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Upcoming concerts in 2019

Where Sea Meets Sky

Hannah Playhouse

An evocative evening of chamber music evoking the sea and sky. Sometimes quiet and contemplative, sometimes tempestuous and stormy, Stroma performs six works from around the world are inspired by the natural environment. The concert also celebrates the iconic works of one of New Zealand’s most experienced, senior composers, John Rimmer, who celebrates his 80th birthday in 2019.

Rimmer’s piece, Where Sea Meets Sky 2, originally written in 1975, was inspired by a trans-Tasman plane journey, in which the composer was entranced by the qualities of light and play when looking out of his window at the horizon of the Tasman Sea. Deirdre Gribbin’s dark and mesmerising string quartet, What the Whaleship Saw, is based on the gruesome story of survival and cannibalism amongst the crew of the Nantucket whaler, the Essex, after it was wrecked by a whale. Also featured is the iconic brass work Fog Tropes by Ingram Marshall, which featured in the soundtrack to the feature film Shutter Island. Other works in the concert include the luminous shades of 13 Couleurs du Soleil Couchant (13 Colours of the Setting Sun) by Tristan Murail, the hypnotic minimalism of Reflections by young Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir, and the evocative bass flute and harp work Pearls of the Sea by Eve de Castro-Robinson.

There will be a pre-concert at the venue Q&A at 6:45pm, with John Rimmer and Michael Norris.

FEATURING

Hamish McKeich (conductor)

PROGRAMME

Tristan MurailTreize couleurs du soleil couchant (NZ premiere)

Eve de Castro-RobinsonPearls of the Sea

Anna ThorvaldsdottirReflections (NZ premiere)

John RimmerWhere Sea Meets Sky 2

Ingram MarshallFog tropes (NZ premiere)

Deirdre Gribbinwhat the whaleship saw (NZ premiere)

Where Sea Meets Sky

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Voices of the World

Hannah Playhouse

A rich collection of works inspired by non-Western musical traditions from around the world, including the unforgettable song cycle, Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs, sung by outstanding New Zealand soprano Bianca Andrew, and the world premieres of works by Celeste Oram and John Psathas, featuring the violin of US virtuoso Keir GoGwilt and the taonga puoro of Rob Thorne and Alistair Fraser.

FEATURING

Bianca Andrew (mezzo-soprano)

Keir GoGwilt (violin)

Alistair Fraser (taonga puoro)

Rob Thorne (taonga puoro)

Hamish McKeich (conductor)

PROGRAMME

Luciano BerioFolk songs

Julia WolfeReeling (NZ premiere)

John PsathasIrirangi (Meditation) (world premiere)

Jack BodyBouyi

Anna Clyne A wonderful day (NZ premiere)

Celeste Oram/Rob ThorneAn Overture (world premiere)

Voices of the World

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Sonic Portraits

New Zealand Portrait Gallery

An evening of intimate chamber music, with five exciting composers from NZ and overseas, in the beautiful surroundings of the New Zealand Portrait Gallery. With guest soloists French cello virtuoso Séverine Ballon and Wellington-based taonga puoro legend Alistair Fraser, this concert also features the evocative masterwork Rain Coming by legendary Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu.

FEATURING

Séverine Ballon (cello)

Alistair Fraser (taonga puoro)

Hamish McKeich (conductor)

PROGRAMME

Salina Fisher Kingfisher (NZ premiere)

Rebecca Saunders Ire (NZ premiere)

Liza LimAn Ocean Beyond Earth (NZ premiere)

Ashley FureSoma (NZ premiere)

Alistair Fraser & Simon Eastwood New Work (world premiere)

Toru TakemitsuRain Coming

Sonic Portraits

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Stroma New Music Ensemble
c/- Michael Norris
New Zealand School of Music
PO Box 600
Wellington 6021
New Zealand

+64 21 211 0138
info@stroma.co.nz
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