CMNZ presents Letters from Iraq

“Unique combination of traditional and innovative performance techniques. AlHaj’s spontaneous inventions are constantly fascinating.”
– Los Angeles Times

Love and loss. Home and hope. Grammy-winning Iraqi-American composer and oud player, Rahim AlHaj leads the New Zealand String Quartet, double bassist Joan Perarnau Garriga and percussionist Justin DeHart to perform Letters from Iraq.

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

PROGRAMME
SAMUEL BARBER
String Quartet, op. 11

RAHIM ALHAJ
Dream (solo oud)

RAHIM ALHAJ
Letters from Iraq
Letter 1. Eastern Love – Sinan
Letter 2. Forbidden Attraction – Tiama
Letter 3. Running Boy – Fuad
Letter 4. The Last Time We Will Fly Birds – Riyadh
Letter 6. Unspoken Word – Laila
Letter 7. Fly Home – Fatima

THE PERFORMERS
Rahim AlHaj oud
Justin DeHart hand percussion
Helene Pohl violin
Monique Lapins violin
Gillian Ansell viola
Rolf Gjelsten cello
Joan Perarnau Garriga double bass


Show Information

Ticket Types

Opera House tickets have NUMBERED SEATING
(A Reserve, or B Reserve Sections)
All other tickets are GENERAL ADMISSION

Adult
Concession: Gold Card Holders, Community Service Card Holders & Full Time Students with ID
Child: 12 Years & Under (selected shows only)

Rating

All Ages

Dates

Wed Oct 19th19:00 - 21:00

Venue

Blyth Performing Arts Centre

Prices

A Reserve $52.00
A Reserve Concession Gold Card$45.00
A Reserve CSC$15.00
B Reserve$43.00
B Reserve CGC$35.00
Wheelchair Seat$25.00

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