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CMNZ presents Letters from Iraq - Rahim Alhaj with the NZSQ

Thursday 7th May 2020

Love and loss. Home and hope. Iraqi-American composer and oud player, Rahim AlHaj and percussionist Nicholas Baker joins NZSQ and double bassist, Joan Perarnau Garriga, with Letters from Iraq.

AlHaj’s musical response expressing the love and pain of lives lived by the people of war-torn Iraq. Actual mailed letters and their stories are transposed into eight gripping programmatic compositions.

AlHaj, a man with first-hand knowledge of oppression under Saddam Hussein’s regime and a deep love for the people of his native Iraq, tells a specific tale with each piece. To listen is to experience the reality of a nation, to feel heartbreak, loss, and the day-to-day journeys of so many Iraqi citizens. An inspired and loving tribute to people in dire conditions, but who still press forward.

He says, “Music can make us laugh, make us cry, make us march into war. I want to make music to make us realize peace.” These works are of deep emotion and great beauty, melding mastery of Iraqi and Western classical genres alike to form something entirely new.

PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS
BARBER | String Quartet in B minor, Op. 11
RAHIM ALHAJ | ‘LETTERS FROM IRAQ’

Family Friendly

Date(s)

May 7

Time

7:30pm

Location

Nelson & suburbs

Venue

Nelson Centre of Musical Arts
48 Nile Street, Nelson, New Zealand

Tickets, Bookings and Entry

$43 Adults $37 Concession $13 Child (17 and under) $215 Group of 6. Service fee not included

Tickets from Ticket Rocket ph. 0800 224 224.

Contact

Ph. 03 548 9477
music@ncma.nz

Additional Info

Official Website

 

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