Christchurch is still going to get some excellent orchestral concerts this year from both the NZSO and the CSO. Don’t miss Demindenko – I don’t often get the hairs standing up on my neck at a concert but, his performance of Prokofiev’s third piano concerto a couple of years ago was phenomenal. This is a master pianist at the top of his game.
I’ve been contemplating a little trip over to Sydney. No earthquakes and no frosts, that’d be a treat. The Australian Opera are offering a nice selection this year and I could fit in a little shopping. I’ll probably need a bit of help choosing which one to go to, so I’ll be trying out the music on Naxos Music Library and watching videos in Naxos Video Library.
In March and April, we brought you Words for Christchurch from some wonderful New Zealand poets. Today is National Poetry Day – so take the chance to explore these poems in all their consoling, confronting poetic strength:
Will we leave Christchurch Cathedral’s spire as rubble or rebuild it
too as a sign, like the words: Monte Cassino, Gallipoli, Anzac, signs of what
we feel is and was our innocence abroad, … Words for Christchurch: Jan Kemp – i.m. Victims of the Christchurch Earthquake, NZ, 22nd February 2011
we are naked in the doorway
we are shaking like leaves
we are up to our neck in it
our islands have dived like dolphins below the sea time & time before: our hills are sea-carved our mountains jagged from upthrust -no steadfast footing anywhere nearby- just a sure blue light of certainty that I, as a dreamer, trust- we will continue living in these unsteady lands hoping & dying & helping & building -because we are human, because we must- Words for Christchurch: Keri Hulme – Korure