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10 April 2019 / News
You don’t have long to wait now before our 2019 National Tour! In June and July we’re coming to some of the country’s loveliest historic and modern venues, so be in quick to secure your spot for a warming mid-winter experience.
This year we’re presenting two programmes of music that will transport you from the 18th to 21st centuries. The music we’ve carefully selected by Mozart, Haydn, Ravel, Dvořák, Janáček, Shostakovich, and Chinese composer Gao Ping is brimming with luscious melodies and exhilarating rhythms – and we’ll introduce you to a few of the intriguing narratives behind the music. Iconic Czech composer Leoš Janáček String Quartet No. 1, which appears on Programme One, is subtitled “Kreutzer Sonata” after Russian writer Leo Tolstoy’s novella of the same name. The music narrates this murderous tale – banned by Russian authorities upon its first publication in 1889 – about love and envy. For French composer Maurice Ravel, whose String Quartet we’ll perform on programme two, 1889 also proved a significant year. At the Paris World Fair that year, Ravel first heard Javanese Gamelan. The exotic, evocative sonorities of the gong ensemble entranced him and inspired his own writing.
Not only is there plenty on our musical menu to whet your appetite, our vineyard performances at Cloudy Bay (Blenheim), Church Road (Napier), and Cable Bay (Waiheke Island) will also provide the perfect excuse to relish in fine music with fine wine. To discover more and to book tickets, view here.
28 August 2019 / NewsIn our last Q-notes issue we highlighted the success in the NZCT Chamber Music Contest of several student ensembles that attended the Queen’s Birthday Chamber Music Weekend. Two groups that participated in the course made it through to the semi-finals at the Auckland Town Hall on 2 August. Read More
28 August 2019 / NewsAfter several concerts at home, our tour in October will take us abroad again, this time to the USA and Germany. Read More
28 August 2019 / NewsIt was terrific to see so many of you at our concerts in June and July as we travelled the country on our annual National Tour. Read More