Beyond Words Beyond Words
Aotearoa NZ

Beyond Words

  • Music
  • World Premiere Season

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra 
Te Tira Pūoro o Aotearoa

To mark the 5th anniversary of the Christchurch Mosque attacks, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra presents a unique collaboration promoting unity and peace through music.

Conducted by Fawzi Haimor, and featuring powerful Moroccan vocalist Oum and oud virtuoso Kyriakos Tapakis, the NZSO performs works from Valerie Coleman, Reza Vali, Arvo Pärt, and the world premiere of a new work from acclaimed Aotearoa composer John Psathas, ONZM.

Psathas’ Ahlan wa Sahlan, composed in collaboration with Oum and Tapakis, uses the Arabic welcome greeting to let people know they are in a place where they belong.
Beyond Words
is a symphonic expression of solidarity and peace performed as a prelude to Unity Week.

Valerie Coleman - Umoja, Anthem of Unity
Oum - Daba
Reza Vali - Four Movements For String Quartet And String Orchestra / Mvt. III: Funebre
Kyriakos Tapakis - Mantilatos
Arvo Pärt - Silouans Song (My Soul Yearns after the Lord…)
John Psathas - Ahlan wa Sahlan (New Commission)
Pre-show exhibition of Arabic calligrapher Janna Ezat’s work: from 12.00pm (Balcony Foyer)
Artist Talk
Pre-show talk with John Psathas, Fawzi Haimor and guest speakers: 2.00pm (Supper Room)
*Lowest standard public price with no restrictions
This work has been created with guidance from The Central Iqra Trust and Muslim communities from across Aotearoa.

From $59.90*

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    Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall


1hr 30mins inc interval and prayer time

301-317 Queen Street,
Auckland Central

+64 9 309 2677


Presented by Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki Auckland Arts Festival in association with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Te Tira Pūoro o Aotearoa.


  • New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (Te Tira Pūoro o Aotearoa)
  • Fawzi Haimor
  • Oum
  • Kyriakos Tapakis


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