CSO Pacific Rhythm

/ May

CSO Pacific Rhythm

45 Harvard Ave, Wigram, Christchurch
Wigram Airforce Museum
Between $48 & $18

Composed in 1983, Jack Body’s Melodies for Orchestra demonstrates his increasing interest in the diversity of melodic forms and styles found outside the traditions of Western art music. The music draws influences from Greek, Western Sumatran and Hindi cultures and, while completely unrelated in a cultural sense, reflect Body’s joy and excitement when encountering each musical tradition for the first time.

Sharing Body’s fascination with the traditional gamelan music of Indonesia, US composer Evan Ziporyn combines Balinese gamelan with western orchestral forces inNgaben (for Sari Club). We are delighted to be joined by Banju Gunung Saliju, the University of Canterbury Gamelan Ensemble for the New Zealand premiere of this piece.

Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu’s A Flock Descends into the Pentagonal Garden has become one of his most performed works and skilfully weaves together melodies of gracefulness and fragility with moments of silence and stillness.

Gareth Farr’s Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra is performed by New Zealand’s premiere percussion ensemble, Strike. A virtuostic tour de force, this concerto contrasts delicate orchestral textures with the wild, energetic roar of fortissimo drumming. Live projected imagery, commissioned by the CSO and created especially for this performance by award-winning film-maker David Downes, will accompany this work.