Gemma New Conductor
Gareth Farr Ngā Hihi O Matariki (World Premiere)
The appearance of the Matariki constellation (known in Western astronomy as the Pleiades or Seven Sisters) traditionally signaled to Māori that it was time to plant crops. As such, Matariki refers to both the constellation and to the beginning of a new year in the Māori calendar and symbolises new beginnings and humanity’s hopes for the future. The title comes from the proverb ‘Kua haehae ngā hihi o Matariki’ (The rays of Matariki are spread) - spoken when Matariki is seen in the night sky and its rays carry a message of hope and togetherness.
Individual tickets on sale 10am, 11 March 2021.
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