Requiem for the Fallen at Auckland Festival

25 February 2015 / News

Auckland audiences have an opportunity to see the Ross Harris’s acclaimed work Requiem for the Fallen at the upcoming Auckland Arts Festival 2015. This semi-staged, highly dramatic piece was commissioned by the New Zealand String Quartet Trust and Choirs Aotearoa New Zealand Trust with funding from Creative New Zealand to commemorate World War I.

Following the premiere performance of this extraordinary work at the NZ International Arts Festival, reviewer John Button wrote in the Dominon Post: “Requiem for the Fallen is a major work… the music was deeply felt… and the performance was a model of extraordinary polish and riveting intensity…An unforgettable occasion that I hope people outside Wellington get a chance to experience.”

Since then, audiences in Otago have had the opportunity to experience it at Arts Festival Dunedin in October 2014 and now it’s the turn of Auckland audiences as the work features in the Auckland Arts Festival 2015 programme on 13 March.

This semi-staged, highly dramatic piece was commissioned by the New Zealand String Quartet Trust and Choirs Aotearoa New Zealand Trust with funding from Creative New Zealand to commemorate World War I.

Composer Ross Harris, Poet Laureate Vincent O'Sullivan and taonga pūoro composer Horomona Horo have collaborated to interweave text from the Requiem Mass with poetry and music for string quartet and traditional Maori instruments to create a passionate plea against the horror of war. Movement, lighting and video projections of archival imagery from the Kiwi troops in WWI are used to special effect to draw the audience into this spellbinding performance by the New Zealand String Quartet, Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir, Horomona Horo and tenor Richard Greager.

Read more and buy tickets to Requiem for the Fallen 

The Auckland Arts Festival performance of Requiem for the Fallen is kindly supported by Kiwibank and Peter & Carolyn Diessl.

Photo Credit : Pieter du Plessis

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