Tim Gruchy's panels... on which the visuals are displayed draw the audience into the emotional drama... and are used to brilliant effect- The Dominion Post
In a nutshell:
Majestic, dramatic and emotional music / Brilliant visuals / Music and our relationship with the environment
Mussorgsky Khovanshchina: Introduction, 'Dawn on the Moscow River'
Mendelssohn The Hebrides Overture
Takemitsu I hear the water dreaming
Kenneth Young In Paradisum (Into Paradise)
APO Composer-in-Residence Kenneth Young's new composition forms the focus of this concert. Based on words from great writers across the ages, Young's piece is combined with visuals by multimedia artist Tim Gruchy. It is a vision of a world where our relationship with the environment - and water in particular - allows us to "sit by a river" and "find peace and meaning in the rhythm of the lifeblood of the Earth" (Ken Young's text for Water and Light).
Water runs through the rest of the concert: Modest Mussorgsky's introduction to his opera Khovanshchina flows with the inexorable, calm majesty of the river it depicts; the beautiful Scottish islands directly inspired Felix Mendelssohn's evocative overture; and APO Principal Flute Katie Zagórski plays Toru Takemitsu's meditative work, his response to an Australian Aboriginal painting.
Image: Krystie Wade 'Depth Sounded from Above' (2014)
In association with Auckland Arts Festival
Pre-concert Wednesday 4 March