Taonga Moana

15 - 19 Jul 2020

A love letter to the oceans


15 Jul 2020

4:00pm, Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall


19 Jul 2020

"The concert of the year"

"Beauty of a high order’"

"Stunning – from the first note to the last"

Voices New Zealand will perform a stunning musical and visual reminder about the beauty, importance and power of our oceans; essential to survival on our planet.

This inspiring fully-staged concert celebrates our oceans as taonga (treasure), and our duty of care as kaitiaki (guardians), with an uplifting and moving soundscape from around the globe.

Starting in the North with a new commission by eclectic Finnish composer Jaakko Mäntyjärvi about the Arctic Ocean, with a stop-over in Frobisher Bay, and encounters with whales, turtles and mysterious serpents, this musical journey follows the great Māori navigator Ui-Te-Rangiora on his quest to save the oceans. We arrive at the sanctuary, the majestic Antarctic captured in a new work by New Zealand’s Warren Maxwell, inspired by his own, personal experiences on an artist residency in the Southern Ocean and Antarctica.

A landscape of projected moving images accompanies the music. Created by multimedia artists Tim and Mic Gruchy whose visual designs have featured in works by the likes of Opera Australia, Sydney Theatre Company, New Zealand Festival and Australian Dance Theatre, this is be a spectacular audio visual celebration.

Taonga Moana premiered last October, this concert will be its first performance in Auckland, especially for the WSCM2020.

Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir
Conductor – Karen Grylls
Director/Storyboard – Sara Brodie
Script Development – Briar Grace-Smith
Audio Visuals – Tim Gruchy & Mic Gruchy

"Impressions of fellow listeners ranged from full blown despair to total joy and delight at the sustained intensity and quality of sound. The young couple seated beside me, though, remained bright-eyed, fearless, confidently moving forward into life while knowing what damage to the oceans needs repairing. That’s the gift of this extraordinary musical piece of work, this love letter to the oceans." - The Hook NZ, Napier 2019