Welcome

Helene Pohl
Helene Pohl
Gillian Ansell
Gillian Ansell

Welcome to our 25th Anniversary Festival!

From humble beginnings in 1992 with five concerts, the festival has grown to become a major 10-day, 19-concert, international musical event, with audiences and artists coming from all over the world. This year, the spotlight is on many people’s favourite instrument, the cello. We have gathered a wonderful group of cellists with us to perform Beethoven's complete cycle of sonatas for cello and piano, and on Feb 10 we will present two extravagant concerts with all of NZ’s top cellists. The cello theme continues and broadens with our special guest, English cellist Matthew Barley, known for his wide-ranging musical interests. (You can read about his collaboration with Indian musicians on his website matthewbarley.com). He will be presenting a solo cello recital which includes Bach, O'Connor, improvisation - and even audience participation!

International guests...

The great Hungarian pianist Dénes Varjon has been on our must-invite list for years. An exceptional musician, he has performed with many of the greatest artists of our time. We are also delighted to announce the return of legendary Canadian clarinetist, James Campbell. Our dear friends, the inspiring Goldner Quartet join us to celebrate their 22nd anniversary. Also from Australia is the tenor Andrew Goodwin, whose communicative gifts captivated us at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music a few years ago. His Dichterliebe, with pianist Izabella Simon, is sure to be transcendent.

Marimba and Improv...

We’re thrilled to have celebrated American marimba soloist, Ian Rosenbaum, who is also an accomplished improviser. We have asked composer/drummer Ed Ware to curate a special 21st century Improv concert which will include Ian, Matthew, and NZ's own Jeff Henderson. Following in the footsteps of some of history's greatest improvisers (Bach, Beethoven...) this concert will look at some of the Festival’s repertoire from a fresh new angle.

Wonderful New Zealand Artists...

Our stellar line-up of New Zealand artists include the NZ Trio, sopranos Joanne Roughton-Arnold and Jenny Wollerman, Douglas Mews on harpsichord, marimba player Naoto Segawa, NZSO's Joan Perarnau Garriga on double bass, and the Festival’s founding cellist Jim Tennant.

7 premieres including two festival commissions...

Once again, New Zealand works are an integral part of the festival, with 7 premieres including two festival commissions. - We are especially looking forward to Dame Gillian Whitehead's new one-woman opera "Iris Dreaming" with the NZ Trio and London- based NZ soprano Joanne Roughton-Arnold. Other New Zealand premieres include works by Andy Akiho, Alexina Louie, and Osvaldo Golijov, especially chosen by our visiting artists.

To bring all this wonderful music and great performers closer to you, our audience, we will once again feature a series of talks, master classes and meet the artist sessions, which have become a popular part of the Festival over the years.

The Troubadours return...

Our engaging young Troubadour quartet will be bringing music to the streets, rest-homes, schools, parks, malls and libraries of Nelson. You can catch up with their activities on the Facebook page…

Our new venue will be the elegant, centrally located and air-conditioned Theatre Royal. Audiences always love returning to the Nelson Cathedral with its stately ambience and attractive acoustic.

We look forward to meeting and chatting with many of you as our paths cross during the 2017 festival. We love this festival! It is a special time of relaxed summer musical pleasure in this beautiful setting in New Zealand, a chance to make new friends and renew old ones, and to be lifted out of everyday cares and transported by the inspiration of great composers and performers. Those of you who have attended before know the joy and excitement of our collaborations -- that special sizzle of music made by friends savouring the opportunity to create magic together.

See you there!

Gillian and Helene
Artistic Directors

Colleen Marshall
Colleen Marshall

Welcome to the 2017 Adam Chamber Music Festival.

It is with great excitement and pleasure that we present the 2017 programme which is the result of the creative planning of our Artistic Directors Helene and Gillian, our wonderful manager Bob Bickerton and the Board of Trustees. Join us to hear an unprecedented number of overseas guests collaborating with our very own New Zealand performers to present an exciting programme of works which are rarely heard outside the festival environment.

We owe the success of the Festival to the ongoing commitment of our major sponsors, The Adam Foundation and Nelson Pine Industries. We are also very grateful to our principal funding bodies, Nelson City Council, Creative New Zealand and the Rāta Foundation. Sincere thanks to all our sponsors, donors and benefactors who so generously support the Festival. Thanks too, to the Trustees and all our volunteers and friends who make invaluable contributions to this celebration of Chamber Music.

This year we introduce you to the wonderful Theatre Royal as our concert piano venue and our Festival Conversations will be back in the newly refurbished Suter Art Gallery.

I look forward to seeing you at Festival 2017 - an event not to be missed!

Colleen Marshall
Chair, Board of Trustees, Nelson Music Festival Trust

Thursday 2nd February

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Gala Dinner

A gourmet meal, fine wines, a surprise selection from the festival programme, a chance to catch up with old friends… what better way to start your Festival immersion!

New Zealand String Quartet, Goldner Quartet, James Campbell (clarinet), Matthew Barley (cello)

A surprise selection from the Festival programme.

Bus departs i-Site Visitor Centre at 5.20PM. To book go to www.music.org.nz/bookbus

Sponsored by New Zealand Sotheby's International Realty

VENUE: MAHANA ESTATES
TIME: 6.00PM
TICKETS: PREMIUM: $140

Festival Pass holders may book for the New Zealand Sotheby's International Realty Gala Dinner ($140) by selecting this link: Book Gala Dinner

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Friday 3rd February

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Grand Opening Concert

Dedicated to the Festival's Naming Sponsors, Denis and Verna Adam in appreciation of their visionary and long time support, our opening concert will sizzle from start to finish. Music from four centuries and four countries – let the magic begin!

New Zealand String Quartet, Goldner Quartet, James Campbell, Matthew Barley

Telemann - Concerto for 4 Violins No. 1 in G Major
Gao Ping - Ephemera for string quartet and clarinet (NZ premiere)

Britten - Solo cello sonata
Dvorak - String Sextet

Sponsored by Nelson Pine Industries
Concert dedicated to Denis and Verna Adam

VENUE: NELSON CATHEDRAL
TIME: 7:30PM
TICKETS: PREMIUM: $75 STANDARD $60 RESTRICTED VIEW $30

Saturday 4th February

Dénes Varjon
Dénes Varjon

Meet Dénes Varjon

The opportunity for audiences to meet our visiting pianist and hear about his roots in the great Hungarian tradition as well as his life as a traveling soloist and chamber musician.

VENUE: SUTER THEATRE
TIME: 10AM
TICKETS: FREE ENTRY

Bob Bickerton
Bob Bickerton

Kids' Concert

Our own multi-talented Bob Bickerton has been introducing kids to the joy of music for over 35 years. He has just retired this part of his portfolio so we are honoured to present his Swan Song - it's sure to be a cracker and enjoyable for kids of all ages! Expect the unexpected!

Bob Bickerton

VENUE: SUTER THEATRE
TIME: 11:30AM
TICKETS: FREE ENTRY

Robert Schumann
Robert Schumann

Fantasy

A concert of firsts – the first of the cycle of Beethoven's five cello sonatas presented throughout the Festival, the first of our four world premieres, and the first set of luscious Schumann miniatures, which are also dotted throughout the Festival. Added to that we have Denes Varjon’s first chamber music performance in New Zealand – we are proud to have secured this exceptional artist.

Ashley Brown (cello), Sarah Watkins (piano), Dene Olding (violin), Helene Pohl (violin), Dénes Varjon (piano), James Campbell (clarinet)

Beethoven - Sonata for cello and piano Op 5/1
Tabea Squire - Trio for 2 violins and piano (World Premiere)
Schumann - Fantasy Pieces for clarinet and piano.

VENUE: THEATRE ROYAL
TIME: 2PM
TICKETS: STANDARD: $30

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Luminous Night

Double cellos = double delight! Both in the fresh and vital Vivaldi Double Concerto and in the lusciously romantic Glazunov Quintet, enjoy seeing pairs of cellists sing together. The Goldner Quartet share their masterly interpretation of Mozart’s groundbreaking “Dissonance” Quartet and the NZSQ premiere Helen Fisher’s new quartet, celebrating her birthday and coincidentally, also Rolf's!

Goldner Quartet, New Zealand String Quartet, Matthew Barley (cello), The Troubadours, Joan Perarnau Garriga (double Bass)

Mozart - Quartet in C Major K 465 Dissonance
Helen Fisher - Luminous Night ( World Premiere)
Vivaldi - Concerto for 2 cellos in G minor
Glazunov - Quintet in A Major op.39

Sponsored by Laurie and Peter Rothenberg

VENUE: NELSON CATHEDRAL
TIME: 7:30PM
TICKETS: PREMIUM: $75, STANDARD: $60, RESTRICTED VIEW: $30

Sunday 5th February

Matthew Barley
Matthew Barley

Meet Matthew Barley

The opportunity for audiences to meet Matthew Barley, who has carved out an exceptionally diverse career as soloist, recitalist and improviser, as well as collaborator with musicians from many musical traditions.

VENUE: SUTER THEATRE
TIME: 10AM
TICKETS: FREE ENTRY

Monique Lapins
Monique Lapins

Journeys

The intriguing sounds of South African composer Peter Klatzow's mysterious Adagio Espressivo for violin and marimba open the concert and are followed by Beethoven's wonderful G minor cello sonata in one of many cross-Tasman collaborations in the Festival. Australian Ross Edwards' "Shekina" (the female soul of God) is a synthesis of dance, plainsong and sounds from the natural and cultural environments of Australia and South East Asia. What a journey!

Naoto Segawa (marimba), Monique Lapins (violin), Julian Smiles (cello), Sarah Watkins (piano), Goldner Quartet

Peter Klatzow - Adagio Espressivo for violin and marimba
Beethoven - Cello Sonata opus 5/2
Ross Edwards - String Quartet Shekina Fantasy  (NZ premiere)

VENUE: THEATRE ROYAL
TIME: 2PM
TICKETS: STANDARD: $30

Dénes Varjon
Dénes Varjon

Dénes Varjon in Concert

Our wonderful Hungarian virtuoso opens his solo recital with Beethoven’s divine E Minor Sonata and continues with the remarkable Fantasy Pieces of Schumann. The second half is entirely Hungarian --  come and hear his special angle on some of the most colourful music of Liszt and Bartok!

Dénes Varjon (piano)

Beethoven - Sonata in E Minor, Op.90
Schumann - Fantasiestücke, Op.12
Liszt - Schlaflos! Frage und Antwort (Sleepless! Question and Answer)
Liszt - Valse oubliée No.1. (Forgotton Waltz)
Liszt - The Fountains at the Villa d'esme
Bartók - Improvisations, Op.20
Bartók - Three Hungarian Folk Songs from Csík, Sz.35a
Bartók - Sonatina, Sz.55
Bartók - Old Hungarian Dance Tunes (15 Hungarian Peasant Songs, BB 79: Nos 7-10, 12, 14-15)

VENUE: THEATRE ROYAL
TIME: 7:30PM
TICKETS: PREMIUM: $75, STANDARD: $60

Monday 6th February

Gillian Whitehead
Gillian Whitehead

Festival Conversations

Elizabeth Kerr talks to Gillian Whitehead and Joanne Roughton-Arnold about the background and foreground of opera Iris Dreaming.

VENUE: SUTER THEATRE
TIME: 10am
TICKETS: FREE ENTRY

Joanne Roughton-Arnold

Iris Dreaming

The first of what will be a stunning Waitangi Day double-header -- the NZ Trio shares some of their favourite music with us, and then we delve into the tragic life of NZ poet Robin Hyde in Dame Gillian Whitehead's new one-woman opera "Iris Dreaming" in a special adaptation for our Festival.

Joanne Roughton-Arnold, NZTrio

David Hamilton - The Faraday Cage 
Claire Cowan - Ultraviolet 
Dame Gillian Whitehead - Iris Dreaming (NZ Premiere)

VENUE: THEATRE ROYAL
TIME: 2PM
TICKETS:  STANDARD: $30

Gareth Farr
Gareth Farr

Festival Conversations

Elizabeth Kerr discusses their Festival commissions with composers Natalie Hunt and Gareth Farr.

VENUE: SUTER THEATRE
TIME: 4pm
TICKETS: FREE ENTRY

Kevin Puts
Kevin Puts

Bold Strokes

We are particularly excited to present two world premieres in this programme! Starting with Kevin Puts' stirring and uplifting trio, one of Ian Rosenbaum's favourite chamber music pieces, continuing with two hot-off-the-presses NZ works, by up-and-comer Natalie Hunt and the effervescent Gareth Farr, and ending with one of Mozart's most sublime creations.

Goldner Quartet, New Zealand String Quartet, James Campbell (clarinet), Matthew Barley (cello), Justine Cormack (violin)

Kevin Puts - Trio for marimba, clarinet and violin 
Natalie Hunt - Quartet for clarinet, violin, viola and cello (Festival commission - *World Premiere)
Gareth Farr - String Octet (Festival commission -*World Premiere) - performance dedicated to Denis and Verna Adam
Mozart - String Quintet in C K515

VENUE: NELSON CATHEDRAL
TIME: 7:30PM
TICKETS: PREMIUM: $75, STANDARD: $60, RESTRICTED VIEW: $30

Tuesday 7th February

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Up Close with Matthew Barley

Come on a musical bus trip to the picturesque Nelson Lakes National Park! Enjoy a special performance by Matthew Barley in the magical setting of the Chapel of Christ at the Lake in St. Arnaud, followed by lunch at the Alpine Lodge. A not-to-be-missed event with our brilliant UK cellist threading his way through Bach, improvising, Tavener and waltzing to singing in Sollima. Audience be warned – expect to be part of the action!

Matthew Barley

Improvisation
Bach - Suite no.1 in G for solo cello
Tavener - Threnos
Mark O'Connor - Appalachian Waltz
Giovanni Sollima - Lamentatio

Note this is the same programme Matthew will perform in his recital on Thursday 9th February.

Bus departs from the i-Site Visitor Centre at 9:30AM.

Exclusive to Festival VIP Pass holders and Impresario Donors, does not apply to Concert Lovers' Passes.

James Campbell
James Campbell

Memories

A magic double bill -- Borodin's famous love song to his wife on their 20th wedding anniversary and the amusing, quixotic and virtuosic clarinet quintet by Francaix.  James Campbell and the Goldners are sure to delight!

James Campbell (clarinet), Goldner Quartet

Borodin - String Quartet no. 2 in D
Francaix - Clarinet Quintet

Note this is the programme that will be performed in the ‘Up Close’ excursion on Thursday 9th February.

VENUE: NELSON CATHEDRAL
TIME: 2PM
TICKETS: STANDARD: $30

Ian Rosenbaum
Ian Rosenbaum

Pre-Concert Talk

Gillian talks to Ian Rosenbaum and Jim Campbell about the Alexina Louie Cadenzas II for clarinet and marimba.

VENUE: Theatre Royal
TIME: 6:30pm
TICKETS: FREE ENTRY

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Ludwig von Beethoven

Cadenzas

We begin with the beloved A Major cello sonata of Beethoven, with the famous solo-cello opening melody. Then two of our special guests team up in Canadian composer Alexina Louie’s dramatic, highly-charged Cadenzas. The concert ends with the grand sweep and soaring melodies of Brahms’ first trio.

Matthew Barley (cello), Dénes Varjon (piano), James Campbell (clarinet), Ian Rosenbaum (marimba, vibraphone & glockenspiel), Helene Pohl (violin), Rolf Gjelsten (cello)

Beethoven - Sonata for Cello and Piano in A Major op 69
Alexina Louie - Cadenzas II for clarinet and marimba, vibraphone and glockenspiel
Brahms - Trio in B Major opus 8

VENUE: THEATRE ROYAL
TIME: 7:30PM
TICKETS: PREMIUM: $75, STANDARD: $60

Wednesday 8th February

The Goldner Quartet
The Goldner Quartet

Meet the Goldner Quartet

Come spend some time with our dear friends the Goldner Quartet, celebrating their 22nd year together.

VENUE: SUTER THEATRE
TIME: 11am
TICKETS: FREE ENTRY

Jack Body
Jack Body

Fire in the Belly

A festival first – not 1 but 2 marimbas on stage together! Enjoy the exotic sounds and rhythms of Argentinian Viñao’s “Dance Groove Drifting” alongside Beethoven‘s mature C major cello sonata and the fantasy pieces Schumann wrote based on Grimm’s Fairy Tales. We end with a bang with Jack Body’s energetic “Fire in the Belly”.

Rolf Gjelsten (cello), Dénes Varjon (piano), Ian Rosenbaum (marimba), Naoto Segawa (marimba), Gillian Ansell (viola), NZTrio

Beethoven - Cello Sonata in C Major opus 102/1
Andy Akiho - Kakakurenai for Marimba and Vibraphone
Schumann - Fairy Tales for viola and piano op. 113
Jack Body - Fire in the Belly for piano trio

VENUE: THEATRE ROYAL
TIME: 2PM
TICKETS: STANDARD: $30

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Bach by Candlelight

Our special Bach concert is, once again full of highlights —Andrew Goodwin's golden voice in glorious renditions of some special arias, Monique Lapin's NZ concerto debut in the A minor violin Concerto, a new take on Bach's 5th cello suite and the effervescent 6th Brandenburg Concerto will guarantee a joyous musical evening for everyone.

Andrew Goodwin (tenor), Goldner Quartet, New Zealand String Quartet, the Troubadours, Matthew Barley (cello), Douglas Mews (harpsichord/organ), Justine Cormack (violin), Ashley Brown (cello), Ian Rosenbaum (marimba), Joan Perarnau Garriga (double Bass)

Aria from Cantata 171 for tenor and 2 violins 
Aria from Cantata 97 for tenor and violin 
Suite no.5 in C minor for solo cello performed on marimba 
Violin Concerto in A Minor 
Aria from Cantata 148 for tenor and violin 
Aria from Cantata 41 for tenor and cello
Brandenburg Concerto no. 6 

Sponsored by Dorothy and Alastair Kerr

VENUE: NELSON CATHEDRAL
TIME: 7:30PM
TICKETS: PREMIUM: $75, STANDARD: $60, RESTRICTED VIEW: $30

Thursday 9th February

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Up Close with James Campbell and the Goldner Quartet

In the intimate setting of the St Peter and Paul's Church, what a wonderful opportunity to hear this magic double bill up close and personal. Borodin's famous love song to his wife on their 20th wedding anniversary and the amusing, quixotic, virtuosic clarinet quintet by Francaix.  James Campbell and the Goldners are sure to delight! Followed by a picnic lunch at the idyllic Neudorf Winery.

James Campbell (clarinet), Goldner Quartet

Borodin - String Quartet no. 2 in D
Francaix - Clarinet Quintet

Note this is the same programme as their Memories concert on Tuesday 7th February

Bus departs from the i-Site Visitor Centre at 9:30am

Exclusive to Festival VIP Pass holders and Impresario Donors, does not apply to Concert Lovers' Passes.

Matthew Barley
Matthew Barley

Matthew Barley in Concert

A not-to-be-missed event with our brilliant UK cellist Matthew Barley threading his way through Bach, improvising, Tavener and waltzing to singing in Sollima. Audience be warned – expect to be part of the action!

Matthew Barley

Improvisation
Bach - Suite no.1 in G for solo cello
Tavener - Threnos
Mark O'Connor - Appalachian Waltz
Giovanni Sollima - Lamentatio

Note this is the same programme Matthew will perform in his Up Close excursion on Tuesday 7th February.

VENUE: NELSON CATHEDRAL
TIME: 2PM
TICKETS: STANDARD: $30

Edward Ware
Edward Ware

Festival Conversations

Elizabeth Kerr talks to composer/drummer and curator of the Improv concert Ed Ware, about his own journey from jazz drummer to classical composer, and about his fascinating concept for this evening’s concert, and to saxophonist Jeff Henderson about his angle on music performance and improvisation.

VENUE: SUTER THEATRE
TIME: 4pm
TICKETS: FREE ENTRY

Joannes Brahms
Joannes Brahms

Love Triangle

Clara Schumann described the young Brahms' music as "so masterly that one cannot but think that the good God sent him into the world ready-made." And Robert Schumann was equally enthusiastic, citing Brahms as "springing forth like Minerva fully armed from the head of Jove". Clara's 3 whimsical Romances begin this extraordinary concert, followed by Robert's compelling settings of Heine's poems of "Poet's Love" and ending with Brahms' powerful piano quintet, originally for string quintet but revised upon his beloved Clara's recommendation.

Helene Pohl (violin), Dénes Varjon (piano), Andrew Goodwin (tenor), Isabella Simon (piano), New Zealand String Quartet

Clara Schumann - 3 Romances opus 22
Robert Schumann - Dichterliebe
Johannes Brahms - Piano Quintet in f minor opus 35

VENUE: THEATRE ROYAL
TIME: 6:30PM (NOTE EARLY START TIME)
TICKETS: PREMIUM: $75, STANDARD: $60

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21st Century Improv

This unique collaboration of Festival artists who combine invention with interpretation in their performing careers gives us a once-off opportunity to share in their new perspectives on some of the great repertoire we have heard elsewhere in the Festival. Don't miss hearing their playful communication as they stretch the form and improvise on music by Bach, Beethoven, Schumann and others. Sure to be a memorable event!

Ian Rosenbaum (marimba), Edward Ware (drums), Jeoff Henderson (saxophone), Matthew Barley (cello), Helene Pohl (violin)

VENUE: THEATRE ROYAL
TIME: 9PM
TICKETS: STANDARD: $30

Friday 10th February

Dénes Varjon
Dénes Varjon

Piano Masterclass

Join us to experience how a master helps young musicians bring out the meaning behind the notes and lift the music off the page.

VENUE: THEATRE ROYAL
TIME: 11:30am
TICKETS: FREE ENTRY

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Cellissimo

Prepared to be transported to 'Planet Cello' by the burnished sounds of an ensemble of 4-6 cellos, indulging in music from the heavenly Bach Air to the romantic Rachmaninov Vocalise.

Matthew Barley, Julian Smiles, Rolf Gjelsten, Ashley Brown, Inbal Megiddo, Andrew Joyce, Eliah Sakakushev-von Bismarck, James Tennant, Helen du Plessis, Edith Salzmann, Anna-Marie Alloway (cellists)

Bach - Air from Orchestral Suite #3
Bach - Organ Toccata
Bach - Gamba Sonata #1 in G major  (arr. William Cowdery)
Dvorak - Silent Woods
Bartok - Rumanian Dances
Rachmaninov - Vocalise (arr. Rolf Gjelsten)  

VENUE: NELSON CATHEDRAL
TIME: 2PM
TICKETS: STANDARD: $30

The Troubadours
The Troubadours

The Troubadours

Our wonderful young quartet present a free concert featuring a selection of their favourite music.

The Troubadours

Britten - String Quartet no 2 in C major, Op 36

VENUE: NELSON CATHEDRAL
TIME: 6:30PM
TICKETS: FREE ENTRY

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Cellos by Candlelight

Bringing to a climax this Festival day on 'Planet Cello' is a glorious feast of repertoire for up to 12 cellos. NZ's top cellists, along with Julian Smiles and Matthew Barley will create a night to remember with their favourite pieces from Pachelbel, Bach, and Rossini to Villa-Lobos and Piazzola. Special guest, soprano Jenny Wollerman, will join the ensemble for the mesmerising Bachianas Brasilieras #5.

Matthew Barley, Julian Smiles, Rolf Gjelsten, Ashley Brown, Inbal Megiddo, Ken Ichinose, Andrew Joyce, Eliah Sakakushev-von Bismarck, James Tennant, Helen du Plessis, Edith Salzmann, Anna-Marie Alloway (cellists), Jenny Wollerman (soprano)

Pachelbel - Canon
Rossini - William Tell 
Villa Lobos - Bachianas Brasilieras #1 
Casals - Song of the Birds 
Casals - Sardana 
Villa Lobos - Bachianas  Brasilieras #5
Da Falla - Suite Populaire Espagnol
Klengel - Consecration Hymn 
Piazzola - Oblivion and Tango 

VENUE: NELSON CATHEDRAL
TIME: 7:30PM
TICKETS: PREMIUM: $75, STANDARD: $60, RESTRICTED VIEW: $30

Saturday 11th February

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Ludwig von Beethoven

Beethoven Plus

An exciting programme featuring a brand new marimba quintet (marimba and string quartet — not 5 marimbas!) by New York-based NZ composer, Ed Ware, along with Beethoven's "Eyeglass" Duo, a piece which was played in the first Festival in 1992. And don't miss the final Beethoven cello sonata played by the brilliant musicians Andrew Joyce, NZSO principal cellist, and Denes Varjon.

New Zealand String Quartet, Ian Rosenbaum (marimba), Matthew Barley (cello), Andrew Joyce (cello), Dénes Varjon (piano)

Beethoven - Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Major op. 102/2
Edward Ware - Cavernous Ruins (World Premiere)
Beethoven - Duo for Viola and Cello with Eyeglasses Obbligato

VENUE: THEATRE ROYAL
TIME: 2PM
TICKETS: STANDARD: $30

Matthew Barley
Matthew Barley

Cello Masterclass

Join us to experience how a master helps young musicians bring out the meaning behind the notes and lift the music off the page.

VENUE: THEATRE ROYAL
TIME: 4pm
TICKETS: FREE ENTRY

The Troubadours
The Troubadours

The Troubadours

Our talented young quartet present their second free concert featuring a selection of their favourite music.

The Troubadours

Schubert - String Quartet no. 13, D.804 Rosamunde

VENUE: NELSON CATHEDRAL
TIME: 6:30PM
TICKETS: FREE ENTRY

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Grand Finale

Argentinian Golijov’s poignant marimba/cello duo, written as a requiem for a friend, and young American composer Andy Akiho's thrilling LigNEous surround Brahms' masterful clarinet quintet, which James Campbell has played with illustrious groups such as the Guaneri, Vermeer, Allegri and Amadeus Quartets. And what better way to celebrate the end of the 2017 festival than with our 3 string quartets taking the stage together for Dvorak's cheerful, melody-filled Serenade for Strings.

Goldner Quartet, New Zealand String Quartet, the Troubadours, Ian Rosenbaum (marimba), James Campbell (clarinet), Matthew Barley (cello), Joan Perarnau Garriga (double Bass)

Akiho - LigNEous
Brahms - Clarinet quintet
Golijov - Duo for marimba and cello
Dvorak - Serenade in E for Strings op. 22

Sponsored by Nelson Pine Industries

VENUE: NELSON CATHEDRAL
TIME: 7:30PM
TICKETS: PREMIUM: $75, STANDARD: $60, RESTRICTED VIEW: $30

Jazz Trio
Jazz Trio

East Street Sessions

Experience eight unique nights with three of New Zealand’s first call, leading exponents of jazz and improvised music and you never know,  other artists performing in the Festival just might make a cameo appearance. A great way to wind down and chat about the day's musical experiences!

Noel Clayton (guitar), Paul Dyne (bass), Ed Ware (drums)

VENUE: EAST STREET CAFE
TIME: 10PM, 3rd to 5th and 7th to 11th inclusive
TICKETS: FREE ENTRY