Programme | Hōtaka
Guest curator: Promethean Editions
This concert celebrates some of the magnificent works published by Promethean Editions that incorporate words from New Zealand poets.
First up is the winner of the 2007 SOUNZ Contemporary Award, Eve De Castro-Robinson’s These Arms to Hold You for children’s choir and orchestra. Commissioned by the Royal Plunket Society, These Arms to Hold You features the work of the esteemed Bill Manhire, who provided text for the choir, with excerpts taken from actual Plunket books heard alongside Manhire’s own prose.
Manhire also features in our second selection, Gareth Farr‘s Ornithological Anecdotes for baritone and piano, which features a setting of Manhire’s four poems about New Zealand birds.
For his expansive fourth symphony, Anthony Ritchie incorporates poems by Bernadette Hall, set for soprano voice.
Approximate running time | Te roa: 74 minutes