Recently inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame -
Posthumously joining Hello Sailor, The Topp Twins, Dave Dobbyn and Straightjacket Fits – Douglas Lilburn is widely revered as the ‘grandfather of New Zealand composition’.
He is also still much admired for his compositional achievements, especially for those works he composed with the expressed intent of capturing the New Zealand landscape in sound. Many of these he wrote while living in Christchurch in the 1930’s and 40’s.
‘Lilburn at 100’ celebrates the life and musical achievements of this extraordinary New Zealander, using the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of his birth to offer a multi-media tribute. In an exciting new twist for the CSO, Dr Philip Norman, author of an award winning biography on Lilburn (Douglas Lilburn, Canterbury University Press 2006), will introduce and conduct handpicked plums from the Lilburn oeuvre.
Expect a montage of movements, melodies and musical moments woven into one with witty narrative and insightful observations as well as an array of visuals to add further illumination and sparkle.