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1Alex Ross with Bianca Andrew & Stroma
Chamber Music New Zealand presents
Touring NZ 20 30 May 2018
Alex Rosswith Bianca Andrew
Presented in association with
Core FunderTour Partner
Its not often you get to hear the worlds foremost music critic in person, accompanied by some of the most intriguing and beautiful music written for the 20th century. We welcome you to this exciting and varied programme with the celebrated critic and author Alex Ross, the hugely talented and much-loved young mezzo-soprano Bianca Andrew and the gifted musicians of STROMA who are always pushing boundaries and opening our ears. Chamber Music New Zealands promotion of such an interesting concert is to be admired and enjoyed.
Gillian DeaneChairDeane Endowment Trust
BERIO O KingBOULEZ Improvis pour le Dr. Kalmus XENAKIS CharismaGILLIAN WHITEHEAD ManutakiKAIJA SAARIAHO Oi Kuu DAVID LANG Short Fall
Alex Rosswith Bianca Andrew& STROMA
CHAMBER MUSIC NEW ZEALAND presents
THE REST IS NOISE: An exploration of the history of chamber music in the 20th and 21st century.
Sun 20 May, 4pm Auckland Town Hall* Mon 21 May, 7.30pm Gallagher Academy HamiltonTue 22 May, 7.30pm Theatre Royal New Plymouth*Thu 24 May, 7.30pm MTG Century Theatre NapierFri 25 May, 7.30pm Shed 6 Wellington*Sun 27 May, 6pm Nelson Centre of Musical Arts Mon 28 May, 7.30pm Glenroy Auditorium DunedinWed 30 May, 7.30pm The Piano Christchurch
The Auckland concert will be recorded for broadcast by RNZ Concert.
Alex Ross Author/AnimateurBianca Andrew Mezzo Soprano
STROMA:Hamish McKeich Conductor/Co-Director
Bridget Douglas FlutePatrick Barry Clarinet
Vesa-Matti Leppnen ViolinAndrew Thomson Violin/Viola
Ken Ichinose CelloEmma Sayers Piano
This concert will include excerpts from the following seminal works:
Duration: 120 minutes including interval
Full programme details listed on page 7
SCHOENBERG Pierrot LunaireRAVEL Chansons MadcassesBARTK ContrastsMESSIAEN Quartet for the End of TimeLIGETI Balad i joc (Ballad and Dance) STRAVINSKY Three Songs from William ShakespeareJENNY MCLEOD For Seven- INTERVAL -
*Audio description service provided by Nicola Owen of Audio Described Aotearoa.
Auckland concert presented in
Please respect the music, the musicians, and your fellow audience members, by switching off all cellphones, pagers and watches. Taking photographs, or sound or video recordings during the concert is strictly prohibited unless with the prior approval of Chamber Music New Zealand.
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Kia ora ttouHaving spent more than a quarter of a century lecturing on music at Victoria University of Wellington (please lets not change this name), I am in awe of Alex Rosss gift for communication. What is so brilliant about The Rest is Noise and Listen to This is the way Alex manages to synthesise fascinating historical and social detail with intelligent musical analysis. Listening to this (whatever this happens to be) is always more enjoyable and focused after reading what Alex has to say.
The Rest is Noise did the impossible. It made a mass readership interested in contemporary music. The scare quotes here and scare seems right in more ways than one because some of this music is over a century old, but still thought to be challenging. STROMA was created to champion this repertoire and they do a magnificent job of that. What better way of illustrating the intrinsic interest and the beauty of music from Schoenberg to Saariaho than to bring Alex and Stroma together? A programme based on seminal chamber works of the modern era would have to include Pierrot Lunaire. For that we needed Bianca Andrew a wonderful, intelligent young New Zealander who is forging a spectacular career in Europe.
I was delighted that the Auckland Writers Festival were so willing to partner CMNZ for this tour. Their patrons will have been treated to Alex talking about his new book on Wagner and another more general session by the time you are reading this. Id like to thank Anne OBrien warmly for working with us on bringing Alex to New Zealand.
Professor Jack Richards has provided generous support for Bianca Andrew on this tour. Thank you, Jack. STROMA draws on key players from the NZSO, and I would like to thank the Orchestra for their assistance in ensuring that this tour integrated with their own schedules and for allowing their players to take part.
We are indebted to our tour partners, Todd Corporation, and supporting partners, Lion Foundation and the Deane Endowment Trust. Sir Roderick and Lady Gillian Deane are long-time friends of Chamber Music New Zealand.
Enjoy the concert,
Peter Walls ONZMChief ExecutiveMusic Up Close | Puoro TaupiriChamber Music New Zealand
3Alex Ross with Bianca Andrew & Stroma
Do you want more out of your concert experience? Come along to our free CMNZ Prelude Series. Enjoy artist Q&A sessions, pre-concert talks, panel discussions and performances.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:0800 CONCERT (266 2378) chambermusic.co.nz/prelude
PHOTO; ANDI CROWN
A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music in
London and the New Zealand School of Music
in Wellington, mezzo soprano Bianca Andrew
began her career as an Emerging Artist with
New Zealand Opera. She is now based in
Germany, where she is a member of the
Opernstudio with Oper Frankfurt.
Bianca is known for her engaging performances
both in operatic and recital repertoire, and she
was the winner of the 2016 Kathleen Ferrier
Song Prize. Recent highlights include works by
Thomas Ads with the Cambridge Philharmonic,
Schumann with the London Symphony
Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle, and the title role
in Handels Radamisto with Guildhall Opera.
Bianca is an alumna of the New Zealand Opera
School, and is generously supported by the
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation.
Bianca is also supported by Professor Jack
Richards for this tour.
BIANCA ANDREWMezzo Soprano
New Zealand born conductor Hamish McKeich
has forged an impressive international conducting
career alongside a passionate loyalty for
developing the repertoire of contemporary
and experimental music. He has established an
acclaimed partnership with the New Zealand
Symphony Orchestra since 2002 and is currently
their Associate Conductor. He has performed in
New Zealand, Australia, China, the Netherlands,
Italy, England, Germany, Austria, Switzerland,
France, Armenia and Lebanon.
Working regularly in Europe, and with all the
major orchestras in New Zealand and Australia,
McKeich performs in many musical genres,
orchestral, opera, ballet, filmscores and cross-over
projects. He has given over 100 world premieres
of new works and is also chief conductor of the
contemporary ensemble STROMA.
Initially a bassoonist, Hamish McKeich studied
conducting with legendary teacher and
pedagogue Professor Ilya Musin and also
prominent conductors Valery Gergiev, Sian
Edwards and Peter Etvs. McKeich was a finalist
of the Gergiev Festival Conductors Masterclass,
under the guidance of Professor Ilya Musin and
In 2012 Hamish McKeich was awarded a Douglas
Lilburn Trust citation for services to New Zealand
HAMISH MCKEICH Conductor, Co-Director STROMA
BIANCA ANDREWMezzo Soprano
STROMA is one of New Zealands finest
contemporary chamber ensembles, comprising
players from the NZSO and other freelance
Wellington performers. Since its inaugural concert
in 2000, STROMA has performed regularly, with
a repertoire of fresh, cutting-edge compositions.
STROMA has also been active in commissioning
new works from New Zealand composers.
Stroma has appeared at each New Zealand
Festival (of the Arts) since 2002, as well as the
International Jazz Festival 2003, the Wellington
STROMACathedral Festival 2003 and the Christchurch
Arts Festival (formerly Christchurch Festival of
the Arts 2005). They also toured for Chamber
Music New Zealand in 2004.
Critics have called STROMA "one of the most
interesting and original ensembles to have
emerged recently", describing its performances
as "vibrant and exhilarating", "stunning" and
Alongside regular guest Emma Sayers, this
particular ensemble of STROMA players also
hold prominent positions in the New Zealand
Symphony Orchestra: Associate Conductor
Hamish McKeich, Concertmaster Vesa-Matti
Leppnen, and Section Principals Patrick Barry,
Bridget Douglas, Ken Ichinose, and Andrew
Hamish McKeich STROMA Conductor/Co-DirectorBridget Douglas FlutePatrick Barry ClarinetVesa-Matti Leppnen violinAndrew Thomson violaKen Ichinose celloEmma Sayers piano
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