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DSO Forsyth Barr Concert: Celebrating Matariki – Whakanuia Matariki

23/07/2023, 3.00pm5.00pm

‘Celebrating Matariki – Whakanuia Matariki’ reflects the universal fascination with stars and planets, including the phenomenon of Matariki which signals the Māori New Year, a time for reflection, renewal and celebration in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The concert opens with four New Zealand compositions. A highlight will be the world première of Dame Gillian Whitehead’s ‘Ngā Whetū o Matariki – Stars of Matariki’, commissioned by the DSO especially for this concert, and taonga pūoro soloist Ariana Tikao. Ariana Tikao will also perform on taonga pūoro in a second work, Manaaki which she co-composed with Phil Brownlee.

Two other NZ compositions share the theme of night and light: Larry Pruden’s ‘Night Song’, and Brigid Bisley’s ‘Glimmer of Blue’. The concert finishes with a masterwork by Mozart, his ‘Jupiter’ symphony which is said to reflect qualities of Jupiter who was the Roman god of the sky and king of the gods.

Adults $52, Concessions $46, Students and children $15

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3.00pm – 5.00pm


King’s & Queen’s Performing Arts Centre
270 Bay View Road
Ōtepoti, Otago 9012 New Zealand
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03 477 5623
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