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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

Auckland Choral Foundation | Student Composers Prize 2020

Opportunity

Auckland Choral is Auckland’s symphonic choir. For its concert series in 2020, it is offering two awards for student compositions - one for secondary school and one for tertiary age students. A prize in each category is offered for the best work, as selected by an adjudicator nominated by the choir’s management committee. The choir will schedule the winning works during 2020.


Entries due 20 January 2020.

Click here for competition rules and guidelines.


Auckland Choral is Auckland’s symphonic choir. For its concert series in 2020, it is offering two awards for student compositions - one for secondary school and one for tertiary age students. A prize in each category is offered for the best work, as selected by an adjudicator nominated by the choir’s management committee. The choir will schedule the winning works during 2020.


Entries due 20 January 2020.

Click here for competition rules and guidelines.


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September 01, 2019 09:00 — January 20, 2020 17:00

Voices New Zealand | Taonga Moana

Concert

Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir
Dr Karen Grylls | Music Director
Sara Brodie | Director/Storyboard
Briar Grace-Smith | Script Development
Tim and Michael Gruchy | Audio Visuals


Taonga Moana - A love letter to the oceans

Programme:

The Call of the Kuaka
Karakia of the Stars | David Hamilton (New Zealand)
Frobisher Bay | James Gordon arr. Diane Loomer (Canada)
The Seafarer | Jaakko Mäntyjärvi (Finland)*
The Sorrow Song of Whales | Jeff Enns (Canada)
Hind Mahaasaagar | Warren Maxwell (New Zealand)*
Henkatan Jiwa | Ken Steven (Indonesia)
A Drop in the Ocean | Eriks Esenvalds (Latvia)
Observer in the Magellanic Cloud | Mason Bates (USA)
Hei te tai Tonga | Warren Maxwell (New Zealand)*

* world premiere


New Zealand’s premier national chamber choir Voices New Zealand perform a stunning musical and visual reminder about the beauty and importance of our oceans, essential to survival on our planet. This inspiring concert celebrates our oceans as taonga with uplifting and moving music from around the globe.

A newly commissioned work by New Zealand’s Warren Maxwell (composer of the glorious soundtrack to the Waka Odyssey in the 2018 NZ Festival) will capture his personal experiences of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica when spending time on the ice. Traversing the northern ocean currents, Finnish composer Jaakko Mäntyjärvi will create a new work about the Arctic Ocean.

A landscape of projected moving images will accompany the music. Created by multimedia artists Tim and Mic Gruchy whose visual designs have featured in works by the likes of Opera Australia, Sydney Theatre Company, New Zealand Festival and Australian Dance Theatre, this will be a spectacular audio visual celebration.


Performances:

Invercargill | 4th October
Dunedin | 5th October
Christchurch | 6th October
Hamilton | 11th October
New Plymouth | 12th October
Palmerston North | 13th October
Napier | 18th October
Nelson | 19th October


Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir
Dr Karen Grylls | Music Director
Sara Brodie | Director/Storyboard
Briar Grace-Smith | Script Development
Tim and Michael Gruchy | Audio Visuals


Taonga Moana - A love letter to the oceans

Programme:

The Call of the Kuaka
Karakia of the Stars | David Hamilton (New Zealand)
Frobisher Bay | James Gordon arr. Diane Loomer (Canada)
The Seafarer | Jaakko Mäntyjärvi (Finland)*
The Sorrow Song of Whales | Jeff Enns (Canada)
Hind Mahaasaagar | Warren Maxwell (New Zealand)*
Henkatan Jiwa | Ken Steven (Indonesia)
A Drop in the Ocean | Eriks Esenvalds (Latvia)
Observer in the Magellanic Cloud | Mason Bates (USA)
Hei te tai Tonga | Warren Maxwell (New Zealand)*

* world premiere


New Zealand’s premier national chamber choir Voices New Zealand perform a stunning musical and visual reminder about the beauty and importance of our oceans, essential to survival on our planet. This inspiring concert celebrates our oceans as taonga with uplifting and moving music from around the globe.

A newly commissioned work by New Zealand’s Warren Maxwell (composer of the glorious soundtrack to the Waka Odyssey in the 2018 NZ Festival) will capture his personal experiences of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica when spending time on the ice. Traversing the northern ocean currents, Finnish composer Jaakko Mäntyjärvi will create a new work about the Arctic Ocean.

A landscape of projected moving images will accompany the music. Created by multimedia artists Tim and Mic Gruchy whose visual designs have featured in works by the likes of Opera Australia, Sydney Theatre Company, New Zealand Festival and Australian Dance Theatre, this will be a spectacular audio visual celebration.


Performances:

Invercargill | 4th October
Dunedin | 5th October
Christchurch | 6th October
Hamilton | 11th October
New Plymouth | 12th October
Palmerston North | 13th October
Napier | 18th October
Nelson | 19th October


Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir
Dr Karen Grylls | Music Director
Sara Brodie | Director/Storyboard
Briar Grace-Smith | Script Development
Tim and Michael Gruchy | Audio Visuals


Taonga Moana - A love letter to the oceans

Programme:

The Call of the Kuaka
Karakia of the Stars | David Hamilton (New Zealand)
Frobisher Bay | James Gordon arr. Diane Loomer (Canada)
The Seafarer | Jaakko Mäntyjärvi (Finland)*
The Sorrow Song of Whales | Jeff Enns (Canada)
Hind Mahaasaagar | Warren Maxwell (New Zealand)*
Henkatan Jiwa | Ken Steven (Indonesia)
A Drop in the Ocean | Eriks Esenvalds (Latvia)
Observer in the Magellanic Cloud | Mason Bates (USA)
Hei te tai Tonga | Warren Maxwell (New Zealand)*

* world premiere


New Zealand’s premier national chamber choir Voices New Zealand perform a stunning musical and visual reminder about the beauty and importance of our oceans, essential to survival on our planet. This inspiring concert celebrates our oceans as taonga with uplifting and moving music from around the globe.

A newly commissioned work by New Zealand’s Warren Maxwell (composer of the glorious soundtrack to the Waka Odyssey in the 2018 NZ Festival) will capture his personal experiences of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica when spending time on the ice. Traversing the northern ocean currents, Finnish composer Jaakko Mäntyjärvi will create a new work about the Arctic Ocean.

A landscape of projected moving images will accompany the music. Created by multimedia artists Tim and Mic Gruchy whose visual designs have featured in works by the likes of Opera Australia, Sydney Theatre Company, New Zealand Festival and Australian Dance Theatre, this will be a spectacular audio visual celebration.


Performances:

Invercargill | 4th October
Dunedin | 5th October
Christchurch | 6th October
Hamilton | 11th October
New Plymouth | 12th October
Palmerston North | 13th October
Napier | 18th October
Nelson | 19th October


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October 04, 2019 19:00 — October 19, 2019 21:00   ·   Invercargill, Dunedin, Christchurch, Hamilton, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Napier and Nelson

100 Years Journey: 1919-2019

Tour

Robert Ashworth | viola
Sherry Grant | piano
Inbal Megiddo | cello


Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra principal violist Robert Ashworth and pianist Sherry Grant present a series of six viola concerts in Auckland and Wellington in October 2019 to celebrate the 100 years of journey in human history since the year after the end of WWI.

Through this concert series they would also like to pay musical tributes to NZ Mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary (1919-2008), NZ artist Colin McCahon (1919-1987), APO founding member John Ure (1952-2019), Dutch Baroque cellist Anner Bylsma (1934-2019), and American novelist Toni Morrison (1931-2019), each with a new commissioned composition.

They will be performing three programmes, with several world premieres of newly commissioned NZ viola/piano compositions. In the chamber programme they are joined by cellist Inbal Megiddo, who is the current Head of Cello Studies at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington.


VIOLA RECITAL 1

Sunday, 6 October, 7 - 9pm | All Saints Church, Howick, Auckland
Friday, 11 October, 7 - 9pm | St Andrew's on the Terrace, Wellington

PROGRAMME:
Robert Schumann | Märchenbilder
Johannes Brahms | Viola Sonata, Op.120, No.2 in Eb
Matthias Hutter | Nocturne oublié (2019) **
Dmitri Shostakovich | Viola Sonata, Op. 147
Ben Fernandez | Summit (2019, NZ) **


VIOLA RECITAL 2

Sunday, 27 October, 7 - 9pm | St George's Church, Takapuna, Auckland
Saturday, 12 October, 7 - 9pm | Adam Concert Room, Victoria University, Wellington

Rebecca Clarke | Viola Sonata (1919)
Paul Hindemith | Viola Sonata, Op.11, No.4 (1919)
David Hamilton | Wairere (Waterfall) (2019, NZ) **
Ernest Bloch | Suite (1919)
Chris Artley | An Anzac Reflection (2019, NZ)


CHAMBER RECITAL

Saturday, 19 October, 7 - 9pm | St Luke's Church, Remuera, Auckland
Thursday, 10 October, 7 - 9pm | Adam Concert Room, Victoria University, Wellington

J.S. Bach | Solo Cello Suite
Johannes Brahms | Viola Sonata, Op.120, No. 1 in F
J.S. Bach | Gamba Sonata, No. 1
Johannes Brahms | Piano Trio Op. 114
Carvin Knowles | Der Dybbuk Doina **

** world premiere


VIOLA MASTERCLASS

Friday, 11 October, 9am - 12:30pm | St Andrew's on the Terrace, Wellington

Featuring Robert Ashworth and viola students of Victoria University (FREE ADMISSION)


Robert Ashworth | viola
Sherry Grant | piano
Inbal Megiddo | cello


Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra principal violist Robert Ashworth and pianist Sherry Grant present a series of six viola concerts in Auckland and Wellington in October 2019 to celebrate the 100 years of journey in human history since the year after the end of WWI.

Through this concert series they would also like to pay musical tributes to NZ Mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary (1919-2008), NZ artist Colin McCahon (1919-1987), APO founding member John Ure (1952-2019), Dutch Baroque cellist Anner Bylsma (1934-2019), and American novelist Toni Morrison (1931-2019), each with a new commissioned composition.

They will be performing three programmes, with several world premieres of newly commissioned NZ viola/piano compositions. In the chamber programme they are joined by cellist Inbal Megiddo, who is the current Head of Cello Studies at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington.


VIOLA RECITAL 1

Sunday, 6 October, 7 - 9pm | All Saints Church, Howick, Auckland
Friday, 11 October, 7 - 9pm | St Andrew's on the Terrace, Wellington

PROGRAMME:
Robert Schumann | Märchenbilder
Johannes Brahms | Viola Sonata, Op.120, No.2 in Eb
Matthias Hutter | Nocturne oublié (2019) **
Dmitri Shostakovich | Viola Sonata, Op. 147
Ben Fernandez | Summit (2019, NZ) **


VIOLA RECITAL 2

Sunday, 27 October, 7 - 9pm | St George's Church, Takapuna, Auckland
Saturday, 12 October, 7 - 9pm | Adam Concert Room, Victoria University, Wellington

Rebecca Clarke | Viola Sonata (1919)
Paul Hindemith | Viola Sonata, Op.11, No.4 (1919)
David Hamilton | Wairere (Waterfall) (2019, NZ) **
Ernest Bloch | Suite (1919)
Chris Artley | An Anzac Reflection (2019, NZ)


CHAMBER RECITAL

Saturday, 19 October, 7 - 9pm | St Luke's Church, Remuera, Auckland
Thursday, 10 October, 7 - 9pm | Adam Concert Room, Victoria University, Wellington

J.S. Bach | Solo Cello Suite
Johannes Brahms | Viola Sonata, Op.120, No. 1 in F
J.S. Bach | Gamba Sonata, No. 1
Johannes Brahms | Piano Trio Op. 114
Carvin Knowles | Der Dybbuk Doina **

** world premiere


VIOLA MASTERCLASS

Friday, 11 October, 9am - 12:30pm | St Andrew's on the Terrace, Wellington

Featuring Robert Ashworth and viola students of Victoria University (FREE ADMISSION)


Robert Ashworth | viola
Sherry Grant | piano
Inbal Megiddo | cello


Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra principal violist Robert Ashworth and pianist Sherry Grant present a series of six viola concerts in Auckland and Wellington in October 2019 to celebrate the 100 years of journey in human history since the year after the end of WWI.

Through this concert series they would also like to pay musical tributes to NZ Mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary (1919-2008), NZ artist Colin McCahon (1919-1987), APO founding member John Ure (1952-2019), Dutch Baroque cellist Anner Bylsma (1934-2019), and American novelist Toni Morrison (1931-2019), each with a new commissioned composition.

They will be performing three programmes, with several world premieres of newly commissioned NZ viola/piano compositions. In the chamber programme they are joined by cellist Inbal Megiddo, who is the current Head of Cello Studies at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington.


VIOLA RECITAL 1

Sunday, 6 October, 7 - 9pm | All Saints Church, Howick, Auckland
Friday, 11 October, 7 - 9pm | St Andrew's on the Terrace, Wellington

PROGRAMME:
Robert Schumann | Märchenbilder
Johannes Brahms | Viola Sonata, Op.120, No.2 in Eb
Matthias Hutter | Nocturne oublié (2019) **
Dmitri Shostakovich | Viola Sonata, Op. 147
Ben Fernandez | Summit (2019, NZ) **


VIOLA RECITAL 2

Sunday, 27 October, 7 - 9pm | St George's Church, Takapuna, Auckland
Saturday, 12 October, 7 - 9pm | Adam Concert Room, Victoria University, Wellington

Rebecca Clarke | Viola Sonata (1919)
Paul Hindemith | Viola Sonata, Op.11, No.4 (1919)
David Hamilton | Wairere (Waterfall) (2019, NZ) **
Ernest Bloch | Suite (1919)
Chris Artley | An Anzac Reflection (2019, NZ)


CHAMBER RECITAL

Saturday, 19 October, 7 - 9pm | St Luke's Church, Remuera, Auckland
Thursday, 10 October, 7 - 9pm | Adam Concert Room, Victoria University, Wellington

J.S. Bach | Solo Cello Suite
Johannes Brahms | Viola Sonata, Op.120, No. 1 in F
J.S. Bach | Gamba Sonata, No. 1
Johannes Brahms | Piano Trio Op. 114
Carvin Knowles | Der Dybbuk Doina **

** world premiere


VIOLA MASTERCLASS

Friday, 11 October, 9am - 12:30pm | St Andrew's on the Terrace, Wellington

Featuring Robert Ashworth and viola students of Victoria University (FREE ADMISSION)


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October 06, 2019 19:00 — October 27, 2019 21:00   ·   All Saints Church, Howick | Adam Concert Room, Wellington | St Andrew's on the Terrace, Wellington | St Luke's Church, Remuera | St George's Church, Takapuna

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

Björk: All Is Full of Love tour

Tour

Blackbird Ensemble, New Zealand’s most inventive and theatrical chamber orchestra, presents an awe-inspiring homage to the inimitable Icelandic pop artist Björk.

In All is Full of Love, Blackbird Ensemble serves up an audio feast of Björk’s finest songs across the decades, reimagining her much-loved classics from Debut through to Medulla and Utopia.

Taking to the stage with signature flair they showcase a fine cast of vocal talent, with extraordinary visual design to evoke the themes which provide so much inspiration to Björk herself.

The line-up includes the talent of singer-songwriter Anna Coddington, the psychedelic soul of Mara TK, and dream-pop artist Priya Sami from the Sami sisters. A band of strings, brass, woodwind, keys and percussion presents custom arrangements by Silver Scroll-winning composer/director Claire Cowan.

“The bijou spectacle of Blackbird Ensemble is something to hear and behold …, with frisky fiddles and punchy saxes… Don’t miss out on the magic.“ -William Dart, NZ Herald

Blackbird Ensemble, New Zealand’s most inventive and theatrical chamber orchestra, presents an awe-inspiring homage to the inimitable Icelandic pop artist Björk.

In All is Full of Love, Blackbird Ensemble serves up an audio feast of Björk’s finest songs across the decades, reimagining her much-loved classics from Debut through to Medulla and Utopia.

Taking to the stage with signature flair they showcase a fine cast of vocal talent, with extraordinary visual design to evoke the themes which provide so much inspiration to Björk herself.

The line-up includes the talent of singer-songwriter Anna Coddington, the psychedelic soul of Mara TK, and dream-pop artist Priya Sami from the Sami sisters. A band of strings, brass, woodwind, keys and percussion presents custom arrangements by Silver Scroll-winning composer/director Claire Cowan.

“The bijou spectacle of Blackbird Ensemble is something to hear and behold …, with frisky fiddles and punchy saxes… Don’t miss out on the magic.“ -William Dart, NZ Herald

Blackbird Ensemble, New Zealand’s most inventive and theatrical chamber orchestra, presents an awe-inspiring homage to the inimitable Icelandic pop artist Björk.

In All is Full of Love, Blackbird Ensemble serves up an audio feast of Björk’s finest songs across the decades, reimagining her much-loved classics from Debut through to Medulla and Utopia.

Taking to the stage with signature flair they showcase a fine cast of vocal talent, with extraordinary visual design to evoke the themes which provide so much inspiration to Björk herself.

The line-up includes the talent of singer-songwriter Anna Coddington, the psychedelic soul of Mara TK, and dream-pop artist Priya Sami from the Sami sisters. A band of strings, brass, woodwind, keys and percussion presents custom arrangements by Silver Scroll-winning composer/director Claire Cowan.

“The bijou spectacle of Blackbird Ensemble is something to hear and behold …, with frisky fiddles and punchy saxes… Don’t miss out on the magic.“ -William Dart, NZ Herald

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October 17, 2019 19:30 — October 24, 2019 21:00   ·   Touring nationwide in October

NZTrio | Composing Competition 2019 Winners' Concert: Impetus

Concert

What would you choose to shine a spotlight on? This was our brief to tertiary level composing students across Aotearoa New Zealand for this year's 3rd biennial NZTrio Composing Competition. They've blown us away with their thought-provoking musical renditions of what's meaningful for them and why we should listen.

After dozens of entries and a few live workshopping sessions up and down the country, we are proud to present to you the nine winning works performed live in Auckland on Monday, October 21st.


Programme:

Ewan Collins | Tinnitus of a City
Rakuto Kurano | Fantail in Tokyo
Nathaniel Otley | ...dimension of loss
Kassandra Wang | Matakite for the Microbiome
Joshua Taylor | quirkdale
Robert Bryce | Caillte
Ming Shi | Villager's Whisper
Ihlara McIndoe | (ir)rationality
Liam Pram | Auckland Housing

We hope you will join us in celebrating NZ's extraordinary young talent!


Download full programme notes here


What would you choose to shine a spotlight on? This was our brief to tertiary level composing students across Aotearoa New Zealand for this year's 3rd biennial NZTrio Composing Competition. They've blown us away with their thought-provoking musical renditions of what's meaningful for them and why we should listen.

After dozens of entries and a few live workshopping sessions up and down the country, we are proud to present to you the nine winning works performed live in Auckland on Monday, October 21st.


Programme:

Ewan Collins | Tinnitus of a City
Rakuto Kurano | Fantail in Tokyo
Nathaniel Otley | ...dimension of loss
Kassandra Wang | Matakite for the Microbiome
Joshua Taylor | quirkdale
Robert Bryce | Caillte
Ming Shi | Villager's Whisper
Ihlara McIndoe | (ir)rationality
Liam Pram | Auckland Housing

We hope you will join us in celebrating NZ's extraordinary young talent!


Download full programme notes here


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October 21, 2019 19:00   ·   Auckland School of Music Theatre

NZ String Quartet: Sonnenalp Chamber Music Festival

Concert

Under the artistic direction of German pianist Michael Endres, Sonnenalp Resort in Allgäu, Bavaria organizes a festival of fine chamber music.

The New Zealand String Quartet - distinguished internationally for imaginative programming, insightful musicianship and promotion of NZ music - perform Variation 25 for string quartet (inspired by Bach's Goldberg Variation) by one of New Zealand's most important contemporary composers, Ross Harris. The concert ends with the second of Beethoven's Razumovsky Quartets: String Quartet No 8 in E minor, Op 59 No 2.

Under the artistic direction of German pianist Michael Endres, Sonnenalp Resort in Allgäu, Bavaria organizes a festival of fine chamber music.

The New Zealand String Quartet - distinguished internationally for imaginative programming, insightful musicianship and promotion of NZ music - perform Variation 25 for string quartet (inspired by Bach's Goldberg Variation) by one of New Zealand's most important contemporary composers, Ross Harris. The concert ends with the second of Beethoven's Razumovsky Quartets: String Quartet No 8 in E minor, Op 59 No 2.

Under the artistic direction of German pianist Michael Endres, Sonnenalp Resort in Allgäu, Bavaria organizes a festival of fine chamber music.

The New Zealand String Quartet - distinguished internationally for imaginative programming, insightful musicianship and promotion of NZ music - perform Variation 25 for string quartet (inspired by Bach's Goldberg Variation) by one of New Zealand's most important contemporary composers, Ross Harris. The concert ends with the second of Beethoven's Razumovsky Quartets: String Quartet No 8 in E minor, Op 59 No 2.

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October 21, 2019 21:00 — October 21, 2019 22:30   ·   Sonnenalp Resort

NZ String Quartet: Sonnenalp Chamber Music Festival

Concert

Under the artistic direction of German pianist Michael Endres, Sonnenalp Resort in Allgäu, Bavaria organizes a festival of fine chamber music.

As the final of four concerts, the New Zealand String Quartet - distinguished internationally for imaginative programming, insightful musicianship & promotion of NZ music - performs Tōrino for string quartet, a New Zealand work by Salina Fisher, and Mendelssohn's well-known and much-loved String Octet in E-flat major.

Under the artistic direction of German pianist Michael Endres, Sonnenalp Resort in Allgäu, Bavaria organizes a festival of fine chamber music.

As the final of four concerts, the New Zealand String Quartet - distinguished internationally for imaginative programming, insightful musicianship & promotion of NZ music - performs Tōrino for string quartet, a New Zealand work by Salina Fisher, and Mendelssohn's well-known and much-loved String Octet in E-flat major.

Under the artistic direction of German pianist Michael Endres, Sonnenalp Resort in Allgäu, Bavaria organizes a festival of fine chamber music.

As the final of four concerts, the New Zealand String Quartet - distinguished internationally for imaginative programming, insightful musicianship & promotion of NZ music - performs Tōrino for string quartet, a New Zealand work by Salina Fisher, and Mendelssohn's well-known and much-loved String Octet in E-flat major.

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October 24, 2019 21:00 — October 24, 2019 22:30   ·   Sonnenalp Resort

Lilburn Lecture 2019 | Gillian Whitehead

Talk or seminar

LILBURN LECTURE 2019

Breath of the Birds - The Revival of Taonga Puoro


Esteemed New Zealand composer Dame Gillian Whitehead, DMus, DNZM, MNZM (Ngāi te Rangi) will give this year’s Lilburn Lecture. She will speak of the origin of ngā taonga puoro, their revival, and how she has used these traditional Māori musical instruments in her work. The lecture will include a performance by NZSO principal flautist, Bridget Douglas and taonga puoro performer and researcher, Alistair Fraser.

Three times winner of the SOUNZ Contemporary Award and the 2018 recipient of the Arts Foundation Arts Icon Award, Gillian Whitehead’s work has been recognised internationally for several decades. Often working collaboratively with artists from various disciplines, Gillian has also frequently incorporated taonga puoro and Māori themes into her work.

The annual Lilburn Lectures are a collaboration between the Lilburn Trust and the Alexander Turnbull Library.


LILBURN LECTURE 2019

Breath of the Birds - The Revival of Taonga Puoro


Esteemed New Zealand composer Dame Gillian Whitehead, DMus, DNZM, MNZM (Ngāi te Rangi) will give this year’s Lilburn Lecture. She will speak of the origin of ngā taonga puoro, their revival, and how she has used these traditional Māori musical instruments in her work. The lecture will include a performance by NZSO principal flautist, Bridget Douglas and taonga puoro performer and researcher, Alistair Fraser.

Three times winner of the SOUNZ Contemporary Award and the 2018 recipient of the Arts Foundation Arts Icon Award, Gillian Whitehead’s work has been recognised internationally for several decades. Often working collaboratively with artists from various disciplines, Gillian has also frequently incorporated taonga puoro and Māori themes into her work.

The annual Lilburn Lectures are a collaboration between the Lilburn Trust and the Alexander Turnbull Library.


LILBURN LECTURE 2019

Breath of the Birds - The Revival of Taonga Puoro


Esteemed New Zealand composer Dame Gillian Whitehead, DMus, DNZM, MNZM (Ngāi te Rangi) will give this year’s Lilburn Lecture. She will speak of the origin of ngā taonga puoro, their revival, and how she has used these traditional Māori musical instruments in her work. The lecture will include a performance by NZSO principal flautist, Bridget Douglas and taonga puoro performer and researcher, Alistair Fraser.

Three times winner of the SOUNZ Contemporary Award and the 2018 recipient of the Arts Foundation Arts Icon Award, Gillian Whitehead’s work has been recognised internationally for several decades. Often working collaboratively with artists from various disciplines, Gillian has also frequently incorporated taonga puoro and Māori themes into her work.

The annual Lilburn Lectures are a collaboration between the Lilburn Trust and the Alexander Turnbull Library.


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November 01, 2019 18:00 — November 01, 2019 19:00   ·   National Library Auditorium, Wellington

SOUNZ Kaitito Kaipuoro Wānanga | Composer Workshop

Workshop

The SOUNZ Kaitito Kaipuoro Wānanga | Composer Workshop is aimed at composers of all genres at all levels of compositional development.

The wānanga will include presentations and panel discussions and will offer the opportunity for composer collaborations. Māori and non-Māori composers are invited to participate and develop new connections, collaborations and ongoing relationships.

Following the presentations and panel discussions, composers will collaborate in pairs or small groups, so bring your instruments and any other equipment you need. This will be followed by a showing at 5pm. If you have any special technical requirements, please contact SOUNZ no later than Wednesday 23rd October.

Please see link below for schedule and full details.

The SOUNZ Kaitito Kaipuoro Wānanga | Composer Workshop is aimed at composers of all genres at all levels of compositional development.

The wānanga will include presentations and panel discussions and will offer the opportunity for composer collaborations. Māori and non-Māori composers are invited to participate and develop new connections, collaborations and ongoing relationships.

Following the presentations and panel discussions, composers will collaborate in pairs or small groups, so bring your instruments and any other equipment you need. This will be followed by a showing at 5pm. If you have any special technical requirements, please contact SOUNZ no later than Wednesday 23rd October.

Please see link below for schedule and full details.

The SOUNZ Kaitito Kaipuoro Wānanga | Composer Workshop is aimed at composers of all genres at all levels of compositional development.

The wānanga will include presentations and panel discussions and will offer the opportunity for composer collaborations. Māori and non-Māori composers are invited to participate and develop new connections, collaborations and ongoing relationships.

Following the presentations and panel discussions, composers will collaborate in pairs or small groups, so bring your instruments and any other equipment you need. This will be followed by a showing at 5pm. If you have any special technical requirements, please contact SOUNZ no later than Wednesday 23rd October.

Please see link below for schedule and full details.

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November 02, 2019 09:00 — November 02, 2019 18:00   ·   Te Haukāinga (entrance in the Cory's Building)

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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