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APPLY NOW | Philip Neill Memorial Prize in Music 2019

Opportunity

The application closing date for the 2019 Philip Neill Memorial Prize in Music has been extended to Monday 2 September.


2019 topic and requirements:

  • Composers are invited to write a song or songs for mezzo soprano and piano, between 10 - 15 minutes in duration.
  • The work may be based on texts by New Zealand writers or by the composer themselves.
  • You must submit a (physical) score as well as a MIDI recording of the work.

Please note: these requirements should be read in conjunction with the Prize Regulations which are included with the application information available for download at the link following.


All relevant information can be found at the following page including an application form and the regulations for the Prize: www.otago.ac.nz/philip-neill.


The application closing date for the 2019 Philip Neill Memorial Prize in Music has been extended to Monday 2 September.


2019 topic and requirements:

  • Composers are invited to write a song or songs for mezzo soprano and piano, between 10 - 15 minutes in duration.
  • The work may be based on texts by New Zealand writers or by the composer themselves.
  • You must submit a (physical) score as well as a MIDI recording of the work.

Please note: these requirements should be read in conjunction with the Prize Regulations which are included with the application information available for download at the link following.


All relevant information can be found at the following page including an application form and the regulations for the Prize: www.otago.ac.nz/philip-neill.


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May 01, 2019 12:00 — September 02, 2019 17:00

Aroha Quartet performs Brigid Bisley's 'Unbound'

Tour

Aroha Quartet's programme begins with Mozart's String Quartet No 17 in B-flat K458. Nicknamed 'The Hunt', this is a high-spirited, joyful work, both rustic and sophisticated. The concert continues with 'Unbound', an expressive, heartfelt work for string quartet written in 2011 by New Zealand composer Brigid Bisley. For the finale, we are delighted to be joined by Diedre Irons, one of New Zealand's finest pianists, for the sublime Piano Quintet in F minor by Brahms. Combining lyrical beauty and rhythmic muscularity, this is one of the best-loved chamber music works of all time.

Performances:

Sunday, June 30 @ 4:00pm | Greytown Music Group, 57 Wood St, Greytown
Sunday, July 14 @ 2:30pm | Waikanae Memorial Hall
Tuesday, July 16 @ 7:30pm | St Paul's, 89 Tennyson St, Napier
Tuesday, September 10 @ 7:30pm | St Luke's, 2 Tees St, Oamaru
Wednesday, September 11 @ 7:30pm | Marama Hall, University of Otago, Leith St, Dunedin
Wednesday, November 13 @ 7:30pm | Globe Theatre, 312 Main St, Palmerston North
Sunday, November 24 @ 3:00pm | St Matthew-in-the-City, 187 Federal St, Auckland
Sunday, December 1 @ 3:00pm | St Andrew's on the Terrace, 30 The Terrace, Wellington

Aroha Quartet's programme begins with Mozart's String Quartet No 17 in B-flat K458. Nicknamed 'The Hunt', this is a high-spirited, joyful work, both rustic and sophisticated. The concert continues with 'Unbound', an expressive, heartfelt work for string quartet written in 2011 by New Zealand composer Brigid Bisley. For the finale, we are delighted to be joined by Diedre Irons, one of New Zealand's finest pianists, for the sublime Piano Quintet in F minor by Brahms. Combining lyrical beauty and rhythmic muscularity, this is one of the best-loved chamber music works of all time.

Performances:

Sunday, June 30 @ 4:00pm | Greytown Music Group, 57 Wood St, Greytown
Sunday, July 14 @ 2:30pm | Waikanae Memorial Hall
Tuesday, July 16 @ 7:30pm | St Paul's, 89 Tennyson St, Napier
Tuesday, September 10 @ 7:30pm | St Luke's, 2 Tees St, Oamaru
Wednesday, September 11 @ 7:30pm | Marama Hall, University of Otago, Leith St, Dunedin
Wednesday, November 13 @ 7:30pm | Globe Theatre, 312 Main St, Palmerston North
Sunday, November 24 @ 3:00pm | St Matthew-in-the-City, 187 Federal St, Auckland
Sunday, December 1 @ 3:00pm | St Andrew's on the Terrace, 30 The Terrace, Wellington

Aroha Quartet's programme begins with Mozart's String Quartet No 17 in B-flat K458. Nicknamed 'The Hunt', this is a high-spirited, joyful work, both rustic and sophisticated. The concert continues with 'Unbound', an expressive, heartfelt work for string quartet written in 2011 by New Zealand composer Brigid Bisley. For the finale, we are delighted to be joined by Diedre Irons, one of New Zealand's finest pianists, for the sublime Piano Quintet in F minor by Brahms. Combining lyrical beauty and rhythmic muscularity, this is one of the best-loved chamber music works of all time.

Performances:

Sunday, June 30 @ 4:00pm | Greytown Music Group, 57 Wood St, Greytown
Sunday, July 14 @ 2:30pm | Waikanae Memorial Hall
Tuesday, July 16 @ 7:30pm | St Paul's, 89 Tennyson St, Napier
Tuesday, September 10 @ 7:30pm | St Luke's, 2 Tees St, Oamaru
Wednesday, September 11 @ 7:30pm | Marama Hall, University of Otago, Leith St, Dunedin
Wednesday, November 13 @ 7:30pm | Globe Theatre, 312 Main St, Palmerston North
Sunday, November 24 @ 3:00pm | St Matthew-in-the-City, 187 Federal St, Auckland
Sunday, December 1 @ 3:00pm | St Andrew's on the Terrace, 30 The Terrace, Wellington

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June 30, 2019 16:00 — December 01, 2019 17:00   ·   Greytown, Waikanae, Napier, Oamaru, Dunedin, Palmerston North, Auckland and Wellington

panSonus at Pyramid Club

Concert

Amber Evans | voice
Jon Clancy | percussion


Comprised of New York-based musicians Jon Clancy (Westfield, NJ) and Amber Evans (Brisbane, AUS), panSonus is an interdisciplinary duo that seeks to promote and collaborate in the creation of new and experimental works for combinations of voice, percussion, theatre, and electronics, that transcend their respective traditional practices. Through their work, the duo curates uniquely engaging and visceral performance experiences that heighten awareness of corporeal, spacial, and material resonance, and advocates for thoughtful, inclusive, and conceptual programming practices.

Featuring works by Annea Lockwood, Karlheinz Essl, Zak Argabrite, Jessie Marino, Salina Fisher and more.


Amber Evans | voice
Jon Clancy | percussion


Comprised of New York-based musicians Jon Clancy (Westfield, NJ) and Amber Evans (Brisbane, AUS), panSonus is an interdisciplinary duo that seeks to promote and collaborate in the creation of new and experimental works for combinations of voice, percussion, theatre, and electronics, that transcend their respective traditional practices. Through their work, the duo curates uniquely engaging and visceral performance experiences that heighten awareness of corporeal, spacial, and material resonance, and advocates for thoughtful, inclusive, and conceptual programming practices.

Featuring works by Annea Lockwood, Karlheinz Essl, Zak Argabrite, Jessie Marino, Salina Fisher and more.


Amber Evans | voice
Jon Clancy | percussion


Comprised of New York-based musicians Jon Clancy (Westfield, NJ) and Amber Evans (Brisbane, AUS), panSonus is an interdisciplinary duo that seeks to promote and collaborate in the creation of new and experimental works for combinations of voice, percussion, theatre, and electronics, that transcend their respective traditional practices. Through their work, the duo curates uniquely engaging and visceral performance experiences that heighten awareness of corporeal, spacial, and material resonance, and advocates for thoughtful, inclusive, and conceptual programming practices.

Featuring works by Annea Lockwood, Karlheinz Essl, Zak Argabrite, Jessie Marino, Salina Fisher and more.


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August 29, 2019 20:00   ·   Pyramid Club

Memorial Service for Murray Khouri

Ceremony or service

A memorial service will be held in Auckland on 31 August for celebrated New Zealand born clarinetist Murray Khouri. The service will include a concert, after which refreshments will be served while listening to Murray’s recordings.


Noted International clarinetist Murray Khouri has died (RNZ Upbeat)

Khouri was born in Wellington and performed both with the NZSO Youth Orchestra and the NZSO. He was 16 when he joined the Youth Orchestra in 1959 – the year it was established.

Following his formal education, he performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Ballet Orchestra and Prague Metropolitan Orchestra and was led by some well-known conductors including Leopold Stokowski, Pierre Boulez, Georg Solti, Bernard Haitink, Adrian Boult, and Eugen Jochum.

Khouri was also the principal in the NZBC Concert Orchestra then the NZBC Symphony and also performed concertos with Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and the City of Birmingham Symphony.

In New Zealand he created programmes exploring all the great conductors he’d worked with and a series explaining the instruments in the orchestra. He also did numerous reviews of live and recorded performances. Khouri also founded the Spring Festival concert series in Whanganui in 2008.


A memorial service will be held in Auckland on 31 August for celebrated New Zealand born clarinetist Murray Khouri. The service will include a concert, after which refreshments will be served while listening to Murray’s recordings.


Noted International clarinetist Murray Khouri has died (RNZ Upbeat)

Khouri was born in Wellington and performed both with the NZSO Youth Orchestra and the NZSO. He was 16 when he joined the Youth Orchestra in 1959 – the year it was established.

Following his formal education, he performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Ballet Orchestra and Prague Metropolitan Orchestra and was led by some well-known conductors including Leopold Stokowski, Pierre Boulez, Georg Solti, Bernard Haitink, Adrian Boult, and Eugen Jochum.

Khouri was also the principal in the NZBC Concert Orchestra then the NZBC Symphony and also performed concertos with Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and the City of Birmingham Symphony.

In New Zealand he created programmes exploring all the great conductors he’d worked with and a series explaining the instruments in the orchestra. He also did numerous reviews of live and recorded performances. Khouri also founded the Spring Festival concert series in Whanganui in 2008.


A memorial service will be held in Auckland on 31 August for celebrated New Zealand born clarinetist Murray Khouri. The service will include a concert, after which refreshments will be served while listening to Murray’s recordings.


Noted International clarinetist Murray Khouri has died (RNZ Upbeat)

Khouri was born in Wellington and performed both with the NZSO Youth Orchestra and the NZSO. He was 16 when he joined the Youth Orchestra in 1959 – the year it was established.

Following his formal education, he performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Ballet Orchestra and Prague Metropolitan Orchestra and was led by some well-known conductors including Leopold Stokowski, Pierre Boulez, Georg Solti, Bernard Haitink, Adrian Boult, and Eugen Jochum.

Khouri was also the principal in the NZBC Concert Orchestra then the NZBC Symphony and also performed concertos with Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and the City of Birmingham Symphony.

In New Zealand he created programmes exploring all the great conductors he’d worked with and a series explaining the instruments in the orchestra. He also did numerous reviews of live and recorded performances. Khouri also founded the Spring Festival concert series in Whanganui in 2008.


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August 31, 2019 14:30   ·   Parish Hall of St Marks

panSonus at the Adam Concert Room

Concert

Amber Evans | voice
Jon Clancy | percussion


PROGRAMME:

Talia Amar | Riddles ** (2010)
Annea Lockwood | I Give You Back (1995)
Tania León | Love After Love ** (2004)
Annea Lockwood | Amazonia Dreaming (1987)
Karlheinz Essl | juncTions ** (2011)
Zak Argabrite | ITCHY +* (2019)
Salina Fisher | Children are the Orgasm of the World +** (2018)
Lydia Wayne Chang | Safety Exit Instruction Manual +* (2019)

+ Written for panSonus
* World premiere
** New Zealand premiere


Featuring three new works written for New York-based duo panSonus (Jon Clancy, percussionist/sound artist & Amber Evans, vocalist/conductor) by trailblazing young composers hailing from three corners of the world (New Zealand, Taiwan, and the US) in addition to works by NZ experimental music legend Annea Lockwood and underrepresented composers from Austria, Cuba, and Jerusalem, this special program is a markedly unconventional celebration of cultural and musical multiplicities. In the spirit of panSonus’ artistic ethos, each piece places the performers in wildly different scenarios outside of traditional performance practices, further accentuating the diversity of sonic possibilities and approaches that experimental music inspires.


Amber Evans | voice
Jon Clancy | percussion


PROGRAMME:

Talia Amar | Riddles ** (2010)
Annea Lockwood | I Give You Back (1995)
Tania León | Love After Love ** (2004)
Annea Lockwood | Amazonia Dreaming (1987)
Karlheinz Essl | juncTions ** (2011)
Zak Argabrite | ITCHY +* (2019)
Salina Fisher | Children are the Orgasm of the World +** (2018)
Lydia Wayne Chang | Safety Exit Instruction Manual +* (2019)

+ Written for panSonus
* World premiere
** New Zealand premiere


Featuring three new works written for New York-based duo panSonus (Jon Clancy, percussionist/sound artist & Amber Evans, vocalist/conductor) by trailblazing young composers hailing from three corners of the world (New Zealand, Taiwan, and the US) in addition to works by NZ experimental music legend Annea Lockwood and underrepresented composers from Austria, Cuba, and Jerusalem, this special program is a markedly unconventional celebration of cultural and musical multiplicities. In the spirit of panSonus’ artistic ethos, each piece places the performers in wildly different scenarios outside of traditional performance practices, further accentuating the diversity of sonic possibilities and approaches that experimental music inspires.


Amber Evans | voice
Jon Clancy | percussion


PROGRAMME:

Talia Amar | Riddles ** (2010)
Annea Lockwood | I Give You Back (1995)
Tania León | Love After Love ** (2004)
Annea Lockwood | Amazonia Dreaming (1987)
Karlheinz Essl | juncTions ** (2011)
Zak Argabrite | ITCHY +* (2019)
Salina Fisher | Children are the Orgasm of the World +** (2018)
Lydia Wayne Chang | Safety Exit Instruction Manual +* (2019)

+ Written for panSonus
* World premiere
** New Zealand premiere


Featuring three new works written for New York-based duo panSonus (Jon Clancy, percussionist/sound artist & Amber Evans, vocalist/conductor) by trailblazing young composers hailing from three corners of the world (New Zealand, Taiwan, and the US) in addition to works by NZ experimental music legend Annea Lockwood and underrepresented composers from Austria, Cuba, and Jerusalem, this special program is a markedly unconventional celebration of cultural and musical multiplicities. In the spirit of panSonus’ artistic ethos, each piece places the performers in wildly different scenarios outside of traditional performance practices, further accentuating the diversity of sonic possibilities and approaches that experimental music inspires.


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August 31, 2019 19:30   ·   Adam Concert Room, NZ School of Music, Wellington

Te Miha - World Premiere

Performance

Featuring Kotahi Te Wairua with Opus Orchestra and Te Mauri Kapa Haka.

Be immersed in the most exciting musical experience of the year!

“Kotahi te kohao o te ngira, e kuhuna ai te miro ma, te miro pango, te miro whero.”

“There is but one eye of the needle, through which white, black and red cotton are threaded.”


Join us, as we weave together the tradition of chamber orchestra, the thrill of kapa haka and the charm of ancient story telling in Te Miha, an exciting new work commissioned by Orchestras Central, with music written by New Zealand composer and conductor Stephen Small.

This musical experience will merge the sound of cultures colliding in striking harmony. Stage one retells the creation story of Papatuanuku and Ranginui by sewing Opus orchestra with the voices of Kotahi te Wairua. Stage two plaits the final thread of Te Mauri Kapa Haka into the tapestry, combining all three sounds for a euphonious and unique performance of the Latin Mass in Te Reo Māori – known as Te Miha as commissioned by the Pope.


Kotahi Te Wairua – comprises songwriters Gail Tipene, Sharon Emirali, Anthony Grey and Stephen Small, whose recently released album retells the myth of Ranginui and Papatuanuku and the emergence of the Gods of the natural Maori world.


Featuring Kotahi Te Wairua with Opus Orchestra and Te Mauri Kapa Haka.

Be immersed in the most exciting musical experience of the year!

“Kotahi te kohao o te ngira, e kuhuna ai te miro ma, te miro pango, te miro whero.”

“There is but one eye of the needle, through which white, black and red cotton are threaded.”


Join us, as we weave together the tradition of chamber orchestra, the thrill of kapa haka and the charm of ancient story telling in Te Miha, an exciting new work commissioned by Orchestras Central, with music written by New Zealand composer and conductor Stephen Small.

This musical experience will merge the sound of cultures colliding in striking harmony. Stage one retells the creation story of Papatuanuku and Ranginui by sewing Opus orchestra with the voices of Kotahi te Wairua. Stage two plaits the final thread of Te Mauri Kapa Haka into the tapestry, combining all three sounds for a euphonious and unique performance of the Latin Mass in Te Reo Māori – known as Te Miha as commissioned by the Pope.


Kotahi Te Wairua – comprises songwriters Gail Tipene, Sharon Emirali, Anthony Grey and Stephen Small, whose recently released album retells the myth of Ranginui and Papatuanuku and the emergence of the Gods of the natural Maori world.


Featuring Kotahi Te Wairua with Opus Orchestra and Te Mauri Kapa Haka.

Be immersed in the most exciting musical experience of the year!

“Kotahi te kohao o te ngira, e kuhuna ai te miro ma, te miro pango, te miro whero.”

“There is but one eye of the needle, through which white, black and red cotton are threaded.”


Join us, as we weave together the tradition of chamber orchestra, the thrill of kapa haka and the charm of ancient story telling in Te Miha, an exciting new work commissioned by Orchestras Central, with music written by New Zealand composer and conductor Stephen Small.

This musical experience will merge the sound of cultures colliding in striking harmony. Stage one retells the creation story of Papatuanuku and Ranginui by sewing Opus orchestra with the voices of Kotahi te Wairua. Stage two plaits the final thread of Te Mauri Kapa Haka into the tapestry, combining all three sounds for a euphonious and unique performance of the Latin Mass in Te Reo Māori – known as Te Miha as commissioned by the Pope.


Kotahi Te Wairua – comprises songwriters Gail Tipene, Sharon Emirali, Anthony Grey and Stephen Small, whose recently released album retells the myth of Ranginui and Papatuanuku and the emergence of the Gods of the natural Maori world.


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September 07, 2019 19:30 — September 07, 2019 21:30   ·   Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts

STROMA | Sonic Portraits

Concert

An evening of intimate chamber music, with five exciting composers from NZ and overseas, in the beautiful surroundings of the New Zealand Portrait Gallery. With guest soloists French cello virtuoso Séverine Ballon and Wellington-based taonga puoro legend Alistair Fraser, this concert also features the evocative masterwork Rain Coming by legendary Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu.


FEATURING:
Séverine Ballon | cello
Alistair Fraser | taonga puoro
Hamish McKeich | conductor


PROGRAMME:
Salina Fisher (NZ) | Kingfisher
Rebecca Saunders (UK) | Ire
Liza Lim (AUS) | An Ocean Beyond Earth
Ashley Fure (US) | Soma
Alistair Fraser & Simon Eastwood (NZ) | (new work)
Toru Takemitsu (JAP) | Rain Coming


An evening of intimate chamber music, with five exciting composers from NZ and overseas, in the beautiful surroundings of the New Zealand Portrait Gallery. With guest soloists French cello virtuoso Séverine Ballon and Wellington-based taonga puoro legend Alistair Fraser, this concert also features the evocative masterwork Rain Coming by legendary Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu.


FEATURING:
Séverine Ballon | cello
Alistair Fraser | taonga puoro
Hamish McKeich | conductor


PROGRAMME:
Salina Fisher (NZ) | Kingfisher
Rebecca Saunders (UK) | Ire
Liza Lim (AUS) | An Ocean Beyond Earth
Ashley Fure (US) | Soma
Alistair Fraser & Simon Eastwood (NZ) | (new work)
Toru Takemitsu (JAP) | Rain Coming


An evening of intimate chamber music, with five exciting composers from NZ and overseas, in the beautiful surroundings of the New Zealand Portrait Gallery. With guest soloists French cello virtuoso Séverine Ballon and Wellington-based taonga puoro legend Alistair Fraser, this concert also features the evocative masterwork Rain Coming by legendary Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu.


FEATURING:
Séverine Ballon | cello
Alistair Fraser | taonga puoro
Hamish McKeich | conductor


PROGRAMME:
Salina Fisher (NZ) | Kingfisher
Rebecca Saunders (UK) | Ire
Liza Lim (AUS) | An Ocean Beyond Earth
Ashley Fure (US) | Soma
Alistair Fraser & Simon Eastwood (NZ) | (new work)
Toru Takemitsu (JAP) | Rain Coming


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September 19, 2019 19:30 — September 19, 2019 21:00   ·   Portrait Gallery, Wellington

Christchurch Symphony Orchestra | The Planets

Concert

Benjamin Northey | Chief Conductor
Los Angeles Percussion Quartet


PROGRAMME:
Zappa | Night School
Gardner | Concerto for Percussion Quartet - WORLD PREMIERE
Holst | The Planets


Frank Zappa’s Night School, a work that oozes urban cool, incorporating elements of jazz, rock, funk and western classical traditions, opens this concert with panache.

Described by the New York Times as “mesmerizing”, the GRAMMY Award nominated Los Angeles Percussion Quartet will make their debut with the CSO, premiering a concerto commissioned to mark the occasion by New Zealand composer James Gardner.

Composed by English composer, Gustav Holst, The Planets has been enthusiastically embraced by audiences since its first performance. Representing the seven different planets of the solar system seen from Earth, this orchestral masterpiece captures the distinct astrological characters of each through colourful and imaginative orchestration.


Benjamin Northey | Chief Conductor
Los Angeles Percussion Quartet


PROGRAMME:
Zappa | Night School
Gardner | Concerto for Percussion Quartet - WORLD PREMIERE
Holst | The Planets


Frank Zappa’s Night School, a work that oozes urban cool, incorporating elements of jazz, rock, funk and western classical traditions, opens this concert with panache.

Described by the New York Times as “mesmerizing”, the GRAMMY Award nominated Los Angeles Percussion Quartet will make their debut with the CSO, premiering a concerto commissioned to mark the occasion by New Zealand composer James Gardner.

Composed by English composer, Gustav Holst, The Planets has been enthusiastically embraced by audiences since its first performance. Representing the seven different planets of the solar system seen from Earth, this orchestral masterpiece captures the distinct astrological characters of each through colourful and imaginative orchestration.


Benjamin Northey | Chief Conductor
Los Angeles Percussion Quartet


PROGRAMME:
Zappa | Night School
Gardner | Concerto for Percussion Quartet - WORLD PREMIERE
Holst | The Planets


Frank Zappa’s Night School, a work that oozes urban cool, incorporating elements of jazz, rock, funk and western classical traditions, opens this concert with panache.

Described by the New York Times as “mesmerizing”, the GRAMMY Award nominated Los Angeles Percussion Quartet will make their debut with the CSO, premiering a concerto commissioned to mark the occasion by New Zealand composer James Gardner.

Composed by English composer, Gustav Holst, The Planets has been enthusiastically embraced by audiences since its first performance. Representing the seven different planets of the solar system seen from Earth, this orchestral masterpiece captures the distinct astrological characters of each through colourful and imaginative orchestration.


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September 21, 2019 19:30 — September 21, 2019 21:30   ·   Christchurch Town Hall

NZTrio | Tectonic Impact

Concert

PROGRAMME:
Frank Bridge (UK) | Saltarello
Martin Lodge (NZ) | (new work)
Frank Bridge (UK) | Intermezzo
Ross Harris (NZ) | Senryu
Rebecca Clarke (UK) | Piano Trio
Alfred Schnittke (USSR) | Trio
Daniel Schnyder (USA) | Piano Trio


The three-concert TECTONIC series explores the fundamental forces that shape our land and society, Empires and Super Powers.

Aotearoa New Zealand is a very young land, geologically – freshly exposed by massive subterranean forces. 2019 marks the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s arrival on this young land, and of the first encounter between Māori and Europeans. We look back over the years since then and right up to the present, and reflect on Māoritanga, empire, colonisation, immigration, tolerance, unity and understanding. The first half of each concert commemorates this anniversary through the lens of Piano Trio. We examine the music and sounds that were heard in Aotearoa before that first encounter and the dialogue between Māori and Pākehā that ensued with brand new commissioned works involving Taonga Pūoro call and Piano Trio response. These new commissions come from composers sincerely engaged with Māoritanga and Taonga Pūoro: Dame Gillian Karawe Whitehead, Martin Lodge and Rob Thorne. We evoke the music and attitude that early settlers brought with them on the ships from Great Britain as they sought to extend the British Empire, through seldom-heard (and some freshly-discovered) old English tunes. We celebrate the intertwining of cultures and the subsequent evolution of music, with the culmination being found in 21st Century works by Kiwi composers. And we compare and contrast those with fresh new works from back in Cook’s motherland, Great Britain.

The second half of each concert focuses on old Cold War Super Powers and the struggle for supremacy. Towering masterpieces from USA and Russia/USSR loom menacingly in an icy standoff.


PROGRAMME:
Frank Bridge (UK) | Saltarello
Martin Lodge (NZ) | (new work)
Frank Bridge (UK) | Intermezzo
Ross Harris (NZ) | Senryu
Rebecca Clarke (UK) | Piano Trio
Alfred Schnittke (USSR) | Trio
Daniel Schnyder (USA) | Piano Trio


The three-concert TECTONIC series explores the fundamental forces that shape our land and society, Empires and Super Powers.

Aotearoa New Zealand is a very young land, geologically – freshly exposed by massive subterranean forces. 2019 marks the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s arrival on this young land, and of the first encounter between Māori and Europeans. We look back over the years since then and right up to the present, and reflect on Māoritanga, empire, colonisation, immigration, tolerance, unity and understanding. The first half of each concert commemorates this anniversary through the lens of Piano Trio. We examine the music and sounds that were heard in Aotearoa before that first encounter and the dialogue between Māori and Pākehā that ensued with brand new commissioned works involving Taonga Pūoro call and Piano Trio response. These new commissions come from composers sincerely engaged with Māoritanga and Taonga Pūoro: Dame Gillian Karawe Whitehead, Martin Lodge and Rob Thorne. We evoke the music and attitude that early settlers brought with them on the ships from Great Britain as they sought to extend the British Empire, through seldom-heard (and some freshly-discovered) old English tunes. We celebrate the intertwining of cultures and the subsequent evolution of music, with the culmination being found in 21st Century works by Kiwi composers. And we compare and contrast those with fresh new works from back in Cook’s motherland, Great Britain.

The second half of each concert focuses on old Cold War Super Powers and the struggle for supremacy. Towering masterpieces from USA and Russia/USSR loom menacingly in an icy standoff.


PROGRAMME:
Frank Bridge (UK) | Saltarello
Martin Lodge (NZ) | (new work)
Frank Bridge (UK) | Intermezzo
Ross Harris (NZ) | Senryu
Rebecca Clarke (UK) | Piano Trio
Alfred Schnittke (USSR) | Trio
Daniel Schnyder (USA) | Piano Trio


The three-concert TECTONIC series explores the fundamental forces that shape our land and society, Empires and Super Powers.

Aotearoa New Zealand is a very young land, geologically – freshly exposed by massive subterranean forces. 2019 marks the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s arrival on this young land, and of the first encounter between Māori and Europeans. We look back over the years since then and right up to the present, and reflect on Māoritanga, empire, colonisation, immigration, tolerance, unity and understanding. The first half of each concert commemorates this anniversary through the lens of Piano Trio. We examine the music and sounds that were heard in Aotearoa before that first encounter and the dialogue between Māori and Pākehā that ensued with brand new commissioned works involving Taonga Pūoro call and Piano Trio response. These new commissions come from composers sincerely engaged with Māoritanga and Taonga Pūoro: Dame Gillian Karawe Whitehead, Martin Lodge and Rob Thorne. We evoke the music and attitude that early settlers brought with them on the ships from Great Britain as they sought to extend the British Empire, through seldom-heard (and some freshly-discovered) old English tunes. We celebrate the intertwining of cultures and the subsequent evolution of music, with the culmination being found in 21st Century works by Kiwi composers. And we compare and contrast those with fresh new works from back in Cook’s motherland, Great Britain.

The second half of each concert focuses on old Cold War Super Powers and the struggle for supremacy. Towering masterpieces from USA and Russia/USSR loom menacingly in an icy standoff.


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October 13, 2019 18:00 — October 13, 2019 20:00   ·   Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland

NZTrio | Tectonic Impact

Concert

PROGRAMME:
Frank Bridge (UK) | Saltarello
Martin Lodge (NZ) | (new work)
Frank Bridge (UK) | Intermezzo
Ross Harris (NZ) | Senryu
Rebecca Clarke (UK) | Piano Trio
Alfred Schnittke (USSR) | Trio
Daniel Schnyder (USA) | Piano Trio


The three-concert TECTONIC series explores the fundamental forces that shape our land and society, Empires and Super Powers.

Aotearoa New Zealand is a very young land, geologically – freshly exposed by massive subterranean forces. 2019 marks the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s arrival on this young land, and of the first encounter between Māori and Europeans. We look back over the years since then and right up to the present, and reflect on Māoritanga, empire, colonisation, immigration, tolerance, unity and understanding. The first half of each concert commemorates this anniversary through the lens of Piano Trio. We examine the music and sounds that were heard in Aotearoa before that first encounter and the dialogue between Māori and Pākehā that ensued with brand new commissioned works involving Taonga Pūoro call and Piano Trio response. These new commissions come from composers sincerely engaged with Māoritanga and Taonga Pūoro: Dame Gillian Karawe Whitehead, Martin Lodge and Rob Thorne. We evoke the music and attitude that early settlers brought with them on the ships from Great Britain as they sought to extend the British Empire, through seldom-heard (and some freshly-discovered) old English tunes. We celebrate the intertwining of cultures and the subsequent evolution of music, with the culmination being found in 21st Century works by Kiwi composers. And we compare and contrast those with fresh new works from back in Cook’s motherland, Great Britain.

The second half of each concert focuses on old Cold War Super Powers and the struggle for supremacy. Towering masterpieces from USA and Russia/USSR loom menacingly in an icy standoff.


PROGRAMME:
Frank Bridge (UK) | Saltarello
Martin Lodge (NZ) | (new work)
Frank Bridge (UK) | Intermezzo
Ross Harris (NZ) | Senryu
Rebecca Clarke (UK) | Piano Trio
Alfred Schnittke (USSR) | Trio
Daniel Schnyder (USA) | Piano Trio


The three-concert TECTONIC series explores the fundamental forces that shape our land and society, Empires and Super Powers.

Aotearoa New Zealand is a very young land, geologically – freshly exposed by massive subterranean forces. 2019 marks the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s arrival on this young land, and of the first encounter between Māori and Europeans. We look back over the years since then and right up to the present, and reflect on Māoritanga, empire, colonisation, immigration, tolerance, unity and understanding. The first half of each concert commemorates this anniversary through the lens of Piano Trio. We examine the music and sounds that were heard in Aotearoa before that first encounter and the dialogue between Māori and Pākehā that ensued with brand new commissioned works involving Taonga Pūoro call and Piano Trio response. These new commissions come from composers sincerely engaged with Māoritanga and Taonga Pūoro: Dame Gillian Karawe Whitehead, Martin Lodge and Rob Thorne. We evoke the music and attitude that early settlers brought with them on the ships from Great Britain as they sought to extend the British Empire, through seldom-heard (and some freshly-discovered) old English tunes. We celebrate the intertwining of cultures and the subsequent evolution of music, with the culmination being found in 21st Century works by Kiwi composers. And we compare and contrast those with fresh new works from back in Cook’s motherland, Great Britain.

The second half of each concert focuses on old Cold War Super Powers and the struggle for supremacy. Towering masterpieces from USA and Russia/USSR loom menacingly in an icy standoff.


PROGRAMME:
Frank Bridge (UK) | Saltarello
Martin Lodge (NZ) | (new work)
Frank Bridge (UK) | Intermezzo
Ross Harris (NZ) | Senryu
Rebecca Clarke (UK) | Piano Trio
Alfred Schnittke (USSR) | Trio
Daniel Schnyder (USA) | Piano Trio


The three-concert TECTONIC series explores the fundamental forces that shape our land and society, Empires and Super Powers.

Aotearoa New Zealand is a very young land, geologically – freshly exposed by massive subterranean forces. 2019 marks the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s arrival on this young land, and of the first encounter between Māori and Europeans. We look back over the years since then and right up to the present, and reflect on Māoritanga, empire, colonisation, immigration, tolerance, unity and understanding. The first half of each concert commemorates this anniversary through the lens of Piano Trio. We examine the music and sounds that were heard in Aotearoa before that first encounter and the dialogue between Māori and Pākehā that ensued with brand new commissioned works involving Taonga Pūoro call and Piano Trio response. These new commissions come from composers sincerely engaged with Māoritanga and Taonga Pūoro: Dame Gillian Karawe Whitehead, Martin Lodge and Rob Thorne. We evoke the music and attitude that early settlers brought with them on the ships from Great Britain as they sought to extend the British Empire, through seldom-heard (and some freshly-discovered) old English tunes. We celebrate the intertwining of cultures and the subsequent evolution of music, with the culmination being found in 21st Century works by Kiwi composers. And we compare and contrast those with fresh new works from back in Cook’s motherland, Great Britain.

The second half of each concert focuses on old Cold War Super Powers and the struggle for supremacy. Towering masterpieces from USA and Russia/USSR loom menacingly in an icy standoff.


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October 15, 2019 19:00 — October 15, 2019 21:00   ·   ASB Theatre Marlborough, Blenheim

NZSO | Te Māpouriki

Tour

Jun Märkl | Conductor
Samuel Jacobs | Horn


PROGRAMME:
Kenneth Young | Te Māpouriki
W.A. Mozart | Symphony No. 31 in D major, K. 297 'Paris'
Richard Strauss | Horn Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 11
Mendelssohn | Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Op. 27
R. Schumann | Symphony No. 1 in Bb major, Op. 38 'Spring'


German-Japanese conductor Jun Märkl conducts a spring concert that includes an exciting new New Zealand work and some popular classics.

Te Māpouriki by New Zealand composer Kenneth Young was commissioned NZSO Cook’s Landfall Series to mark 250 years since the first encounters between Māori and European settlers. It reflects how Cook was changed by his experiences.

Mozart’s vigorous Paris Symphony was written while the composer was in Paris looking for work. The first movement begins with a rising, accelerating scale – an effect known as the Mannheim rocket.

Richard Strauss was a prolific composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras, composing many chamber, orchestral, solo works as well as many Operas. His first horn concerto, written when he was just 18 is still a popular work today and will be performed by NZSO principal horn Samuel Jacobs.

Mendelssohn’s concert overture Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage is based on two poems by Goethe. The fanfare at the end of the work suggests that despite the absence of wind at the beginning, the sailing ship reached its destination.

Robert Schumann wrote his First Symphony – Spring in just four days. According to his wife, the title is inspired by poet Adolf Böttger’s Frühlingsgedicht (Spring poem). The last lines read “O turn, O turn and change your course— In the valley spring blooms forth!”


Jun Märkl | Conductor
Samuel Jacobs | Horn


PROGRAMME:
Kenneth Young | Te Māpouriki
W.A. Mozart | Symphony No. 31 in D major, K. 297 'Paris'
Richard Strauss | Horn Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 11
Mendelssohn | Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Op. 27
R. Schumann | Symphony No. 1 in Bb major, Op. 38 'Spring'


German-Japanese conductor Jun Märkl conducts a spring concert that includes an exciting new New Zealand work and some popular classics.

Te Māpouriki by New Zealand composer Kenneth Young was commissioned NZSO Cook’s Landfall Series to mark 250 years since the first encounters between Māori and European settlers. It reflects how Cook was changed by his experiences.

Mozart’s vigorous Paris Symphony was written while the composer was in Paris looking for work. The first movement begins with a rising, accelerating scale – an effect known as the Mannheim rocket.

Richard Strauss was a prolific composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras, composing many chamber, orchestral, solo works as well as many Operas. His first horn concerto, written when he was just 18 is still a popular work today and will be performed by NZSO principal horn Samuel Jacobs.

Mendelssohn’s concert overture Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage is based on two poems by Goethe. The fanfare at the end of the work suggests that despite the absence of wind at the beginning, the sailing ship reached its destination.

Robert Schumann wrote his First Symphony – Spring in just four days. According to his wife, the title is inspired by poet Adolf Böttger’s Frühlingsgedicht (Spring poem). The last lines read “O turn, O turn and change your course— In the valley spring blooms forth!”


Jun Märkl | Conductor
Samuel Jacobs | Horn


PROGRAMME:
Kenneth Young | Te Māpouriki
W.A. Mozart | Symphony No. 31 in D major, K. 297 'Paris'
Richard Strauss | Horn Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 11
Mendelssohn | Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Op. 27
R. Schumann | Symphony No. 1 in Bb major, Op. 38 'Spring'


German-Japanese conductor Jun Märkl conducts a spring concert that includes an exciting new New Zealand work and some popular classics.

Te Māpouriki by New Zealand composer Kenneth Young was commissioned NZSO Cook’s Landfall Series to mark 250 years since the first encounters between Māori and European settlers. It reflects how Cook was changed by his experiences.

Mozart’s vigorous Paris Symphony was written while the composer was in Paris looking for work. The first movement begins with a rising, accelerating scale – an effect known as the Mannheim rocket.

Richard Strauss was a prolific composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras, composing many chamber, orchestral, solo works as well as many Operas. His first horn concerto, written when he was just 18 is still a popular work today and will be performed by NZSO principal horn Samuel Jacobs.

Mendelssohn’s concert overture Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage is based on two poems by Goethe. The fanfare at the end of the work suggests that despite the absence of wind at the beginning, the sailing ship reached its destination.

Robert Schumann wrote his First Symphony – Spring in just four days. According to his wife, the title is inspired by poet Adolf Böttger’s Frühlingsgedicht (Spring poem). The last lines read “O turn, O turn and change your course— In the valley spring blooms forth!”


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October 17, 2019 19:30 — October 24, 2019 21:00   ·   Gisborne, Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Napier and Wellington

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra | Conflict and Triumph

Concert

Giordano Bellincampi | Conductor
Ning Feng | Violin


PROGRAMME:
Salina Fisher | (new work)
Beethoven | Violin Concerto
Nielsen | Symphony No.5


The extraordinarily talented young New Zealand violinist and composer, Salina Fisher, was the youngest ever winner of the SOUNZ Contemporary Award, and she’s won it again since. We are eagerly waiting to hear what she’s got in store for us in her new piece. APO favourite Ning Feng returns with Beethoven’s titanic concerto, one of the summits of the violinist’s repertoire. Giordano Bellincampi continues his survey of his compatriot Carl Nielsen’s music with this remarkable symphony. The then-recent First World War is echoed in staggeringly violent music, with a rogue snare drum doing its best to upend the orchestra.


Giordano Bellincampi | Conductor
Ning Feng | Violin


PROGRAMME:
Salina Fisher | (new work)
Beethoven | Violin Concerto
Nielsen | Symphony No.5


The extraordinarily talented young New Zealand violinist and composer, Salina Fisher, was the youngest ever winner of the SOUNZ Contemporary Award, and she’s won it again since. We are eagerly waiting to hear what she’s got in store for us in her new piece. APO favourite Ning Feng returns with Beethoven’s titanic concerto, one of the summits of the violinist’s repertoire. Giordano Bellincampi continues his survey of his compatriot Carl Nielsen’s music with this remarkable symphony. The then-recent First World War is echoed in staggeringly violent music, with a rogue snare drum doing its best to upend the orchestra.


Giordano Bellincampi | Conductor
Ning Feng | Violin


PROGRAMME:
Salina Fisher | (new work)
Beethoven | Violin Concerto
Nielsen | Symphony No.5


The extraordinarily talented young New Zealand violinist and composer, Salina Fisher, was the youngest ever winner of the SOUNZ Contemporary Award, and she’s won it again since. We are eagerly waiting to hear what she’s got in store for us in her new piece. APO favourite Ning Feng returns with Beethoven’s titanic concerto, one of the summits of the violinist’s repertoire. Giordano Bellincampi continues his survey of his compatriot Carl Nielsen’s music with this remarkable symphony. The then-recent First World War is echoed in staggeringly violent music, with a rogue snare drum doing its best to upend the orchestra.


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November 14, 2019 20:00 — November 14, 2019 22:00   ·   Auckland Town Hall

Sinfonia for Hope | Cello for Africa

Concert

Cello for Africa, directed by Sinfonia for Hope, brings together musicians from Africa and New Zealand in a concert to raise funds for the Tamariki Education Centre, a primary school in the slums of Nairobi, founded by New Zealander, Denise Carnihan.

Featuring top NZ cellists, Sam Manzanza from the Congo, musicians from NZSO, Orchestra Wellington, the Universities of Otago and Victoria, youth groups Lyrica Choir (Kelburn School), Virtuoso Strings and Stringendo, this will be an extraordinary event.

Concerto for an African Cellist by Hans Huyssen, will feature cellist Heleen du Plessis (both from South Africa) with Sinfonia for Hope and will be conducted by the composer.

Kia Kaha Tamariki by Anthony Ritchie will feature African and Maori instruments and violinist Amalia Hall with Cellophonia (an all-cello ensemble).

Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos will feature Inbal Megiddo and Rolf Gjelsten with Stringendo (Wellington Children’s String Orchestra). Don’t miss this incredible concert!

Cello for Africa, directed by Sinfonia for Hope, brings together musicians from Africa and New Zealand in a concert to raise funds for the Tamariki Education Centre, a primary school in the slums of Nairobi, founded by New Zealander, Denise Carnihan.

Featuring top NZ cellists, Sam Manzanza from the Congo, musicians from NZSO, Orchestra Wellington, the Universities of Otago and Victoria, youth groups Lyrica Choir (Kelburn School), Virtuoso Strings and Stringendo, this will be an extraordinary event.

Concerto for an African Cellist by Hans Huyssen, will feature cellist Heleen du Plessis (both from South Africa) with Sinfonia for Hope and will be conducted by the composer.

Kia Kaha Tamariki by Anthony Ritchie will feature African and Maori instruments and violinist Amalia Hall with Cellophonia (an all-cello ensemble).

Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos will feature Inbal Megiddo and Rolf Gjelsten with Stringendo (Wellington Children’s String Orchestra). Don’t miss this incredible concert!

Cello for Africa, directed by Sinfonia for Hope, brings together musicians from Africa and New Zealand in a concert to raise funds for the Tamariki Education Centre, a primary school in the slums of Nairobi, founded by New Zealander, Denise Carnihan.

Featuring top NZ cellists, Sam Manzanza from the Congo, musicians from NZSO, Orchestra Wellington, the Universities of Otago and Victoria, youth groups Lyrica Choir (Kelburn School), Virtuoso Strings and Stringendo, this will be an extraordinary event.

Concerto for an African Cellist by Hans Huyssen, will feature cellist Heleen du Plessis (both from South Africa) with Sinfonia for Hope and will be conducted by the composer.

Kia Kaha Tamariki by Anthony Ritchie will feature African and Maori instruments and violinist Amalia Hall with Cellophonia (an all-cello ensemble).

Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos will feature Inbal Megiddo and Rolf Gjelsten with Stringendo (Wellington Children’s String Orchestra). Don’t miss this incredible concert!

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November 24, 2019 18:00   ·   Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua

NZSO Shed Series | Unwound

Concert

Hamish McKeich | Conductor
Russel Walder | Oboe


PROGRAMME:
Tchaikovsky/Ellington | The Nutcracker Suite (Selection)
John Luther Adams | Become River (New Zealand premiere)
Milhaud | Saudades do Brasil, Op. 67 (Selection)
Derek Bermel | Canzonas Americanas: Mvts. 1-3 (New Zealand premiere)
Russel Walder arr. Psathas | Untitled new work (World premiere)


The finale of the 2019 Shed Series presents a programme of light, relaxing music to entertain as we head towards the end of the year.

Grammy Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams’ Become River is a beautiful and meditative piece of music inspired by the natural world and is part of a trilogy of works including Become Ocean and Become Desert.

Derek Bermel’s Canzonas Americanas conjures up the North American continent with elements of Native American blues, rock, funk and other inspirations, including American music giant Aaron Copland.

French composer Darius Milhaud will take the audience to Brazil with Saudades do Brasil, a mesmerising musical journey through the sights and sounds of Rio de Janeiro.

Oboist Russel Walder joins the NZSO to perform three of his own works specially arranged for oboe and orchestra by John Psathas. These pieces are inspired by the concepts of meditation and self-awakening and audiences can expect a mesmerising, otherworldly live performance.

Jeff Tyzik’s arrangement of The Nutcracker Suite, by Duke Ellington and long time collaborator Billy Strayhorn, will have you snapping your fingers to the beat of this much-loved jazz interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.


Hamish McKeich | Conductor
Russel Walder | Oboe


PROGRAMME:
Tchaikovsky/Ellington | The Nutcracker Suite (Selection)
John Luther Adams | Become River (New Zealand premiere)
Milhaud | Saudades do Brasil, Op. 67 (Selection)
Derek Bermel | Canzonas Americanas: Mvts. 1-3 (New Zealand premiere)
Russel Walder arr. Psathas | Untitled new work (World premiere)


The finale of the 2019 Shed Series presents a programme of light, relaxing music to entertain as we head towards the end of the year.

Grammy Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams’ Become River is a beautiful and meditative piece of music inspired by the natural world and is part of a trilogy of works including Become Ocean and Become Desert.

Derek Bermel’s Canzonas Americanas conjures up the North American continent with elements of Native American blues, rock, funk and other inspirations, including American music giant Aaron Copland.

French composer Darius Milhaud will take the audience to Brazil with Saudades do Brasil, a mesmerising musical journey through the sights and sounds of Rio de Janeiro.

Oboist Russel Walder joins the NZSO to perform three of his own works specially arranged for oboe and orchestra by John Psathas. These pieces are inspired by the concepts of meditation and self-awakening and audiences can expect a mesmerising, otherworldly live performance.

Jeff Tyzik’s arrangement of The Nutcracker Suite, by Duke Ellington and long time collaborator Billy Strayhorn, will have you snapping your fingers to the beat of this much-loved jazz interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.


Hamish McKeich | Conductor
Russel Walder | Oboe


PROGRAMME:
Tchaikovsky/Ellington | The Nutcracker Suite (Selection)
John Luther Adams | Become River (New Zealand premiere)
Milhaud | Saudades do Brasil, Op. 67 (Selection)
Derek Bermel | Canzonas Americanas: Mvts. 1-3 (New Zealand premiere)
Russel Walder arr. Psathas | Untitled new work (World premiere)


The finale of the 2019 Shed Series presents a programme of light, relaxing music to entertain as we head towards the end of the year.

Grammy Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams’ Become River is a beautiful and meditative piece of music inspired by the natural world and is part of a trilogy of works including Become Ocean and Become Desert.

Derek Bermel’s Canzonas Americanas conjures up the North American continent with elements of Native American blues, rock, funk and other inspirations, including American music giant Aaron Copland.

French composer Darius Milhaud will take the audience to Brazil with Saudades do Brasil, a mesmerising musical journey through the sights and sounds of Rio de Janeiro.

Oboist Russel Walder joins the NZSO to perform three of his own works specially arranged for oboe and orchestra by John Psathas. These pieces are inspired by the concepts of meditation and self-awakening and audiences can expect a mesmerising, otherworldly live performance.

Jeff Tyzik’s arrangement of The Nutcracker Suite, by Duke Ellington and long time collaborator Billy Strayhorn, will have you snapping your fingers to the beat of this much-loved jazz interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.


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November 30, 2019 19:30 — November 30, 2019 22:00   ·   Shed 6, Wellington

NZTrio | Tectonic Uprising

Concert

PROGRAMME:
Frank Bridge (UK) | Hornpipe
New NZ Commission (tbc)
Edward Elgar (UK) | Lento assai – Allegro moderato
Samuel Holloway (NZ) | Stapes
Frank Bridge (UK) | Valse Russe
Charlotte Bray (UK) | That Crazed Smile
Charles Ives (US) | Trio
Dmitri Shostakovich (USSR) | Piano Trio No.2 in e minor


The three-concert TECTONIC series explores the fundamental forces that shape our land and society, Empires and Super Powers.

Aotearoa New Zealand is a very young land, geologically – freshly exposed by massive subterranean forces. 2019 marks the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s arrival on this young land, and of the first encounter between Māori and Europeans. We look back over the years since then and right up to the present, and reflect on Māoritanga, empire, colonisation, immigration, tolerance, unity and understanding. The first half of each concert commemorates this anniversary through the lens of Piano Trio. We examine the music and sounds that were heard in Aotearoa before that first encounter and the dialogue between Māori and Pākehā that ensued with brand new commissioned works involving Taonga Pūoro call and Piano Trio response. These new commissions come from composers sincerely engaged with Māoritanga and Taonga Pūoro: Dame Gillian Karawe Whitehead, Martin Lodge and Rob Thorne. We evoke the music and attitude that early settlers brought with them on the ships from Great Britain as they sought to extend the British Empire, through seldom-heard (and some freshly-discovered) old English tunes. We celebrate the intertwining of cultures and the subsequent evolution of music, with the culmination being found in 21st Century works by Kiwi composers. And we compare and contrast those with fresh new works from back in Cook’s motherland, Great Britain.

The second half of each concert focuses on old Cold War Super Powers and the struggle for supremacy. Towering masterpieces from USA and Russia/USSR loom menacingly in an icy standoff.


PROGRAMME:
Frank Bridge (UK) | Hornpipe
New NZ Commission (tbc)
Edward Elgar (UK) | Lento assai – Allegro moderato
Samuel Holloway (NZ) | Stapes
Frank Bridge (UK) | Valse Russe
Charlotte Bray (UK) | That Crazed Smile
Charles Ives (US) | Trio
Dmitri Shostakovich (USSR) | Piano Trio No.2 in e minor


The three-concert TECTONIC series explores the fundamental forces that shape our land and society, Empires and Super Powers.

Aotearoa New Zealand is a very young land, geologically – freshly exposed by massive subterranean forces. 2019 marks the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s arrival on this young land, and of the first encounter between Māori and Europeans. We look back over the years since then and right up to the present, and reflect on Māoritanga, empire, colonisation, immigration, tolerance, unity and understanding. The first half of each concert commemorates this anniversary through the lens of Piano Trio. We examine the music and sounds that were heard in Aotearoa before that first encounter and the dialogue between Māori and Pākehā that ensued with brand new commissioned works involving Taonga Pūoro call and Piano Trio response. These new commissions come from composers sincerely engaged with Māoritanga and Taonga Pūoro: Dame Gillian Karawe Whitehead, Martin Lodge and Rob Thorne. We evoke the music and attitude that early settlers brought with them on the ships from Great Britain as they sought to extend the British Empire, through seldom-heard (and some freshly-discovered) old English tunes. We celebrate the intertwining of cultures and the subsequent evolution of music, with the culmination being found in 21st Century works by Kiwi composers. And we compare and contrast those with fresh new works from back in Cook’s motherland, Great Britain.

The second half of each concert focuses on old Cold War Super Powers and the struggle for supremacy. Towering masterpieces from USA and Russia/USSR loom menacingly in an icy standoff.


PROGRAMME:
Frank Bridge (UK) | Hornpipe
New NZ Commission (tbc)
Edward Elgar (UK) | Lento assai – Allegro moderato
Samuel Holloway (NZ) | Stapes
Frank Bridge (UK) | Valse Russe
Charlotte Bray (UK) | That Crazed Smile
Charles Ives (US) | Trio
Dmitri Shostakovich (USSR) | Piano Trio No.2 in e minor


The three-concert TECTONIC series explores the fundamental forces that shape our land and society, Empires and Super Powers.

Aotearoa New Zealand is a very young land, geologically – freshly exposed by massive subterranean forces. 2019 marks the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s arrival on this young land, and of the first encounter between Māori and Europeans. We look back over the years since then and right up to the present, and reflect on Māoritanga, empire, colonisation, immigration, tolerance, unity and understanding. The first half of each concert commemorates this anniversary through the lens of Piano Trio. We examine the music and sounds that were heard in Aotearoa before that first encounter and the dialogue between Māori and Pākehā that ensued with brand new commissioned works involving Taonga Pūoro call and Piano Trio response. These new commissions come from composers sincerely engaged with Māoritanga and Taonga Pūoro: Dame Gillian Karawe Whitehead, Martin Lodge and Rob Thorne. We evoke the music and attitude that early settlers brought with them on the ships from Great Britain as they sought to extend the British Empire, through seldom-heard (and some freshly-discovered) old English tunes. We celebrate the intertwining of cultures and the subsequent evolution of music, with the culmination being found in 21st Century works by Kiwi composers. And we compare and contrast those with fresh new works from back in Cook’s motherland, Great Britain.

The second half of each concert focuses on old Cold War Super Powers and the struggle for supremacy. Towering masterpieces from USA and Russia/USSR loom menacingly in an icy standoff.


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December 15, 2019 18:00 — December 15, 2019 19:30   ·   Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland
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