CELEBRATING
THE FINEST

NEW ZEALAND

CHAMBER MUSIC

NELSON/2022

3 to 6 February 2022

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2022 Adam Summer Celebration Programme

NZTrio
NZTrio

Grand Opening Concert

Welcome! Our Celebration opens with the clear and congenial tones of ‘Papa Haydn’, the revered father of the string quartet medium, then moves further east to Hungary and Bartok's impassioned first sonata for violin and piano. Written at the request of young violin virtuosa Jelly d’Aranyi with whom he was in love, it was premiered with Bartók himself at the piano. The concert finishes with the dramatic colours and rich harmonies of Bohemian Dvořák's second piano quartet, never before heard at our festival.

Joseph Haydn -  Quartet in D Major opus 20, No. 4 

NZ String Quartet  - Helene Pohl (first violin), Monique Lapins (second violin), Gillian Ansell (viola), Rolf Gjelsten (cello)

Béla Bartók -  Sonata no.1 SZ.75 

Monique Lapins (violin)

Jian Liu (piano)

Interval

Antonín Dvořák   Quartet in E Flat opus 87

NZTrio – Amalia Hall (violin), Ashley Brown (cello), Somi Kim (piano)

Gillian Ansell (viola)

 


Thursday 3 February 7.30pm

Tickets: $65

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The Morton Trio
The Morton Trio

Velvet Revolution

Soviet-Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin's exhilarating horn trio reflects the dramatic political events around the fall of the Berlin Wall (she was living in Berlin in 1989) and the peaceful end to Communist rule in the city of Prague. We stay in Eastern Europe for the tour de force that is Shostakovich's second quartet. Written in just 19 days in 1944, it features a huge range of emotions and atmospheres - from sensuous to sardonic, eerie to beguiling, and from Klezmer-inspired moments to rhapsodic recitative.

Elena Kats-Chernin - Revolution (1999)

The Morton Trio – Arna Morton (violin), Alex Morton (horn), Liam Wooding (piano)

Dmitri Shostakovich -  Quartet No. 2 in A Major opus 68

NZ String Quartet - Helene Pohl (first violin), Monique Lapins (second violin),

Gillian Ansell (viola), Rolf Gjelsten (cello)

 


Friday 4 February 2 pm

Tickets $45

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The Morton Trio
The Morton Trio

Meet the Artists - The Morton Trio and Helen Webby

Stay in the hall after the concert to meet the members of the Morton Trio and fellow Christchurch resident, harpist Helen Webby. Hear stories about their lives and music-making - including their online extra-musical presence! Audiences will remember Arna Morton as the charismatic first violinist of the 2017 Troubadour Quartet .


Friday 4 February 3pm

Free Entry

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Ipu Laga'aia
Ipu Laga'aia

Romance

We open with two movements from J.S. Bach's mighty Art of the Fugue. Bach's music was a great inspiration to so many subsequent composers, including Brahms, who based the first and last movements of his E Minor cello sonata on the themes from Bach's Contrapuncti nos. 4 and 13. You'll then re-hear these melodies in the inimitable sound of this beloved sonata, written soon after his arrival in Vienna. In this concert we introduce you to our wonderful tenor, Ipu Laga'aia, with three songs from different countries, and conclude the programme with Schnittke's masterful Piano Quintet, reflecting on the death of his mother, through stages of grief to acceptance and hope. 

 

Johann Sebastian Bach -  4 from The Art of the Fugue

NZ String Quartet - Helene Pohl (first violin), Monique Lapins (second violin),

Gillian Ansell (viola), Rolf Gjelsten (cello)

Johann Sebastian Bach -  13 from The Art of the Fugue

Jian Liu (piano)

Johannes Brahms - Cello Sonata No. 1 in E Minor, Opus 38

Rolf Gjelsten (cello)

Jian Liu (piano)

Ivor Gurney - Sleep’

Ipu Laga’aia (tenor)

Somi Kim (piano)

Fermin Maria Álvarez -  A Granada

Ipu Laga’aia (tenor and guitar) 

Giacomo Puccini-  Nessun Dorma from “Turandot” 

Ipu Laga’aia (tenor)

Somi Kim (piano)

Interval

Alfred Schnittke -  Quintet (1976)

Diedre Irons (piano)

NZ String Quartet - Helene Pohl (first violin), Monique Lapins (second violin), Gillian Ansell (viola),  Rolf Gjelsten (cello)


Friday 4 February 7.30 pm

Tickets $65

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Jian Liu
Jian Liu

Jian Liu Master Class

 

Come and listen while Jian Liu, Head of Piano Studies at the New Zealand School of Music, teaches and inspires young pianists, as he helps them to look behind the notes and lift the music off the page.

 


Saturday 5 February 10 am

Free Entry

NCMA - Recital Theatre

 

New Zealand String Quartet
New Zealand String Quartet

Flights of Fantasy

 

A set of favourite German Lieder are the centrepiece of this concert, flanked by music with vocal inspiration: on one side by Hindemith's Opus 11 No. 4 Viola Sonata, one of his most lyrical works; and on the other by the elegiac and highly expressive Arnold Bax Harp Quintet, reflecting his love of all things Irish, and written in the waning days of WW1. To send you humming into the summer afternoon, Massenet's beloved Meditation for violin and harp will be just the ticket.

 

Paul Hindemith-  Sonata Opus 11, No. 4

Gillian Ansell (viola)

Diedre Irons (piano)

Johannes Brahms - Immer Leiser wird mein Schlummer

Robert Schumann - Widmung

Franz Schubert - An die Musik

Franz Schubert - Der Doppelgänger

Franz Schubert - An Sylvia

Ipu Laga’aia (tenor)

Somi Kim (piano)

Arnold Bax-  Quintet (1919)

Helen Webby (harp)

NZ String Quartet - Helene Pohl (first violin), Monique Lapins (second violin), Gillian Ansell (viola), Rolf Gjelsten (cello), 

Jules Massenet -  Méditation from “Thaïs”

Helene Pohl (violin)

Helen Webby (harp)


Saturday 5 February 2 pm

Tickets $45

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Diedre Irons
Diedre Irons

Bold Strokes

 

One of Prokofiev’s most gripping works, his F Minor Violin Sonata, sets the stage for an evening of contrasts. Be soothed by the classic harp sounds of Pierné before a light-hearted take on a famous Mozart piano sonata segues into Mozart himself, taking the mickey out of lesser composers and bumbling performers in his ‘Village Musicians’ serenade. Then let NZTrio take you on a grand ride with Brahms' majestic first trio.

 

Sergei Prokofiev-  Sonata in F Minor, Opus 80

Helene Pohl (violin)

Diedre Irons (piano)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart/Fazil Say - Turca 

Helen Webby (harp)

Gabriel Pierne - Caprice 

Helen Webby (harp)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - A Musical Joke (The Village Musicians)

Ed Allen (horn)

Alex Morton (horn)

NZ String Quartet - Helene Pohl (first violin), Monique Lapins (second violin)

Gillian Ansell (viola), Rolf Gjelsten (cello)

Interval

Johannes Brahms -  Trio No.1 in B Major, Opus 8

NZTrio – Amalia Hall (violin), Ashley Brown (cello), Somi Kim (piano)

 

Saturday 5 February 7.30 pm

Tickets: $65

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Helen Webby
Helen Webby

Helen Webby Master Class

 

We are excited to present our first ever harp master class - if you've ever wondered how harpists create that magic on their instrument come along to find out! See master harpist Helen Webby inspire young harpists to bring out the best in themselves and their instrument.

Sunday 6 February 10 am

Free Entry

NCMA – Recital Theatre

 


Sunday 6 February 10 am

Free Entry

NCMA - Recital Theatre

 

 

Antonín Dvořák
Antonín Dvořák

Celebrating Aotearoa

 

As always, we love celebrating the richness of Aotearoa’s marvellously diverse composers in our Waitangi Day concert. From the simplicity of Lilburn's iconic song cycle Sings Harry to the colourful and atmospheric writing of Salina Fisher and Ken Young to the rocking rhythms of Mark Smythe's Moto Revivo in a new revision specifically for this concert, there's something for everyone.

Douglas Lilburn - Sings Harry 

Ipu Laga’aia (tenor)

Somi Kim (piano)

Salina Fisher  –Kintsugi

NZTrio – Amalia Hall (violin), Ashley Brown (cello), Somi Kim (piano)

Mark Smythe  – Moto Revivo

Helen Webby (harp)

Kenneth Young - Horn Trio

The Morton Trio – Arna Morton (violin), Alex Morton (horn), Liam Wooding (piano)

 

Sunday 6 February 2 pm

Tickets  $45

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New Zealand String Quartet
New Zealand String Quartet

Grand Finale

 

Our Grand Finale concert features a fabulous range of works, including the luscious Saint-Saëns Fantaisie for Violin and Harp, a world premiere for the NZSQ with Bob Bickerton playing Taonga Pūoro, some beloved Italian Arias, and to end, Tchaikovsky’s blockbuster ‘Souvenir de Florence’ string sextet. 

Camille Saint-Saëns -  Fantaisie for violin and harp, Opus 124

Amalia Hall (violin)

Helen Webby (harp)

Phil Brownlee & Ariana Tikao -  Commission

NZ String Quartet - Helene Pohl (first violin), Monique Lapins (second violin), Gillian Ansell (viola), Rolf Gjelsten (cello), 

Bob Bickerton (taonga pūoro)

Guiseppe Verdi - Dei miei bollenti spiriti from “La Traviata”

Vincenzo Bellini -  Fervido desiderio

Paolo Tosti -  Abruzzese

Ipu Laga’aia (tenor)

Somi Kim (piano)

Interval

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky  - Souvenir de Florence

Helene Pohl (violin), Amalia Hall (violin) Gillian Ansell (viola), Monique Lapins (viola)

Rolf Gjelsten (cello), Ashley Brown (cello)


Sunday 6 February 7.30 pm

Tickets $65

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Sponsored by Nelson Pine Industries

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2022 Adam Troubadours
2022 Adam Troubadours

2022 Adam Troubadours in Concert

Look out for our  Adam Troubadours strutting their stuff at various locations around the city during the festival. Programme of concerts to be announced in December.


Thursday 3 - Sunday 6 February 

Times and locations to be advised in December

Free Entry