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NATIONAL TOUR 2020: BEETHOVEN

This year we’re celebrating a massive composer with a massive tour. The 2020 National Tour brings Beethoven back on his 250th birthday, travelling throughout New Zealand between June and October. Written throughout his life, Beethoven’s string quartets remain, like his symphonies, some of the most remarkable classical music ever composed. Don’t miss this extraordinary music on tour. 

Reset your expectations at each of these exceptional and individual quartets. Prepare yourself to trace Beethoven’s evolution from brilliant classicist to daring modernist. Acclaimed world-wide for our performances of Beethoven’s music, join us for an unforgettable programme of Beethoven’s String Quartets.

 
 

ILLUMINATOR

Opus 18, No 3 (1801)
Opus 18, No 1 (1801)
Opus 59, No 1 (1808)

Beethoven | Illuminator brings you music that glows with the elegant influences of Mozart and Haydn before soaring light-years away to a sound-world that could only be Beethoven’s own. 

INNOVATOR

Opus 18, No 2 (1801)
Opus 74 (1809)
Opus 59, No 2 (1808)

Beethoven | Innovator sets the scene with one of the composer’s first quartets, then shows off his unexpected and unprecedented moves in music from his middle period.

IMMORTAL

Opus 18, No 4 (1801)
Opus 18, No 5 (1801)
Opus 59, No 3 (1808)

Beethoven | Immortal presents two exquisite early quartets as a launchpad from which to reach the heroic final work of his much-loved Rasumovsky Quartets.

UNIVERSAL

Opus 18, No 6 (1801)
Opus 95 (1814)
Opus 127 (1825)

Beethoven | Universal brings you music that reaches ambitiously from the threshold of a new century to the symphonic spaciousness of the composer’s harmonic language.

ICON

Opus 135 (1826)
Opus 130, Finale (1825)
Opus 132 (1825)

Beethoven | Icon takes you on a wild ride through the composer’s inimitable soundscape, from counterpoint and fugue to the passions and complexities of Romanticism.

VISIONARY

Opus 130 (1825)
Op. 133 (Grosse Fuge/Great Fugue) (1825)
Opus 131 (1826)

Beethoven | Visionary offers music that pulsates with daring virtuosity from Beethoven’s constant experimenting with new sounds and ideas.

MAESTRO

Op. 59, No. 1
Op. 130
Op. 133 (Grosse Fuge/Great Fugue) (1825)

Beethoven | Maestro unites the playful with the profound in music that glows in the sun and resounds from clifftops.

VIRTUOSO

Opus 18, No 2 (1801)
Opus 74 (1809)
Opus 131 (1826)

Beethoven | Virtuoso unites follows Beethoven's evolution from the bold virtuosity of his earlier works through to the incredible storytelling of the late quartets.

 

NATIONAL TOUR 2020 DATES

BEETHOVEN 250: The Complete String Quartets

21 MAY 2021

7:30pm | St Luke's Church, Auckland

14 APRIL 2021

7pm | The Cloudy Bay Shed, Cromwell

13 APRIL 2021

12pm | Pacific Crystal Palace, Wanaka

11 APRIL 2021

4pm | Omaru Opera House

10 APRIL 2021

1pm | St Paul's Cathedral, Dunedin

14 NOVEMBER 2020

7:30pm | Turner Centre, Kerikeri

13 NOVEMBER 2020

7:30pm | Holy Trinity Church, Devonport

11 OCTOBER 2020

2:30pm | Millenium Hotel, Taupō

26 SEPTEMBER 2020

2:30pm | Public Trust Building, Wellington

25 SEPTEMBER 2020

7:30pm | Hunter Council Chamber, Wellington

23 SEPTEMBER 2020

7:30pm | St Peters Church, Paekākāriki

19 SEPTEMBER 2020

2:30pm | St John's in the City, Wellington

16 SEPTEMBER 2020

7:30pm | The Public Trust Building, Wellington

13 SEPTEMBER 2020

2:30pm | St Christopher's Seatoun, Wellington

11 SEPTEMBER 2020

7:30pm | St Andrew's on The Terrace, Wellington

6 SEPTEMBER 2020

4:00pm | Turner Centre, Kerikeri

5 SEPTEMBER 2020

7:30pm | Parnell Community Centre, Auckland

4 SEPTEMBER 2020

7:30pm | Baycourt Community and Arts Centre

22 AUGUST 2020

3:00pm | Trinity Church, Akaroa

21 AUGUST 2020

7:30pm | Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru

20 AUGUST 2020

7:30pm | The Piano, Christchurch

16 AUGUST 2020

6:00pm | Pah Homestead, Auckland

15 AUGUST 2020

7:30pm | Holy Trinity Church, Devonport

14 AUGUST 2020

7:30pm | Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts

12 AUGUST 2020

7:30pm | MTG Theatre, Napier

10 JULY 2020

7:30pm | Chanel Arts Centre, Motueka

9 JULY 2020

7:30pm | The Piano | Christopher's Classics

7 JULY 2020

7:30pm | Lake Wanaka Centre