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KIA ORA It is with tremendous pride and excitement that I bring you our 2020 Season – a year of music making which looks both forward and back, embracing old and new. New Zealand becomes a meeting place of international and local artists, and experienced musicians with extraordinary careers and those breaking out onto the international stage. We open with 22 exceptionally talented young musicians from Juilliard415, directed by Robert Mealy. The group will wow audiences with their fresh look at the music of the baroque masters. I am super-excited about Calefax – a virtuosic reed quintet from the Netherlands who are known for their brilliant arrangements and innovative stage presentation. They will also share their love of music and all-things ‘windy’ with our youngest audiences in four education concerts. Wrap up warm in the middle of the year as we take you on a cathedral experience with VOCES8 – a vocal ensemble occupying heavenly heights in the choral world; and finish the season with two British string quartets - the internationally acclaimed Doric String Quartet, and the up-and-coming award-winning Marmen Quartet.

We’re also celebrating the best of New Zealand: with favourite musicians from the NZSO, including VesaMatti Leppänen and Samuel Jacobs, who present a programme of Mozart and Beethoven; much-loved New Zealand pianist Stephen De Pledge who tours with Michael Hill International Violin Competition winner Anna Im; a brand-new production from Claire Cowan and her cutting-edge group Blackbird Ensemble; and a pairing of the New Zealand String Quartet with renowned two-time Grammy nominee Rahim AlHaj, who will take audiences on a deeply personal journey in his acclaimed Letters from Iraq. Last, but by no means least, we have the honour of presenting the wonderful Michael Houstoun as part of his final solo recital tour. Michael has been a huge and treasured part of CMNZ’s history and the significance of his contribution to music in New Zealand has been immeasurable. This year of music up close truly celebrates our rich chamber music traditions while daring to build and expand upon those traditions with innovation and creativity. I do hope you enjoy!

Catherine Gibson Chief Executive Chamber Music New Zealand


CALENDAR FEBRUARY

Auckland

JUILLIARD415 Fri 28 Feb, 7.30pm

Hamilton

JUILLIARD415 Thu 27 Feb, 7.30pm

New Plymouth

Napier

Palmerston North

Wellington

Nelson

MARCH

APRIL

MAY

JUNE

VESA & FRIENDS Sun 5 Apr, 5pm

RAHIM ALHAJ & NZSQ Sun 3 May, 5pm

CALEFAX Sun 21 Jun, 5pm

Concert Chamber

Holy Trinity Cathedral

Concert Chamber

RAHIM ALHAJ & NZSQ Sat 2 May, 7.30pm

Gallagher PAC

Gallagher PAC

MICHAEL HOUSTOUN Fri 1 May, 7.30pm

JUILLIARD415 Mon 2 Mar 7.30pm 4th Wall Theatre

Theatre Royal

VESA & FRIENDS Tue 7 Apr, 7.30pm

Concert Chamber

CALEFAX Thu 11 Jun, 7.30pm Gallagher PAC

CALEFAX Sat 13 Jun, 7.30pm 4th Wall Theatre

JUILLIARD415 Thu 5 Mar, 7.30pm

MTG Century Theatre

CALEFAX Wed 10 Jun, 7.30pm

JUILLIARD415 Tue 3 Mar, 7.30pm

VESA & FRIENDS Wed 8 Apr, 7.30pm

CALEFAX Sun 14 Jun, 5pm

MTG Century Theatre

Globe Theatre

JUILLIARD415 Sat 7 Mar, 7.30pm

Salvation Army Citadel

MTG Century Theatre

Globe Theatre

Globe Theatre

RAHIM ALHAJ & NZSQ Tue 5 May, 7.30pm

CALEFAX Mon 8 Jun, 7.30pm Public Trust Building

Public Trust Building

JUILLIARD415 Mon 9 Mar, 7.30pm NCMA

RAHIM ALHAJ & NZSQ Thu 7 May, 7.30pm

CALEFAX Sat 6 Jun, 7.30pm

RAHIM ALHAJ & NZSQ Fri 8 May, 7.30pm

CALEFAX Sat 20 Jun, 8pm

RAHIM ALHAJ & NZSQ Mon 11 May, 7.30pm

CALEFAX Tue 16 Jun, 7.30pm

RAHIM ALHAJ & NZSQ Sun 10 May, 5pm

CALEFAX Thu 18 Jun, 7.30pm

NCMA

NCMA

Christchurch

Dunedin

JUILLIARD415 Tue 10 Mar, 7.30pm The Piano

JUILLIARD415 Thu 12 Mar, 7.30pm Glenroy Auditorium

The Piano

The Piano

Glenroy Auditorium

Glenroy Auditorium

Queenstown

Invercargill

JUILLIARD415 Fri 13 Mar, 7.30pm Civic Theatre

Victoria Room

Victoria Room


JULY

AUGUST

ANNA & STEPHEN Tue 21 Jul 7.30pm Concert Chamber

SEPTEMBER

OCTOBER

BLACKBIRD ENSEMBLE Tue 8 Sep, 7.30pm

DORIC STRING QUARTET Tue 6 Oct, 7.30pm

Q Theatre

NOVEMBER

Concert Chamber

DORIC STRING QUARTET Wed 7 Oct, 7.30pm

ANNA & STEPHEN Fri 31 Jul, 7.30pm Gallagher PAC

Gallagher PAC

ANNA & STEPHEN

Sat 1 Aug, 7.30pm

DORIC STRING QUARTET Fri 9 Oct, 7.30pm

Theatre Royal

BLACKBIRD ENSEMBLE

Theatre Royal

Wed 26 Aug, 7.30pm Theatre Royal

VOCES8 Fri 10 Jul, 7pm

Napier Cathedral Waiapu

MTG Century Theatre

DORIC STRING QUARTET Mon 12 Oct, 7.30pm

BLACKBIRD ENSEMBLE Fri 28 Aug, 7.30pm

DORIC STRING QUARTET Sat 10 Oct, 7.30pm

ANNA & STEPHEN Tue 4 Aug, 7.30pm

MTG Century Theatre

Globe Theatre

VOCES8 Wed 8 Jul, 7pm

Wellington Cathedral St Paul’s

Globe Theatre

ANNA & STEPHEN

DORIC STRING QUARTET & MARMEN QUARTET Thu 15 Oct, 7.30pm

Thu 6 Aug, 7.30pm Public Trust Building

BLACKBIRD ENSEMBLE

Sat 29 Aug, 7.30pm

Public Trust Building

Shed 6

VOCES8 Tue 7 Jul, 7pm

MARMEN QUARTET Tue 13 Oct, 7.30pm

Nelson Cathedral

NCMA

VOCES8 Sun 5 Jul, 7pm

Transitional Cathedral

ANNA & STEPHEN Thu 23 Jul, 7.30pm

BLACKBIRD ENSEMBLE Mon 31 Aug, 7.30pm

DORIC STRING QUARTET Tue 13 Oct, 7.30pm

The Piano

The Piano

The Piano

VOCES8 Sat 4 Jul, 7pm

St Paul’s Cathedral

BLACKBIRD ENSEMBLE Wed 2 Sep, 7.30pm

King’s and Queen’s Performing Arts Centre

ANNA & STEPHEN Sat 25 Jul, 4pm

MARMEN QUARTET Sat 10 Oct, 7.30pm Glenroy Auditorium

MARMEN QUARTET Sun 11 Oct, 7pm

Memorial Centre

Memorial Centre

BLACKBIRD ENSEMBLE Thu 3 Sep, 7.30pm Civic Theatre

MARMEN QUARTET Fri 9 Oct, 7.30pm Victoria Room

MICHAEL HOUSTOUN Sat 21 Nov, 7.30pm Michael Fowler Centre


USA

A Tale of Two Countries

JUILLIARD415 Next generation baroque, this chamber orchestra of young players from one of the world’s most distinguished music schools starts our season with a bang. The New York Times describes Juilliard415 as an ensemble who plays with “consistent poise, and hair-trigger responsiveness” under such prominent artists as William Christie, Jordi Savall and Rachel Podger. For their New Zealand tour, Juilliard415 perform under the leadership of early music legend violinist Robert Mealy in a programme contrasting two baroque styles. “Our programs are a dialogue between the two main musical languages in the baroque,

the French and the Italian styles, focusing on Rome where Corelli was inventing the orchestra in the 1680s and Paris where Lully did the same thing at about the same time. The French pieces explore various dance forms, including everything from brilliant gigues to slow sarabandes, while the Italian works are fiery concertos: a nice contrast of styles!” – Robert Mealy This programme also features a new commission from Dame Gillian Whitehead providing a striking contrast between old and new.

HIGHLIGHTS

WHERE & WHEN

Rameau Suite from “Dardanus”

Auckland Fri 28 Feb 7.30pm

Wellington Sat 7 Mar 7.30pm

Hamilton Thu 27 Feb 7.30pm

Nelson Mon 9 Mar 7.30pm

New Plymouth Mon 2 Mar 7.30pm

Christchurch Tue 10 Mar 7.30pm

Napier Thu 5 Mar 7.30pm

Dunedin Thu 12 Mar 7.30pm

Palmerston North Tue 3 Mar 7.30pm

Invercargill Fri 13 Mar 7.30pm

Vivaldi Concerto in D major for two violins and two cellos, RV564 Concerto for flute in G minor, RV439 “La notte” Lully Suite from “Thésée“ Corelli Concerto grosso in D major, Op 6, No 7 100 minutes including interval


NEW ZEALAND

Principal Players

VESA & FRIENDS Born and raised in Finland, Vesa-Matti Leppänen moved to New Zealand in 2000. For well over a decade he has been Concertmaster of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and has earned international recognition as a chamber musician, teacher, adjudicator and soloist. Vesa-Matti Leppänen has gathered an impressive group of friends, including principal players from the NZSO, to perform a programme that shines a light on the sensational horn playing of Samuel Jacobs. After several years playing principal horn

HIGHLIGHTS

WHERE & WHEN

Beethoven String Trio in E flat major, Op 3

Auckland Sun 5 Apr 5pm

Mozart Horn Quintet in E flat major, K407 Beethoven Sextet for two horns and string quartet in E flat major, Op 81b 100 minutes including interval

Napier Tue 7 Apr 7.30pm Palmerston North Wed 8 Apr 7.30pm

in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Samuel returned to New Zealand in 2017 to take up a permanent position with our national orchestra. The ensemble will perform the most cherished piece of chamber music for horn, Mozart’s Quintet, and will be joined by a second horn player from the NZSO to play a rarely performed work, Beethoven’s Sextet in E flat Major. To mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, the group will also perform his String Trio in E flat as part of their programme.


IRAQ/USA & NEW ZEALAND

Letters from Iraq

RAHIM ALHAJ

WITH THE NZSQ Love and loss. Home and hope. Grammywinning Iraqi-American composer and oud player, Rahim AlHaj leads the New Zealand String Quartet, double bassist Joan Perarnau Garriga and percussionist Nicholas Baker to perform Letters from Iraq. AlHaj, a man with first-hand knowledge of oppression and torture under Saddam Hussein’s regime and a deep love for the people of his native Iraq, recounts a specific story with each piece. To listen is to experience the heartbreak, loss, and the day-to-day journeys of so many Iraqi citizens. An inspired and loving tribute to people in dire conditions, who still press forward.

The Arts’ National Heritage Fellowship Award in 2015. “Folk and traditional arts are fundamental to our nation’s rich creative history, bridging differences and revealing our common humanity,” Obama wrote to AlHaj. “These forms of expression are powerful tools for evoking emotions, memories, and understanding.” AlHaj has said “Music can make us laugh, make us cry, make us march into war. I want to make music to make us realise peace.” Letters from Iraq are works of deep emotion and great beauty, melding mastery of Iraqi and Western classical genres alike to form something entirely new.

President Barack Obama awarded Rahim AlHaj with the National Endowment For

HIGHLIGHTS

WHERE & WHEN

Rahim AlHaj Dream (solo oud) Letters from Iraq

Auckland Sun 3 May 5pm

Christchurch Fri 8 May 7.30pm

Hamilton Sat 2 May 7.30pm

Dunedin Mon 11 May 7.30pm

Wellington Tue 5 May 7.30pm

Invercargill Sun 10 May 5pm

Barber String Quartet in B minor, Op 11 100 minutes including interval

Nelson Thu 7 May 7.30pm


THE NETHERLANDS

Classics Re-imagined

CALEFAX In great demand internationally, world renowned Calefax Reed Quintet are one of the most dazzling wind ensembles performing at present. This close-knit ensemble of five reed players draws music from eight centuries of repertoire to create unique arrangements: from early music to classical and jazz to world premières, in the hands of Calefax it all sounds fresh and new. Calefax Reed Quintet has enjoyed collaborations with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, trombonist Christian Lindberg, mezzo-soprano Cora Burggraaf, Jungle Boldie (formerly the Tony Overwater Trio) trumpet player Marco Blaauw, percussionist Arnold Marinissen, Zapp String Quartet,

cellist Matthew Barley, clarinettist Kinan Azmeh, violinist Claude Chalhoub, jazz singers Denise Jannah and Astrid Seriese, and choreographer Sanne van der Put. This concert offers works by Bach, Fauré and Schumann, but freshly imagined, as if they were indeed written for reed quintet. “Five extremely gifted Dutch gents who almost made the reed quintet seem the best musical format on the planet.” – The Times (UK) A classical ensemble with a pop mentality. We dare you not to be charmed.

HIGHLIGHTS

WHERE & WHEN

Mozart Quintet in C minor, KV406

Auckland Sun 21 Jun 5pm

Wellington Mon 8 Jun 7.30pm*∆

Hamilton Thu 11 Jun 7.30pm

Nelson Sat 6 Jun 7.30pm

New Plymouth Sat 13 Jun 7.30pm

Christchurch Sat 20 Jun 8pm

Napier Wed 10 Jun 7.30pm∆

Dunedin Tue 16 Jun 7.30pm∆

Palmerston North Sun 14 Jun 5pm

Invercargill Thu 18 Jun 7.30pm∆

Bach Brandenburg Concerto No 6, BWV1051 Strauss Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op 28 Fauré Dolly Suite, Op 56 100 minutes including interval

*Audio Described ∆ Education concerts accompany this tour in Napier, Dunedin, Wellington, Invercargill.


UNITED KINGDOM

Sacred Sounds

VOCES8 Prepare yourself for the exceptionally smooth sounds of VOCES8 as they take you on an acoustic tour of cathedrals throughout New Zealand. Gramophone Magazine writes, “The singing of VOCES8 is impeccable in its quality of tone and balance. They bring a new dimension to the word ‘ensemble’ with meticulous timing and tuning.”

This tour will envelop you in sounds of infinite purity, from Tallis to Dove, Gibbons to Gjeilo. VOCES8 bring a selection of wintry tales to resonate with the season. This young British vocal ensemble’s perfect transparency, extreme cohesion, flawless accuracy and sheer stage presence will win you over immediately.

HIGHLIGHTS

WHERE & WHEN

Tallis O Nata Lux

Napier Fri 10 Jul 7pm

Christchurch Sun 5 Jul 7pm

Rachmaninov All Night Vigil, Op 37: Bogoroditse Devo

Wellington Wed 8 Jul 7pm

Dunedin Sat 4 Jul at 7pm

Eric Whitacre Sleep Holst In the Bleak Midwinter Ola Gjeilo Ubi Caritas 70 minutes no interval

Nelson Tue 7 Jul 7pm


NEW ZEALAND

Weaving Waiata

MATARIKI Kua haehae ngā hihi o Matariki The rays of Matariki are spread Gather up the whānau and join us on a mid-winter journey as we weave together strands of myth, music, song and storytelling into a magical, interactive theatre experience made for the entire family. We invite you to a meeting place between Western classical music and traditional Māori music – a space to reflect on who we are and where we stand as New Zealanders in Aotearoa in 2020.

What songs do we carry with us? What tunes do we teach our children? What stories and histories do these songs tell? In an exciting collaboration with the Hunter Collective, this work is the first chapter in a series of seven stories, taking place over the next seven years. Each year’s event will draw inspiration from one of the seven stars in the cluster – Matariki and her six daughters – to tell a new story. The journey begins this July. Join us.

WHERE Napier

New Plymouth

Wellington

Palmerston North

Upper Hutt

This is a free event suitable for all ages. There will also be free related workshops for children.

*Final locations and dates will be confirmed in early 2020. See our website for more details. This Māori proverb as described by Dr Rangi Matamua, is spoken when Matariki is seen bright in the night sky, and the rays of its various stars carry messages for the people.


NZCT CHAMBER MUSIC CONTEST

2020 CONTEST Since 1965 we have witnessed thousands of young Kiwi secondary school students take to the stage from across the country as part of the annual NZCT Chamber Music Contest.

chamber ensembles, here and overseas, and embark on successful solo careers. This is a prestigious national event which celebrates excellence.

This is a significant part of our year as it unites students, parents, teachers, mentors and volunteers nationwide, in what has become the largest and longest running chamber music event of its kind.

The Contest is also about pursuing a discipline which has positive impacts on all facets of life for young New Zealanders. Most of all, is it about building and bringing communities together in the joy of making music.

The Contest acts as a springboard for our musicians of tomorrow. We see alumni appear as members of orchestras and

DISTRICT ROUNDS 2-12 June

REGIONAL FINALS 20-21 June

NATIONAL FINALS WEEKEND Wellington

Northland Auckland Bay of Plenty Waikato East Coast Taranaki Hawke’s Bay Whanganui Manawatō Wellington Nelson/Marlborough Canterbury South Canterbury Otago Southland

Northern (Auckland)

Fri 7 Aug Sat 8 Aug

Central (Wellington) Southern (Christchurch)


SOUTH KOREA & NEW ZEALAND

The MHIVC Winner’s Tour

ANNA IM WITH

STEPHEN DE PLEDGE Winner of the 2019 Michael Hill International Violin Competition Anna Im and beloved New Zealand pianist Stephen De Pledge come together for a concert of works by Mozart, Beethoven, Wieniawski and Clara Schumann. This is a celebration of the beauty of the violin and piano, and a chance to support exciting young talent. Anna Im started playing the violin aged six and just two years later was invited to perform for the Thai Royal Family. After winning various competitions in Korea,

Anna was awarded a full scholarship by the Korean Government to study at the Korean National Institute for the Gifted in Arts, and in 2012 she received a scholarship to study at the Millfield senior school in the UK. She began studies with Aaron Rosand in 2014 at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Anna has been kindly loaned instruments for her performances from the Beares International Violin Society.

HIGHLIGHTS

WHERE & WHEN

C Schumann Three Romances for violin and piano, Op 22

Auckland Tue 21 Jul 7.30pm

Wellington Thu 6 Aug 7.30pm

Hamilton Fri 31 Jul 7.30pm

Christchurch Thu 23 Jul 7.30pm

New Plymouth Sat 1 Aug 7.30pm

Queenstown Sat 25 Jul 4pm

Franck Violin Sonata in A major YsaĂże Violin Sonata No 2 in A minor, Op 27, No 2

Napier Tue 4 Aug 7.30pm

Beethoven Violin Sonata No 2 in A major, Op 12, No 2 100 minutes including interval

Presented in partnership with Michael Hill International Violin Competition


NEW ZEALAND

Futuristic Chamber Fusion

BLACKBIRD ENSEMBLE Claire Cowan’s Blackbird Ensemble are thrillseekers, liberty takers and musical magpies inviting you into their treasure-filled nest. Aiming to move you and groove you against a backdrop of a futuristic dystopia, they explore ideas about the future, technology and its impact on our lives and planet, and our interconnectedness and interdependence as human beings in society.

WHERE & WHEN Auckland Tue 8 Sep 7.30pm*

Christchurch Mon 31 Aug 7.30pm

New Plymouth Wed 26 Aug 7.30pm*

Dunedin Wed 2 Sep 7.30pm

Palmerston North Fri 28 Aug 7.30pm

Invercargill Thu 3 Sep 7.30pm

Wellington Sat 29 Aug 7.30pm

*Audio Description available

This ground-breaking young New Zealand ensemble walks the line between genres with traditional instruments and weird and wonderful new ones. In this concert Blackbird Ensemble explores new territories through a retro-futurist lens, creating ritualistic performances of music spanning multiple centuries, that will leave you feeling like you’ve time-travelled into a strange new reality.


UNITED KINGDOM

Emerging Stars

MARMEN QUARTET A fresh and talented string quartet featuring New Zealand-born violist Bryony GibsonCornish, Marmen Quartet is one to watch. Joint winners of the Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Grand Prize at the 2019 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition, 2018 Royal Over-Seas League Competition and Music in the Round ‘Bridge’ Scheme, they are current String Quartet Fellows at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. Marmen Quartet offers you a journey through time to the present and back again. They begin with a quartet from Schubert’s

HIGHLIGHTS

WHERE & WHEN

Schubert Quartettsatz in C minor, D703

Wellington* Thu 15 Oct 7.30pm

Debussy String Quartet in G minor, Op 10 Salina Fisher New commission Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 6 in F major, Op 80

more mature output, the Quartettsatz in C minor, which shines for its sublime slow movement. Debussy’s first impressionist masterwork, the Quartet in G minor, then carries Marmen Quartet from the classical to the 20th century, before we arrive firmly in the 21st century with a commission from Salina Fisher. The dial of time turns full circle to Mendelssohn’s final quartet, a neat juxtaposition of old and new from a young quartet embarking on an exciting international career.

Nelson Tue 13 Oct 7.30pm Dunedin Sat 10 Oct 7.30pm Invercargill Fri 9 Oct 7.30pm Queenstown Sun 11 Oct 7pm

100 minutes including interval

*Marmen Quartet & Doric String Quartet will perform together in Wellington Presented in partnership with ROSL ARTS


UNITED KINGDOM

Exceptional Quality

DORIC STRING QUARTET If the bar for quartet excellence was already set stratospherically high, the UK’s Doric String Quartet has surely launched it into orbit. Founded in 1998, the Quartet has firmly established itself as the leading British string quartet of its generation, receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across the globe. Whether tackling the delicate nuances of earlier composers, or embracing the dramatic gestures of contemporary ones, the Dorics meet every artistic challenge with a captivating blend of sophistication and passion.

Described by Gramophone magazine as “one of the finest young string quartets”, whose members are “musicians with fascinating things to say” the Quartet is a regular visitor to some of Europe’s leading concert halls, has a particularly close relationship with the Wigmore Hall in London and undertakes annual tours of North America. Spoil yourself with this vibrant world-class string quartet.

HIGHLIGHTS

WHERE & WHEN

Mozart String Quartet No 23 in F major, K590

Auckland Tue 6 Oct 7.30pm

Palmerston North Sat 10 Oct 7.30pm

Hamilton Wed 7 Oct 7.30pm

Wellington* Thu 15 Oct 7.30pm

New Plymouth Fri 9 Oct 7.30pm

Christchurch Tue 13 Oct 7.30pm

Britten String Quartet No 3 in G major, Op 94 Mendelssohn String Quartet No 3 in D major, Op 44, No 1

Napier Mon 12 Oct 7.30pm

String Octet in E flat major, Op 20* 100 minutes including interval

*Marmen Quartet & Doric String Quartet will perform together in Wellington


NEW ZEALAND

The Farewell Tour

MICHAEL HOUSTOUN One of the world’s greatest pianists, Michael Houstoun has been a treasured figure in New Zealand music for nearly 50 years. This concert is a carefully balanced and beautiful selection of music: Bach, Debussy and Chopin, and of course, Beethoven. Houstoun is one of the foremost interpreters of Beethoven’s piano music, and in this concert you will hear the bright and joyous “Waldstein”. Houstoun says: “It was

HIGHLIGHTS

WHERE & WHEN

Beethoven Piano Sonata No 21 in C major, Op 53 “Waldstein”

New Plymouth Fri 1 May 7.30pm

Bach arr Busoni Violin Partita No 2 in D minor, BWV1004: Chaconne Debussy Images (Book 1) Chopin Piano Sonata No 3 in B minor, Op 58 100 minutes including interval

Wellington Sat 21 Nov 7.30pm

Beethoven who woke me up to myself as a musician. The thing about Beethoven is that he somehow synthesises human psychological truths, with all of their subtlety and all of their range, into music.” Last year Houstoun announced his retirement, and this concert will be one of the last opportunities to hear him. A national treasure in concert.


YOUR SUBSCRIPTION A CMNZ subscription offers you benefits to enjoy a year of chamber music to the full. A, B & C RESERVE SUBSCRIPTION

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UNDER 35s – 50% off We are turning 70 in 2020, so to celebrate, we are giving those under half our age a 50% discount² on subscription prices! SCHOOLS SUBSCRIPTION One teacher and nine students for $50 per concert.

• Includes tickets to all subscription concerts in your selected city

• The very best seats including

premium reserved seats to VOCES8 and premium seats to concerts at new venues in 2020³

• Invitation to join artists backstage for drinks and refreshments following the performance

• Complimentary tickets to Michael Houstoun’s final recital concert4

• A complimentary ticket to any

concert in the season to bring or pass on to a friend5

• All other benefits of the standard subscription

1 payment by credit card incurs a 3% payment processing fee 2 ID will be required and must be purchased online 3 New Plymouth, Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin only 4 New Plymouth and Wellington only 5 All centres except New Plymouth and Wellington


Aotearoa Sound

REGIONAL CONCERTS KARAKA COLLECTIVE 29 March – 2 April Wellington, Tauranga and Cromwell Lindy Tennent-Brown (pianist), Wendy Dawn Thompson (mezzo-soprano) and James Harrison (baritone) perform two varied programmes with music by Britten, both Schumanns, Weill, Vaughan Williams and Poulenc. JUN BOUTEREY-ISHIDO 22 April – 13 May Rotorua, Whangarei, Whanganui, Rangiora, Cromwell and Motueka

VESA AND FRIENDS 5 – 19 July Waikanae, Wanaka, Christchurch, Motueka, Wellington, Upper Hutt, Kerikeri and Warkworth Turn to the Vesa and Friends tour page for details. ANNA IM AND STEPHEN DE PLEDGE 2 August Whanganui Turn to the Anna Im and Stephen De Pledge tour page for details.

One of our most highly acclaimed young pianists presents a variety of impressionist, romantic and classical repertoire including pieces by Béla Bartók and Jack Body.

LUCIEN JOHNSON QUARTET 4 July – 16 August Whanganui, Motueka, Cromwell, Oamaru, Gore, Gisborne, Kerikeri, Warkworth and Whangarei

COWAN DARROCH DUO 15 – 30 May Whanganui, Kerikeri, Te Awamutu, Rotorua, Gisborne, Tauranga and Wanaka

Drawing on influences from Ethiopian jazz, Haitian voodoo drumming and waiata; award-winning saxophonist and composer Lucien Johnson returns from New York to present a programme of compositions old and new.

This emerging flute and guitar duo have compiled two programmes evocative of natural landscapes built around Takemitsu’s ethereal Towards the Sea and Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango. NZTRIO 7 – 21 June Waikanae, Upper Hutt, Motueka, Whanganui, Wellington, Rotorua, Kerikeri and Whangarei Our very own trio complement masterworks by Beethoven and Ravel with music by Greek-Canadian, Kriztos Hatzis, and Sri Lankan-Canadian, Dinuk Wijeratene.

LARA HALL & RACHAEL GRIFFITHS-HUGHES 23 August – 6 September Tauranga, Rotorua, Motueka, Wanaka, Cromwell and Gore A programme of Georgian violin music built around a set of 18th-century sonatas by Joseph Gibbs, presented alongside English contemporaries Handel and Playford. MARMEN QUARTET 27 September – 18 October Wellington, Rotorua, Waikanae, Christchurch, Warkworth and Whangarei Turn to the Marmen Quartet tour page for details. For more information, including how to buy tickets, visit chambermusic.co.nz/regional


ACCESS & EDUCATION LET’S MAKE MUSIC TOGETHER Join us for our award-winning series of relaxed and accessible concerts in partnership with the IHC Foundation. These performances focus on inclusion, participation and discovery opportunities for diverse audiences. Participation is a big part of these events; trust-building and learning songs in accompanying workshops prior to the concerts lead to a higher level of participation and an overall more relaxed environment. These are relaxed performances – everybody is encouraged to move around, vocalise and express themselves as they wish. chambermusic.co.nz/access ACCESSIBILITY Large Print Programmes are available for subscription concerts at $3 each. Purchase them in advance by placing an order on your booking form. E-reader compatible programme notes are also available online prior to the concert. Access information for each of our venues is available online. Please let us know of any assistance you may need when you book your subscription.

AUDIO DESCRIPTION For blind and low vision patrons. At our described concerts a trained audio describer will provide a live description of the visual elements of performance during pauses in the music. The narration is transmitted to audience members who are wearing an earpiece, with the earpiece attached to a pocketsized radio receiver. A touch tour prior to the concert will enable you to fully appreciate and visualise the stage setting, instruments and their placement on stage in relation to each other. WELLINGTON Mon 8 Jun (Calefax) NEW PLYMOUTH Wed 26 Aug (Blackbird Ensemble) AUCKLAND Tue 8 Sep (Blackbird Ensemble) For bookings, call 0800 CONCERT (266 2378) Adults: $35 (best available seating) All child, secondary student, and tertiary student tickets are $10. Your ticket will include the following: • Touch tour • Companion seat free (if required) • Audio described concert • Usher assistance (if required) • Braille programme (if required) • Guide dog access (if required)


FINE PRINT CALEFAX KIDS’ CONCERT This Dutch ensemble will blow some wind into your sails with this fun-filled concert for kids. This is a free event so come along and discover an extraordinary whirlwind of music from this reed quintet.

RENEWING YOUR SUBSCRIPTION Want to keep the same seats? Ensure your booking is received before the priority booking period closes on Monday 25 November 2019. After this date your current seats will be made available to other subscribers.

WELLINGTON* Mon 8 June NAPIER Wed 10 June DUNEDIN Tue 16 June INVERCARGILL Thu 18 June

REFUNDS Chamber Music New Zealand operates a no refunds policy. Any box office exchanges are at the discretion of CMNZ and the relevant box office manager.

chambermusic.co.nz/calefax MASTERCLASSES & WORKSHOPS Creating opportunities for student musicians to learn from our international artists while they are touring. These classes are provided to students free of charge and are open to public. PRECONCERT EVENTS A series of free presentations before every concert in the subscription calendar. Talks, interviews and short performances, each event is curated to enrich and provide context for the concert to follow. Beginning 45-minutes before each concert and lasting 20-minutes, hear from some of New Zealand’s most fascinating musicians, academics, artists and journalists in this relaxed setting. TICKETING OPTIONS FOR SCHOOLS 5 for $35 – 1 teacher/4 students Teacher plus four tickets for $7 each. Can be booked in advance through CMNZ up until 4pm the day prior to the concert. Also available from the box office from one hour prior to the concert but includes venue/ ticketing surcharges (eg. 5 for $40-45).

*Audio Description available in Wellington

PAYMENTS Cheques should be made payable to ‘Chamber Music New Zealand’. For split payments, the first payment is due at time of booking, and the second during early February 2020.

CONCESSION PRICES Discounts are available for SuperGold card holders aged 65+ years. See the pricing table on the reverse of your booking form. To claim the concession rate please enclose proof of eligibility with your booking form. Renewing subscribers do not need to provide this again. $10 STUDENT RUSH TIX Strictly limited $10 rush tickets are available for all ages from the box office one hour prior to concert start time. Limited rush tickets are also available for students with ID. UPDATES We endeavour to provide up-to-date information for our concerts and activities on our website. If any major changes occur we will contact subscribers directly via telephone, email or post. CONCERT DURATIONS Please note timings listed on the programmes are approximate. TRANSPORT Kāpiti Bus Service from Waikanae to the Wellington for each subscription concert. Seats are available at $10 each way, and you can add your request to your booking form. Auckland Car Parking can be reserved by registering your interest on your booking form. THE FINE PRINT All sales are subject to terms and conditions and submitting a subscription application indicates that you have read these and agree with those terms of sale and issue. Selected terms and conditions are printed on the back of tickets. Full terms and conditions are detailed at chambermusic.co.nz PRIVACY POLICY Your personal information will be treated confidentially in accordance with the appropriate legislation and CMNZ’s Privacy Policy. Visit chambermusic.co.nz/privacy-policy for more information. DISCLAIMER The information provided in this brochure was correct at time of printing. Chamber Music New Zealand reserves the right to alter, substitute or withdraw any advertised programmes, artists, dates, times or venues and to change any seating arrangements.


HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE Everything we do aims to ignite a passion for chamber music that is embraced widely as it responds and adapts to the changing performing arts landscape, ensuring this valuable art form thrives for generations to come. Chamber Music New Zealand champions chamber music as a vibrant, distinctive, necessary and contemporary musical experience for all New Zealanders. Advocating inclusion, participation, and discovery for diverse communities across Aotearoa, our aim is to celebrate and deepen our relationship with existing audiences and practitioners, introduce the artform to new ears, foster emerging talent, and innovate through cross-sector collaborations. We are committed to providing you:

• The very best musicians in the world through our International Concert Season.

• The very best local musicians and talent through our Regional Series.

• The very best national platform for our student

chamber musicians through our New Zealand Community Trust (NZCT) Chamber Music Contest.

• The very best access, education and participation in chamber music through our Outreach Programme; providing coaching to developing musicians, and a presence in communities with limited arts opportunities.

We can’t do all this without you, so please consider a donation as part of your subscription. Play your part in bringing the best in chamber music experiences to all New Zealanders. chambermusic.co.nz/support


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THANK YOU A special thank you to all of our sponsors and funding partners.

Core Funder

Supporting Funder

National Touring Partners

National Business Partners

University Partner

Regional Partner

Key Funding Partners CMNZ recognises the following funders who generously support our work.

Funding Partners The Adam Foundation CANZ Community Trust of Southland Eastern & Central Community Trust Four Winds Foundation Invercargill Licensing Trust

Judith Clark Memorial Fund Mt Wellington Foundation One Foundation Otago Community Trust Performing Arts Fund SOUNZ

Southern Trust Trust Waikato TSB Community Trust Turnovsky Endowment Trust Wellington Community Trust


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