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CMNZ Letters from Iraq

Where: Civic Theatre, 88 Tay St, Invercargill, Southland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult - plus fees: $46.00
  • Child - plus fees: $15.00
  • Concessions - plus fees: $39.00
  • Buy Tickets – (03) 211 1692
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Civic Theatre

Love and loss. Home and hope. Iraqi-American composer and oud player, Rahim AlHaj and percussionist Nicholas Baker joins NZSQ and double bassist, Joan Perarnau Garriga, with Letters from Iraq.

AlHaj's musical response expressing the love and pain of lives lived by the people of war-torn Iraq. Actual mailed letters and their stories are transposed into eight gripping programmatic compositions.

AlHaj, a man with first-hand knowledge of oppression under Saddam Hussein's regime and a deep love for the people of his native Iraq, tells a specific tale with each piece. To listen is to experience the reality of a nation, to feel heartbreak, loss, and the day-to-day journeys of so many Iraqi citizens. An inspired and loving tribute to people in dire conditions, but who still press forward.

He says, "Music can make us laugh, make us cry, make us march into war. I want to make music to make us realize peace." These works are of deep emotion and great beauty, melding mastery of Iraqi and Western classical genres alike to form something entirely new.

Programme highlights
Barber | String Quartet in B minor, Op. 11
Rahim Alhaj | 'Letters From Iraq'

The Musicians:
- Rahim Alhaj Oud
- Helene Pohl Violin
- Gillian Ansel Viola
- Monique Lapin Violin
- Rolf Gjelsten Cello
- Joan Perarnau Garriga Double Bass
- Nicholas Baker Percussion

Genre
Contemporary Classical, Middle Eastern

Event information:
For further information please contact the ICC Ticketing Office, 101 Esk Street, Invercargill, Phone (03) 211 1692.

Adults
Tickets apply to ages 18 years and over.

Children
Tickets apply to 5-17 years.

Concessions
Applies to Senior Citizens, Tertiary Students and the Unwaged. Suitable ID may be requested upon entry.

Student Rush
Tertiary Students $10.00 (plus fees) on the night of the performance only. ID is required.

Groups of 6
$216.00 (plus fees) when you book a group of six adults.

"5 for 40" School Groups
$40.00 (plus fees) when you book a school group of five (one teacher/adult and four children) on the night of the performance only.

Pre-Concert Talk
A free pre-concert talk will take place 45 minutes prior to the performance start time. These are a great way to discover more about the performance.

Wheelchair Spaces
Please contact the ICC Ticketing Office to book your space.

Drinks & Snacks
Available to purchase pre-show only.

Show Running Time
1 hour 20 minutes approx. (no interval).

Box Office
Our main doors open one hour prior to the performance start time for Box Office ticket sales (subject to availability).

Photography & Filming
Not permitted.

Pick-up Tickets
Internet or phone purchased pick-up tickets will be available for collection from the ICC Ticketing, 101 Esk Street, Invercargill, after 2.30pm the day following your purchase (on business working days). Any uncollected tickets, or tickets purchased for pick-up on the day of the event, can be collected from the venue in the hour before the event commences.

Important
Tickets to all events at the Civic Theatre must be purchased from Ticket Rocket or an affiliated local agency. Tickets purchased through a third party or unauthorised seller will result in tickets being void and your entry into the event being restricted.

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