CELEBRATING
THE FINEST

NEW ZEALAND

CHAMBER MUSIC

NELSON/2021

4 to 7 February 2021

Summer Celebration STACKED
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2021 Adam Summer Celebration Programme

Claire Cowan
Claire Cowan

Grand Opening Concert

Welcome to the Adam Summer Celebration! Opening with New Zealander Claire Cowan's charming Latin-inspired work, moving to Spain for Ravel's colourful Don Quichotte songs and further east for Smetana's heartfelt 2nd quartet, we then detour to America for some Gershwin favourites. Finally we enter the world of Viennese ultra-Romanticism with prodigy Erich Korngold's deliciously melodious and richly-textured sextet, where you can hear the foreshadowings of his later illustrious career as a Hollywood composer. An extraordinary accomplishment for a 17-year-old and a wonderfully colourful conclusion to our Grand Opening!

Claire Cowan - Subtle Dances
NZTrio

Maurice Ravel - Don Quichotte a Dulcinee
William King (baritone), Richard Mapp (piano)

Bedrich Smetana -  Quartet No 2
New Zealand String Quartet

George Gershwin - Someone to Watch Over Me, I Got Rhythm, Embraceable You
Michael Endres

Erich Korngold - Sextet
Helene Pohl (violin), Amalia Hall (violin), Gillian Ansell (viola), Monique Lapins (viola), Rolf Gjelsten (cello), Ashley Brown (cello)


Thursday 4th February 7.30pm

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Somi Kim
Somi Kim

Conversation

Meet our pianists Michael Endres, Somi Kim and Richard Mapp in conversation with Gillian Ansell.


Saturday 6th February 10am

Free Entry

NCMA - Recital Theatre

 

 

Ross Harris
Ross Harris

Afternoon Delight

We take you on a journey from the playful yet haunting violin and marimba duo by multi-talented and prolific Danish film composer Anders Koppel, to the subtle atmosphere of Harris' 9th Quartet (in a world premiere!). Then enjoy the lyricism and virtuosity of Chopin's brilliant Polonaise and the exotic and magical colours of Ravel's much loved Piano Trio.

Anders Koppel - Tarantella
Monique Lapins (violin), Naoto Segawa (marimba)

Ross Harris - Quartet #9
World Premiere
New Zealand String Quartet

Frederic Chopin - Introduction and Polonaise Brillant op 3
Rolf Gjelsten (cello), Michael Endres (piano)

Maurice Ravel - Piano Trio in A Minor
NZTrio


Friday 5th February 2pm

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Michael Endres
Michael Endres

Masterclass

Michael Endres works with young pianists to lift the music off the page.


Friday 5th February 4pm

Free Entry

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Johannes Brahms
Johannes Brahms

A Bounty of Brahms

We are delighted to present an entire evening of Brahms chamber music - from the loving spirit of the E flat viola sonata, to the movement Brahms contributed as part of the collaborative "Frei Aber Einsam" ("free but lonely") sonata, which Schumann organised as a tribute to violinist Joseph Joachim, who famously lived by that motto.

Brahms' "Four Serious Songs" with biblical texts were completed on his last birthday as he anticipated the death of his lifelong friend Clara Schumann. This stunning evening concert will be rounded off with the sunny lyricism of the A major piano quartet with its glorious slow movement and hints of Hungarian colours.

Johannes Brahms - Viola Sonata in E Flat Major 
Gillian Ansell (viola), Michael Endres (piano)

Johannes Brahms - Scherzo in C minor
Amalia Hall (violin),  Somi Kim (piano)

Johannes Brahms - Four Serious Songs
William King (baritone), Richard Mapp (piano)

Johannes Brahms - Piano Quartet in A Major
Amalia Hall (violin), Gillian Ansell (viola), Ashley Brown (cello), Somi Kim (piano)


Friday 5th February 7:30pm

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Rolf Gjelsten
Rolf Gjelsten

Bach Chat

A musical conversation between Rolf Gjelsten and Bach himself as he plays one of the master's suites in the wonderful acoustics of Nelson Cathedral.


Saturday  6th February 10am

Free Entry

Nelson Cathedral

 

 

Jack Body
Jack Body

Celebrating NZ

In this Waitangi Day celebration of NZ music we welcome Anna Leese to the Festival to sing the touching and fascinating arrangements by Jack Body of some old favourites. These are followed by the NZ premiere of David Taylor's quintet with marimba, the live premiere of Louise Webster's atmospheric new quartet finished during Lockdown in 2020, and to send you rocking out the door, Psathas' riveting dance, Tarantismo.

Jack Body - Songs my Grandmother Sang
Anna Leese (soprano), Richard Mapp (piano)

David Grahame Taylor - Sur/face
Naoto Segawa (marimba), Helene Pohl (violin), Monique Lapins (violin), Gillian Ansell (viola), Rolf Gjelsten (cello)

Louise Webster - This Memory of Earth
Live World Premiere
New Zealand String Quartet

John Psathas - Tarantismo
NZTrio


Saturday 6th February 2pm

Tickets: $40

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2021 Adam Troubadours
2021 Adam Troubadours

2021 Adam Troubadours in Concert

Hear the 2021 Adam Troubadours play in the wonderful acoustics of Nelson Cathedral. Repertoire to be announced.


Saturday 6th February 4pm

Free Entry

Nelson Cathedral

 

 

Antonín Dvořák
Antonín Dvořák

Romance

The concert opens with our virtuoso marimbist Naoto Segawa dazzling us with South African composer Peter Klatzow's "Dances of Earth and Fire", and continues with Anna Leese's specially curated set of songs, in partnership with beloved Nelson-based pianist Richard Mapp. Enjoy Anna's soaring, sumptuous vocal lines in favourite Strauss lieder along with Britten and Howells songs and two gems by Debussy. After interval, Dvořák's masterful and tragic F minor trio, written just after his mother's death, will be sure to pull your heartstrings.

Peter Klatzow - Dances of Earth and Fire
Naoto Segawa (marimba)

Herbert Howells - King David
Benjamin Britten - Sally Gardens, The Ash Grove
Claude Debussy - Beau Soir, Romance
Richard Strauss - Zueignung, Morgen, Das Rosenband

Anna Leese (soprano), Richard Mapp (piano)

Antonín Dvořák - Trio in F minor op 65
Helene Pohl (violin), Rolf Gjelsten (cello), Michael Endres (piano)


Saturday 6th February 7:30pm

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New Zealand String Quartet
New Zealand String Quartet

Conversation

Eavesdrop as the New Zealand String Quartet discuss aspects of quartet life both on and off the stage.


Sunday 7th February 10am

Free Entry

NCMA - Recital Theatre

 

 

Franz Peter Schubert
Franz Peter Schubert

Endres Plays Schubert

Experience pianist extraordinaire Michael Endres' masterful interpretation of Schubert's sweet and innocent Ländler and Scottish dances before we embark on the otherworldly late sonata, written just two months before Schubert's death - "a work of vast dimensions and vertiginous depths, which has long struck listeners as a kind of premature communication from the beyond" (Alex Ross, The New Yorker).

Franz Schubert - Wiener Damenländler D 734
Franz Schubert - Sonata in B Flat Major
Michael Endres (piano)


Sunday 7th February 2pm

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Naoto Segawa
Naoto Segawa

Workshop

Join Naoto Segawa as he inspires and instructs young percussionists.


Sunday 7th February 4pm

Free Entry

NCMA - Recital Theatre

 

 

2021 Adam Troubadours
2021 Adam Troubadours

2021 Adam Troubadours in Concert

Come hear the Adam Troubadours strut their stuff on the NCMA stage. Free! All quartet fans welcome! Repertoire to be announced.


Sunday 7th February 6:15pm

Free Entry

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Ludwig von Beethoven
Ludwig von Beethoven

Grand Finale

What a feast! We open with Beethoven's joyous early piano trio, followed by Debussy's only violin sonata filled with exotic colours and quirky textures, and round out the first half with glorious operatic favourites from our soprano diva Anna Leese and pianist Richard Mapp. The evening culminates with the great Schumann piano quintet, the first of this genre and premiered with Mendelssohn at the piano. A wonderful close to our Adam Summer Celebration.

Ludwig van Beethoven - Trio Opus 1 No 1
NZTrio

Claude Debussy - Violin Sonata for Violin and Piano
Monique Lapins (viola), Michael Endres (piano)

Benjamin Britten - How beautiful it is (from The Turn of the Screw)
Giacomo Puccini - Si, mi chiamano Mimi (from La bohème)
Pietro Mascagni - Son Pochi Fiori, L'amico Fritz

Anna Leese (soprano), Richard Mapp (piano)

Robert Schumann - Quintet in E Flat op 44
Michael Endres (piano), Helene Pohl (violin), Monique Lapins (violin), Gillian Ansell (viola), Rolf Gjelsten (cello)


Sunday 7th February 7:30pm

Tickets: $60

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