Tuesday, 29 December 2015
Auckland Arts Festival 2015: Ata Reira

James Tibbles (organ), Karen Grylls, David Squire (conductors)

Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir, New Zealand Youth Choir, Euphony

Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir

Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir Photo: Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir

Ata Reira is a choral celebration of light. Members of the NZ Youth Choir, Voices NZ, Kristin School's Euphony and James Tibbles join forces to perform Bob Chilcott's Canticles of Light. This three-movement work first asks for protection from the night, and then concludes with a song for the morning that looks forward to a new beginning.

Other works include Whitacre's Lux Aurumque, Schafer's Epitaph for Moonlight, settings of O nata lux by Tallis and Lauridsen and a choral setting of Elgar's Nimrod with the text lux aeterna.

The Choirs are also proud to present Waerenga-a-Hika, a newly commissioned work in Te Reo Māori composed by Tuirina Wehi.

Text courtesy of www.aaf.co.nz

Recorded live in the Auckland Town Hall by RNZ Concert