"I see a vision
of divinity, God's Earth,
the scars of national boundaries gone!"
— Stevan Keane
Throughout history, spiritual and sacred texts have described events where earthly beings attain divinity, and where deities exhibit the very essence of humanity. In this concert titled Skywalk, The Philharmonic Chamber Choir recollects exquisite moments through a diverse selection of works which illustrate how the divine and the mortal intertwine.
Witness the conflicts and resolutions of the soul in Hugo Wolf's Sechs geistliche Lieder, and the austere retelling of a well-known biblical story in Arvo Pärt's The Woman with the Alabaster Box. Experience the deep invocation of the Holy Spirit in Krzystof Penderecki's Veni Creator, and the stark yet calming diatonicism of Ton de Leeuw's Prière. Celebrate both earthly and heavenly wonder through an African-inspired Magnificat by Giles Swayne, and the Southeast Asian premiere of Magnificat from a Garden in the Antipodes by New Zealander composer Janet Jennings. Finally, partake in a sense of otherworldliness by gazing upon the earth with Steve Martland's Skywalk, so that you too may perceive transcendence in your very own Skywalk.
With the support of Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa.