Music, Equinox & Solstice

Solstice and Equinox Events 2017
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Legends of the Equinox

The Autumn Equinox occurs on March 20th.  This equinox was, for most people in the past, one of the most important days in the year. It marked a time of change in the seasons and changes in the tasks and lives of the people.  It was the time of the Harvest Festival… which was followed by Halloween.  In this presentation we explore the ancient stories and meanings of the Equinox and, weather permitting we will see the Sun set on the Equinox Heel Stone.  After the presentation there will be a shared meal. Bookings are essential.  Fee: Adults $15, Seniors $12, Children $8   


Matariki and the Winter Solstice

The Maori new-year occurs close to the Winter Solstice in the southern hemisphere. The herald of the Maori new-year is the rising of star cluster Matariki, also known at the Seven Sisters.  They are perhaps, the most celebrated of all stars.  They are the oldest mentioned in literature and played a significant role in cultures around the world both past and present.  In this presentation we explore the ancient meanings and significance of Matariki and their relationship to the solstices and equinoxes. 

The program includes a shared meal and, weather permitting, viewing the Sun set over the Winter Heel stone.  Bookings are essential.  Fee: Adults $15, Seniors $12, Children $8  


Tales of the Spring Equinox

In the ancient world the Spring Equinox was a time to celebrate… it was the time of the return of life on Earth following the harsh northern hemisphere winter, the restoration of food supplies. For much of history it marked the beginning of the year and, to this day it plays a major role in world religions.  In this presentation we explore the stories from antiquity of how our ancestors explained the nature of the universe, which in turn formed a foundation to world religions.

The Spring Equinox occurs on September 23rd. Consequently, weather permitting the program will include viewing the Sun set over the Equinox Heel Stone. You are welcome to bring food and drink for a sunset meal.   Bookings are essential.  Fee: Adults $15, Seniors $12, Children $8   


The Star of Bethlehem

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.

The program includes, weather permitting, viewing the Sun set over the Summer Solstice Heel Stone.  Bookings are essential.  Fee: Adults $15, Seniors $12, Children $8  



A musical tour of the Planets by Keith Austin
Within the stones at Stonehenge Aotearoa

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 first half of the concert will feature " The Planets" by Gustav Holst, a well-known orchestral suite in seven movements which Kith has arranged for electronic synthesizers and carillon.

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.


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