2022  Adam Summer Celebration Programme

New Zealand String Quartet
New Zealand String Quartet
NZTrio
NZTrio
Jian Liu
Jian Liu

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 Bartók'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 plus booking fee

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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 - Velvet Revolution 
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 plus booking fee

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The Morton Trio Landscape
Helen Webby
Helen Webby

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
Rolf Gjelsten
Rolf Gjelsten
Diedre Irons
Diedre Irons

Romance

We open with two movements from J.S. Bach's mighty The 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 plus booking fee

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Sponsored by Dorothy & Alastair Kerr

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

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Franz Peter Schubert
Franz Peter Schubert

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 plus booking fee

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Diedre Irons
Diedre Irons
Ed Allen
Ed Allen

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)

Gabriel Pierné Caprice 
Helen Webby (harp)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart/Fazil Say - Turca 
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 plus booking fee

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Sponsored by Rosamund Arthur and Don Mead

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

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NZTrio
NZTrio
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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 plus booking fee

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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 and Ariana Tikao - Commissioned by the Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts
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 plus booking fee

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Sponsored by Nelson Pine Industries