a work rich with musical layers which are habitually revealed and submerged. Listen out for gaffer tape and metronome cameo appearances. ACO concludes the 2013 season with the infectiously toe-tapping chugging pulse of Fearful Symmetries by the undisputed powerhouse of 21st century composition, John Adams. Hot on the heels of Nixon in China, Adams describes this work as being "closely allied to pop and minimalist rock... the sound has a distinctly urban feel."

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