Gemma New Conductor
Voices New Zealand Choir
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
John Psathas Seikilos
Strauss’s Death and Transfiguration
Mozart’s untimely death at just 35 years old meant Requiem lay unfinished when he passed in 1791.
The version most often heard today was completed by Mozart’s contemporaries and gives us a tantalising glimpse of the creative direction Mozart could have gone if his life had not been unexpectedly cut short.
The NZSO is joined by VOICES NZ for this performance. Led by legendary choral conductor Dr Karen Grylls, this top-tier choir has won a Tui, toured internationally, and performed spectacularly in arts festivals nationwide.
Two other song-inspired gems bring their special lustre to this programme. John Psathas’ Seikilos was inspired by a fragment of an ancient Greek song which exhorts us to enjoy life while it lasts. Strauss’ Death and Transfiguration is a gorgeously evocative poem about earthly suffering and heavenly bliss.
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