19 Mar 2017

Immersive and surprising, the staging of late New Zealand composer Jack Body’s PASSIO invited audience members to promenade around and passed soloists, orchestra and choir, creating an experience that many regarded as their festival highlight in 2017. Featuring soprano Madeleine Pierard, Auckland Chamber Orchestra and VOICES, conducted by Peter Scholes and Karen Grylls.


19 Mar 2017

5.00pm, Auckland Town Hall, Auckland CBD

Conceived by the ground-breaking New Zealand composer and ethnomusicologist Jack Body (1944-2015), Passio is a rich re-contextualisation of Richard Davy’s (1467?-1538) moving Passion according to St Matthew and a testament to Body’s adventurous musical vision.

In this remarkable revisiting of Davey’s early-Renaissance work, ancient mingles with modern as chamber choir, vocal soloists and brass are given new voice by a consortium of six New Zealand composers.

Passio will be an immersive and rare musical experience in which audiences are free to wander the performance area to more fully absorb the resonances of musicians and singers – the Auckland Chamber Orchestra and New Zealand’s premiere chamber choir, VOICES.

Seize the moment and come celebrate, remember and acknowledge the genius, guile and inventiveness of the much-loved Jack Body in a concert where exquisite voice invokes the past amidst a dynamic instrumental present.

Conductors: Dr Karen Grylls and Peter Scholes
Soprano soloist: Madeleine Pierard
Tenor soloist: Lachlan Craig
Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir
Auckland Chamber Orchestra

General admission is standing. Some seating provided – arrive early if you require a seat.

This concert is presented by the Auckland Arts Festival

Programme: PASSIO – by Jack Body, David Farquhar, Ross Harris, Lissa Meridan, Michael Norris and Dame Gillian Whitehead