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July 27, 2019 7:30PM—July 27, 2019 9:30PM • Nelson Centre of Musical Arts

Nelson Symphony Orchestra | Aotearoa



Nelson Symphony Orchestra
James Donaldson | conductor
Ariana Tikao | taonga pūoro
Bob Bickerton | taonga pūoro

Four composers (all New Zealanders) will feature in Aotearoa, a richly flavoured concert by the Nelson Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Donaldson, the director of the Nelson Centre of Music Arts, at the NCMA Auditorium on Saturday 27 July at 7.30pm.

Douglas Lilburn was in his early twenties when he composed his lively and youthful sounding Festival Overture while he was studying with Vaughan Williams at the Royal College of Music in London in the late 1930s. Chris Adams composed his Elegy after the destruction of the Twin Towers in New York in 2001. He subtitles his work “for a world obsessed with violence”. Philip Brownlee and Ariana Tikao explore the captivating sounds of taonga pūoro in their concerto for māori instruments and orchestra entitled Ko te tātai whetū (a cloak of stars), a work dedicated to the iconic Richard Nunns. Philip Brownlee and Bob Bickerton are the soloists.

Start time

July 27, 2019 7:30PM

End time

July 27, 2019 9:30PM


Nelson Centre of Musical Arts
48 Nile Street


Adult: $30 | Family (2 adults and 2 children): $70 | Student (under 18 with ID): $15