Concert Review

"Although the contemporary music ensemble Stroma is a relatively new kid on the concert block, the group are already forging strong new directions in the performance of new music by presenting challenging programmes of contemporary classics alongside both existing and newly commissioned works by our own New Zealand composers.

In programming a work such as the Ligeti Chamber Concerto (1970), the Stroma players find an opportunity to really show us what they're made of—and what a rare privilege for a New Zealand audience to experience this contemporary classic, live and so beautifully polished. In this concerto, the skill of the players was really tested, and their ability to maintain homogeneity over a prolonged period truly shone through. Under the direction of conductor Hamish McKeich, Stroma achieved an evocative nuance of colour and a rich yet sensitively balanced, carefully controlled dynamic."

— Music in New Zealand