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March 4, 2022 8:00PM • Michael Fowler Centre

HIHĪ – A SONG OF PLACE (Wellington)


David Kay - Conductor
Teina Moetara, Ruth Smith, Tama Waipara and Mere Boynton - Creative team
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

From the forest glade of Waihīrere to the concert hall of Pōneke, the sounds of Te Tairāwhiti come to life in a celebration of te reo Māori and music.

If a place was to speak to you, what would it say? Across time Wai-hī-rere has always authored its own narration through the vitality, hihī and flow of its waters, environment and people. HIHĪ – A Song of Place draws inspiration from that authority, giving the message of this landscape through human and instrumental voices.

HIHĪ showcases some of Aotearoa New Zealand's most remarkable songbirds and kaihaka (performers) alongside members of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, performing the songs of Te Tairāwhiti, operatised waiata and popular arias such as ‘Nessun Dorma’ and ‘Habanera’ performed in te reo Māori.

This one-night-only experience will be a Festival highlight.

Start time

March 4, 2022 8:00PM


Michael Fowler Centre