Ready to rock at Marama Hall yesterday are Ian Chapman and
(from left) Marcel Rodeka, Dave Horizon, Ayumu Kobayashi
and Max Gunn. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
Roll over, Beethoven. Bowie is in town.
The University of Otago's venerable home of classical music,
Marama Hall, was turned into a rock concert venue yesterday.
Contemporary music staff and students re-enacted pop singer
David Bowie's 1972 album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy
Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.
''It is a break with tradition for our department, but Bowie
is as important to the world of popular music as Beethoven is
to classical music,'' executant lecturer in contemporary
music Dr Ian Chapman said yesterday.
''Marama Hall has always been a showcase for what the whole
music department has to offer, and contemporary music is as
much a part of that as classical music. They are the
masterpieces of our time.''
The contemporary music course was established in 2000 and was
now one of the most popular components of the music degree,
Dr Chapman said.
The 90-minute lunchtime concert sold out, with music fans of
all ages, including school groups, in attendance. ''The show
is a presentation of my research and it's supposed to inform
and inspire students that there is more to music than the
aural. There is also the theatrical,'' Dr Chapman said.
''We wanted to do a concert to mark the 40th anniversary of
David Bowie killing off his Ziggy Stardust persona as, at the
time, it was one of the world's most famous artistic