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2022 Season Preview

Updated: May 27, 2022

There's plenty to get excited about in our 2022 Season from festivals to masterclasses, familiar favourites to world premieres - one our most eclectic seasons yet.

Nau mai, haere mai,

As we bid farewell to 2021 and all its ups and downs, we look ahead to our 2022 season with excitement and renewed energy. The new year brings electrifying collaborations with brand-new and long-time musical friends; repertoire that’s fresh and familiar; and the chance to reconnect with our cherished audiences after what’s been an unsettled year.

We kick off 2022 in our gorgeous second home of Nelson, with the second instalment of the Adam Summer Celebration. We reunite with long-time friends the NZTrio, pianists Diedre Irons and Jian Liu, and welcome some new faces to the Adam Festival family, presenting a tantalisingly eclectic mix of music that’s sure to dazzle and delight. We stay on in Nelson to coach the chamber music stars of tomorrow at our 28th Adam Summer School, generously supported by the Adam Foundation – a real highlight of each year.

We’re thrilled to be returning to the Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts, this time as the co-curators of the chamber music series within the festival, where Helene and Gillian have crafted a series out-of-the-ordinary chamber experiences. A special highlight for us will be performing the world premiere of Manaaki by Phil Brownlee and Ariana Tikao, alongside one of our favourite works by Dame Gillian WhiteheadHine-pū-te-hue.

In April and May, we make our long-awaited return to the international stage as we appear at the Canberra International Music Festival and in Hobart as part of the Musica Viva Tasmania chamber series. Taking NZ music to the world stage, we give the Australian premiere of Manaaki Phil Brownlee and Ariana Tikao with tour-de-force taonga pūoro player Horomona Horo alongside works by Salina Fisher, Gareth Farr and Dame Gillian Whitehead.

Our ever-popular National Tour series returns in June and July, celebrating Matariki – exploring a programme of music that reflects on rebirth, renewal and the history that has come before us. Once again we’ll be traversing the breadth and depth of Aotearoa coming to a town near you – so keep in eye out in the new year for dates and cities!

And we wrap up the year with an exciting collaboration with Iraqi oud player Rahim AlHaj – Letters from Iraq. Presented by Chamber Music New Zealand, this touching and heart breaking collection of musical letters explores love and loss, home and hope through the eyes of Iraqi citizens under extreme oppression. We’re joined by percussionist Justin DeHart and double bassist Joan Perarnau Garriga for this special musical journey through ten cities across Aotearoa.

There’s something for everyone in our 2022 season, and we hope this collection of enriching and varied musical experiences will spark your imagination and capture the intimacy of chamber music at its best.

Check out our What’s On page for the full programme and to book your tickets, and as always please reach out with any questions – we love hearing from you.

We hope to see many of you at one of our concerts soon, and raise a glass to a bright and joyful 2022.

Ngā manaakitanga,

Marcus Norman

Kaiwhakahaere Matua | General Manager


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