On two glorious nights in March, Neil Finn, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO) and a who’s who of special guests will perform an extraordinary Auckland Arts Festival concert.
Neil Finn: Out of Silence is a large scale, outdoor concert, which will include the world premiere live performance of tracks from the Out of Silence album, as well as some of Finn’s greatest hits, hand picked by the iconic musician, including a number of Crowded House and Split Enz favourites and tracks from his critically acclaimed solo records.
Finn’s acclaimed new album, Out of Silence, was recorded over one session in his Auckland studio earlier this year, accompanied by an extended family of local music luminaries. The creation of the album was live-streamed and released globally just one week later. The session, which was one of four special live-streamed sessions that took place in August, captured audiences across the world, who quickly realised they were privy to a truly exceptional experience.
With arrangements by revered New Zealand composer Victoria Kelly (The Hobbit, The Lovely Bones, Black Sheep, Toi Huarewa/The Suspended Way) and performances by the full APO with many collaborating musicians, including SJD, Samuel Flynn Scott, EJ Barnes, Sandy Mill, James Milne and Jimmy Metherell, Neil Finn – Out of Silence is the kind of Festival event that happens once in a generation and remains with people for the rest of their lives.
The Festival Playground is Auckland Arts Festival’s new music, food and family hang out in Silo Park, which will be open throughout the duration of the Festival, 8-25 March. It houses the Music Arena, a fantastic food precinct, bars and the coolest mirror maze to ever visit New Zealand, the enormous House of Mirrors.