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WORLD PREMIERE Opus Orchestra: Te Miha

7 Sep 2019
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm Saturday 7 September
Be immersed in the most exciting musical experience of the year!
Event type: 
$0 - $35
Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts
Knighton Rd, University of Waikato, Hamilton 3216


Kotahi Te Wairua with Opus Orchestra and Te Mauri Kapa Haka.

Be immersed in the most exciting musical experience of the year!

“Kotahi te kohao o te ngira, e kuhuna ai te miro ma, te miro pango, te miro whero.” 

“There is but one eye of the needle, through which white, black and red cotton are threaded.”

Join us, as we weave together the tradition of chamber orchestra, the thrill of kapa haka and the charm of ancient story telling in Te Miha, an exciting new work commissioned by Orchestras Central, with music written by New Zealand composer and conductor Stephen Small.

This musical experience will merge the sound of cultures colliding in striking harmony. Stage one retells the creation story of Paptuanuku and Ranginui by sewing Opus orchestra with the voices of Kotahi te Wairua. Stage two plaits the final thread of Te Mauri Kapa Haka into the tapestry, combining all three sounds for a euphonious and unique performance of the Latin Mass in Te Reo Māori – known as Te Miha as commissioned by the Pope.

Kotahi Te Wairua – comprises songwriters Gail Tipene, Sharon Emirali, Anthony Grey and Stephen Small, whose recently released album  retells the myth of Ranginui and Papatuanuku and the emergence of the Gods of the natural Maori world.

Proudly supported by Creative NZ.

Written by

Orchestras Central Trust

1 Aug 2019