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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

    & STROMA

    Presented in association with

    Core FunderTour Partner

    Supporting 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


    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

    association with

  • 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.

    2 Chamber Music New Zealand

    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.




  • 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

    Valery Gergiev.

    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

    "staggeringly fine".

    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

  • 6 Chamber Music New Zealand

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    What excites me most about the brand refresh is that its a good example of Aotearoa/New Zealand growing up, says VOICEs Principal Jonathan Sagar. Featuring the two languages side by side, with neither as the lead language, thats a true partnership which is as it should be. Find out more about this spec