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NZSO presents: Spirit of ANZAC


Fri 22 Apr 2016, 7:00pm

Where: Auckland Town Hall - Great Hall, 303 Queen St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages


Supported by the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board

Proud to commemorate the WWI Centenary.

Hamish Mckeich Conductor
Madeleine Pierard Soprano

Frederick Septimus Kelly In Memoriam Rupert Brooke
George Butterworth A Shropshire Lad
Ross Harris Symphony No.2

Concert duration: Approx. 1 hr 10 min

We continue to commemorate the centenary of the First World War in this special concert of remembrance and thanksgiving. Australian composer Frederick Septimus Kelly wrote his string elegy, In memoriam Rupert Brooke, from a tent while stationed at Gallipoli.

It was the poetry of A. E. Housman and his evocative portraits of the English countryside that inspired George Butterworth’s profound orchestral rhapsody, A Shropshire Lad. Butterworth also died in 1916 during the long, brutal struggle for the Somme.

This programme continues its thread of poetry with Ross Harris’ frightening and beautiful Symphony No. 2, recalling another difficult part of our history. This work, with settings of poems by Vincent O’Sullivan, remembers those soldiers who were executed for desertion and features the intensely expressive voice of soprano Madeleine Pierard.

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