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Supertonic presents North - an evening of enchanting choral music celebrating the joy in finding your way

Supertonic is delighted to announce its first concert for 2022: North. Join us on Saturday 18 June at Samuel Marsden Collegiate Auditorium for an evening of music celebrating the joy of finding yourself, finding your way and moving forward. We’re also thrilled to welcome a new music director for 2022: Virginie Pacheco.

North features a selection of pieces centred around the theme of self-discovery. The volatile nature of events across the globe in the past few years calls us to question the fundamental aspects of life: Who are we? Where are we going? And how do we get there? Supertonic will explore the idea of finding hope through uncertainty with songs that question our internal narrative, inspire us to seek truth, and help us to find our north.

The concert will feature pieces such as Dark Night of the Soul by Ola Gjeilo. Inspired by the grace and passion of a medieval poem, this extended work offers intense dramatic exchanges between choir, piano, and string quartet. Sentiments of stillness and peace are beautifully portrayed, making this a memorable work for both singers and audience, narrating the journey of the soul.

The audience will also be treated to Terre-Neuve by Marie-Claire Saindon, a love-letter to the powerful geology and ancient mysteries found on the east coast of Canada. Hussein Janmohanmed’s Sun on Water begins quietly as deep waters rumble underneath, while sonic layers reflect the yearning of the sun and water, like lover and beloved for each other. The concert will also feature Kim André Arnesen’s Even When He Is Silent, a powerful interpretation of text found written on a wall at a concentration camp after World War II. A credo for when everything is dark and difficult in your life, the song is about keeping faith: even if people take away your freedom, your friends, the people you love – they cannot take your meaning away from you.

This stunning repertoire has been curated by the choir’s new musical director, Virginie Pacheco. Virginie began her musical training in France, where she graduated with Honors from the University of Nancy with a Bachelor in Musicology. After completing diplomas in Recorder and music theory, Virginie settled in Montreal to pursue her Masters in Conducting at the Université de Sherbrooke. She quickly became an acclaimed emerging conductor, winning the Iwan Edwards award in 2015. She has participated in masterclasses throughout the world, and in 2017 spent a summer residency with the Ontario Youth Choir under the tutelage of Elise Bradley. Virginie led the award-winning choir Adleisia in Montreal from 2014, before moving to Aotearoa in mid-2021.

“I feel incredibly fortunate to have the chance to work with the amazing choir that is Supertonic, as my first experience in Aotearoa New Zealand. I’m looking forward to this concert and can’t wait to share this programme with our audience!”

Supertonic is a 64-strong SATB Wellington choir that takes pride in presenting a variety of contrasting musical styles. We’re excited to bring you a strong programme of powerfully insightful pieces led by our dynamic new music director Virginie Pacheco.

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