Monday, 28 December 2015
Auckland Arts Festival 2015: Water and Light

Katie Zagorski (flute), Kenneth Young (conductor)

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

The APO poster: Water and Light

The APO poster: Water and Light Photo: The APO

APO Composer-in-residence Kenneth Young’s new composition forms the focus of this concert for Auckland Arts Festival.

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” (to quote from the text of the piece).

Water pervades 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 Tōru Takemitsu’s meditative work ‘I hear the water dreaming’, his response to an Australian Aboriginal painting.

(Text courtesy of the APO)

Recorded live at the Auckland Town Hall by RNZ Concert