Freedom & Captivity: Refugees and Exiles
Saturday 1 October
St Andrews on the Terrace
A concert for our times, with music spanning more than three centuries capturing the emotion of being alienated from society – as exiles, captives, refugees or pilgrims.
Bach and Arvo Pärt provide contrasting but powerful treatments of the text Out of the depths I have cried to thee, O Lord. Gillian Whitehead captures the bewilderment and anger of Te Whiti and his companions facing a military response to their peaceful protest.
Tippett’s beautiful arrangements of spirituals from A Child of Our Time give voice to the plight of African American slaves, while Verdi’s famous opera chorus Va pensiero was recognised virtually from the date of its composition as a plea for liberation as relevant to contemporary society as to the captive Israelites who sing it in Nabucco.
With guest artists Douglas Mews, and a Baroque Workshop from the New Zealand School of Music with Samantha Owens on Baroque Oboe.
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