Festival of music and arts of New Zealand
at the Arboretum on May 15
On Sunday, May 15, the Arboretum at UCSC will host "New
Zealand Day," a festival of music, arts, and culture, from
1 to 9 p.m. A wide variety of activities will take place in
the Ed Landels New Zealand Garden in the Arboretum, which has
the largest collection of New Zealand plants outside of that
The event will feature a full program of performances, exhibitions,
and lectures. Visitors will be able to hear installations of
New Zealand music as well as recordings of New Zealand bird
songs. Performances will range from indigenous music to modern
electroacoustic, accompanied by video works.
Guest artists will include Richard Nunns, who will perform
on Moari instruments and also demonstrate ways in which native
plants can be used as musical instruments, as well as for food
and medicine. Performances will also be given by the Waiata
Choir, the New Music Works ensemble conducted by Phil Collins,
Hera Black-Taute, and Mareta Taute.
1-3:30 p.m. Lecture and garden tours by the Arboretum's curator
of New Zealand plants. Recorded New Zealand birdsongs playing
in the garden.
3:30 p.m. Traditional singing welcome ceremony, followed by
opening remarks by Chancellor Denice D. Denton and New Zealand
Honorary Consul Richard Collier Sears.
4-5:30 p.m. Music in the amphitheater, including the world
premiere of Waiata Wahine by Jack Body.
6-8 p.m. Interlude: Food and tours. Opening of the traditional
earthen oven (Hangi), sampling of New Zealand wines, tours,
and ongoing music. Food and wine will be available for purchase.
7 and 8 p.m. Two performances of Confronting Landscapes/Inscapes,
which is made up of video and electroacoustic music by New Zealand
The festival is made possible by the volunteers of New Music
Works and the Arboretum. The event is free due to the generosity
of the Christensen Fund and sponsorships from New Leaf Community
Markets and the New Zealand consulate. For more information,
go to: http://arboretum.ucsc.edu
or contact: Dan Harder, (831) 427-2998 or Philip Collins, (831)
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