By Jack Body, David Farquhar, Ross Harris, Lissa Meridan, Michael Norris, Dame Gillian Whitehead.
Conceived by the ground-breaking New Zealand composer and ethnomusicologist Jack Body (1944-2015), Passio is a rich re-contextualisation of Richard Davy’s (1467?-1538) moving Passion according to St Matthew and a testament to Body’s adventurous musical vision.
In this remarkable revisiting of Davy’s early-Renaissance work, ancient mingles with modern as chamber choir, vocal soloists and brass are given new voice by a consortium of six New Zealand composers.
Passio will be an immersive and rare musical experience in which audiences are free to wander the performance area to more fully absorb the resonances of musicians and singers – the Auckland Chamber Orchestra and New Zealand’s premier chamber choir VOICES.
Seize the moment and come celebrate, remember and acknowledge the genius, guile and inventiveness of the much-loved Jack Body in a concert where exquisite voice invokes the past amidst a dynamic instrumental present.
General admission is standing. Some seating provided – arrive early if you require a seat.