Wed, 19 Oct | Blyth Performing Arts Centre

Letters from Iraq - Napier

Presented by Chamber Music New Zealand. 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'.
Letters from Iraq - Napier

Time & Location

19 Oct, 7:30 pm NZDT
Blyth Performing Arts Centre, 42 Lucknow Road, Havelock North 4130, New Zealand

About the event

OVERVIEW

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.

MUSICIANS

Rahim AlHaj (oud)

Justin DeHart (hand percussion)

Helene Pohl (violin)

Monique Lapins (violin)

Gillian Ansell (viola)

Rolf Gjelsten (cello)

Joan Perarnau Garriga (double bass)

PROGRAMME

SAMUEL BARBER | String Quartet, op. 11

RAHIM ALHAJ | Dream (solo oud)

RAHIM ALHAJ | Letters from Iraq

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