26days since Our Next Concert 'Hiawatha ' (Hanson) Sunday 1st May 3pm @ Paraparaumu College Auditorium
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A Southern Hemisphere première of Hiawatha by American
composer Robert Hanson.
Hiawatha, an epic poem by
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, was based on Native American legends and published
in 1855. Hiawatha was raised by his grandmother, Nokomis and the tribal elder
Iagoo, who taught him to hunt and provide. He fought with Mudjekeewis to avenge
his mother, Wenonah's death. He married Minnehaha, from the Dakota nation, who
died in a long, cold winter. Finally, he saw the arrival of the white man and
the black-robed priest, invited them to meet his people and in the end, rode
away in his birch canoe to the Kingdom of Ponemah, the
Hanson was commissioned to compose the work for the Elgin Choral Festival, in
1989. He conducted the Elgin Symphony orchestra for
nearly 30 years, taking the orchestra and
choral groups through various developments to their peak. The Chorale is
privileged to host the Hansons on their visit to New Zealand in
Chorale is excited to be performing this work with its stirring, dramatic music
and welcomes Jamie Young who will be singing the role of Hiawatha. Also participating are soloists Ellen Barrett, Roger
Wilson, Imogen Thirlwall, William McElwee, Derek Miller, Elisabeth
Harris, Brenda Vale and John Strode-Penny.
To complement the
performance, a 31-piece orchestra and a children's choir, trained by Bridget
O'Shanassy, is joining the Chorale.