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Fri, 04 Feb


Nelson Centre of Musical Arts


This event is part of the 2022 Adam Summer Celebration. The New Zealand String Quartet, Ipu Laga'aia (tenor), Jian Liu (piano), Somi Kim (piano), and Deidre Irons (piano). Sponsored by Dorothy & Alastair Kerr.

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Time & Location

04 Feb 2022, 7:30 pm NZDT

Nelson Centre of Musical Arts, 48 Nile Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand

About the event

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)


Alfred Schnittke - Quintet (1976) Diedre Irons (piano)

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

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