Waitaki Arts Festival: Poetry & Music in the North Otago Landscape

23 Oct

Tickets (+fee): Concession $25; Adult $30 / Ōamaru Opera House / 7pm


Here is a true story that is stranger than fiction: Douglas Lilburn attended Waitaki Boys High School in Ōamaru from 1930-33, Janet Frame’s family arrived in Ōamaru in 1931, and Colin McCahon‘s family lived in Ōamaru too, from 1930 to 1931. Which means that for one moment in time the three children who were to become New Zealand’s greatest writer, artist, and composer all lived in the same small South Island town.

We’re celebrating this connection with a multimedia show at the Opera House featuring Lilburn’s “Salutes to Seven Poets” piano and viola, interspersed with poetry readings and McCahon art projected in the background – the programme will include Janet Frame’s poem “A Painting by Colin McCahon.”

Praeludium & Allegro (1905), Fritz Kreislet
Three Old Viennese Waltzes (1910), Fritz Kreislet
Liebesfreud | Liebeslied | Schon Rosmarin
The Lark Ascending (1915), Ralph Vaughan Williams
Salutes to Seven Poets (1952), Douglas Lilburn

Performed by: Violin – Susan Urschitz; Piano – Dr Ron Newton; Narrator – Desiree Williamson.

You can purchase online or directly from the Opera House Ticket Office 03 433 0770 between 10am-4pm Mon-Fri.

The box office and the Opera House Cafe & Bar is open 1 hour prior to the show commencing and during interval.

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