A time to reflect

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Egyptian Bass-Baritone Ashraf Sewailam will perform a recital at the Christchurch Transitional Cathedral in Christchurch on Sunday 4 August. The programme will also feature acclaimed local soprano Amanda Atlas, with both singers accompanied by New Zealand Opera’s Director of Music Wyn Davies.

Sewailam, who is currently in New Zealand performing in New Zealand Opera’s The Barber of Seville, will step out of his comic role of Don Basilio for an afternoon designed to inspire reflection and hope.

“Like many others all around the world I was deeply affected by the events in Christchurch on 15 March and wanted to show my support for the Muslim community,” Sewailam said.

“As an artist, the best thing I have to offer is my voice, and I’m so glad to be able to perform this concert while I’m in Christchurch for The Barber of Seville.

“I was deeply touched by the response of both people and government to the tragedy. What resonated with me the most was that such response made apparent how this beautiful country embraces pluralism and inclusion of all its residents and citizens regardless of colour or creed. It’s what made me feel the need to contribute by singing.” 

“I will sing Brahms’ Vier ernste Gesänge or Four Serious Songs, and also several traditional songs from my homeland Egypt, that I hope will provide a fitting tribute to those who were lost, and comfort to the audience.”

While admission to the concert is free, audience members will be invited to make a donation to the Our People, Our City fund administered by Victim Support.

A time to reflect
Ashraf Sewailam in concert
with Amanda Atlas (soprano) and Wyn Davies (Piano)

Sunday 4 August, 2pm
Christchurch Transitional Cathedral

Entry by koha

With thanks to Christchurch Transitional Cathedral for providing the venue.