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Award-winning choirs / Majestic voices / Te reo Maori in song
... that moment when the first light is reflected in the eastern sky before the sun rises, that moment after darkness, that moment of clarity after being in a dark place...
Ata Reira is a choral celebration of light.
Members of the New Zealand Youth Choir, Voices New Zealand, Kristin School's Euphony and James Tibbles (organ) join forces to perform Bob Chilcott?s Canticles of Light. This three-movement work, first asks for protection from the night, and concludes with a song for the morning that looks forward to a new beginning. Other works include Whitacre's Lux Aurumque, Schafer's Epitaph for Moonlight, settings of O nata lux by Tallis and Lauridsen, and a choral setting of Elgar's Nimrod with the text 'lux aeterna'. The Choirs are also proud to present a newly commissioned work in te reo Maori by Tuirina Wehi.
Come rejoice as New Zealand's best choirs sing us into the light.
Photography: Pieter du Plesiss and Matt Grace
Pre-concert Wednesday 18 March