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Salut Printemps

Salut Printemps

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  • Sun 25 Sep ’16, 5:00pm – 6:30pm


St Lukes Church, 130 Remuera Rd, Remuera


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $39.00
  • Student: $20.00

New Zealand's premier choir, Voices New Zealand is coming to Auckland in September to welcome spring with Salut Printemps.

What better to celebrate our love affair with the sun, budding flowers, the explosion of colours and, well, just life in general with a programme using the ’official’ language of love - French.

The music skips from the better-known pieces of Debussy and Poulenc to romantic chansons and a quirky four song cycle about a dromedary, a crayfish, a carp and a cat that will make you giggle. Artist Director Karen Grylls is not only excited about the French music: “It is with the greatest pleasure we perform this recital with accompanist Rachel Fuller, recently arrived from London. Rachel is known for her remarkable sense of orchestral colour and interpretation.”

Audiences can look forward to some uplifting French music, and rare chansons (French songs), that Karen believes have not been performed in New Zealand before.

French poet, playwright and novelist Guillaume Apollinaire was inspired by the wood carvings of his friend Picasso to write a series of rather quirky animal poems. They were clearly a big hit in 1911 and three composers, Poulenc, Durey and Absil put the beastly cycle to music.

Voices will perform the version of Belgian composer Jean Absil who must have longed for some light relief between composing five symphonies, an opera and about 100 works for piano.

Another gem will be a small song cycle by Lili Boulanger, the lesser known sister of composer Nadia Boulanger.

Fauré (yes The Fauré) was a friend of the family who discovered that Lili had perfect pitch. Daughter of a Russian princess and a Paris Conservatoire teacher, Lili started sitting in on classes at age five. At the tender age of 19, she won the composition prize at the Prix de Rome, the first female in the competition’s history.

Troubled by chronic illness Lili died at age 24, but she clearly was a star: the asteroid 1181 Lilith was named in her honour. The colourful harmonies of her Hyme to the sun - Hymn au Soleil - will be one of the many highlights of the concert.

Let yourself be treated to an afternoon of bliss at the beautiful St Lukes Church.

One concert only, book now.

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