Solstice and Equinox Events 2019
These are all Stonehenge Aotearoa events
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March 21st: Tales of the Autumn Equinox
In the ancient world the Autumn Equinox was oneof the most important days in the year. It marked a time of change in the seasons and the tasks of the people. Our programme includes: observing the Sun set on the Equinox Heel Stone at Stonehenge Aotearoa; a presentation by Richard Hall on the mythology, history and astronomy of the Equinox; a dance performance by the Senior Dance class from Maboura College based around the ideas of: circles, the autumn equinox , and Maori mythology featuring Tane and Hine-hui-te-po. The group will present their dance just before sunset, and a shared meal. (Bring something to share).
June 22nd: Winter Solstice
Weather permitting the programme will include: viewing the Sun set over the Equinox Heel Stone; presentation by Richard Hall on the mythology, history and astronomy of the Equinox, and a shared meal. Bring a plate of food and drink for the shared meal. The Voyager musical suite which follows the passage of the Voyager spacecraft through the solar system will be performed after the solstice events inside the AV centre.
September 23rd: Spring Equinox
Weather permitting the programme will include: viewing the Sun set over the Equinox Heel Stone; presentation by Richard Hall on the mythology, history and astronomy of the Equinox, and a shared meal. Bring a plate of food and drink for the shared meal.
December 22nd: Summer Solstice
Sundown is the time of Solstice - mid-summer in the southern hemisphere, mid-winter in the north. But, 2,000 years ago this solstice occurred on December 25th. At Stonehenge Aotearoa we have put together a special presentation on legends associated with the solstice: What was the ‘Star of Bethlehem’, who were the ‘Three Kings’ and, just who were those ‘Shepherds watching their flocks by night’? Who was ‘Father Christmas’ and why did Rudolf have a red nose? In this presentation we look at the astronomical events and astrological meanings that lay at the foundation of many of our spiritual beliefs.
A musical tour of the Planets by Keith Austin
Within the stones at Stonehenge Aotearoa
A second performance of Voyager will be performed (date to be advised). Weather permitting this musical event will take place within the circle of stones at Stonehenge Aotearoa, so the audience can see the actual planets in the sky as they listen to the music. There will be a surround sound system of four medium-powered speakers, a video projection system. The audience will be hearing a blend of pre-recorded music done in the studio and live keyboards. This a classical-electronic concert, running time about two hours.
The second half, after a short interval, will begin with a short introduction by Keith to his Voyager 2 tone poem. Then he will perform his "Voyager 2" tone poem using a mix of pre-recorded and live music. This is a classical electronic tone poem depicting the adventures of the Voyager 2 space probe as it visited the four giant planets of the Solar System and their moons. The video system will indicate the various parts of the tone poem as they arise, and show photos taken by Voyager 2 that emphasise the music.
Listen to Voyager 2 tone poem at Jupiter - The Galilean Four
Listen to Voyager 2 tone poem as the craft cruises between planets - Crusie Mode I
Listen to Voyager 2 tone poem just after the encounter with Uranus - Brave
CDs of "Voyager 2" will be available for sale after the concert.