Heartland Classics nationwide tour

05 May 2016 / News

Our annual nationwide tour hits the road a month earlier than usual, with concerts from 31 July – 21 August in 11 centres from Waiheke Island down to Invercargill. As the title suggests, Heartland Classics will mostly take us to the smaller regional centres around the country and will also include a few places we haven’t been for a while, such as Martinborough, Howick and Waiheke Island.

Included in the programmes are quartets from those two great pillars of the Classical era, Haydn and Mozart; Schubert’s brief but intense Quartettsatz; two of Dvorak’s short Cypresses; Mendelssohn’s exuberant Quartet no 3 in D, written shortly after his wedding; and Dvorak’s American Quartet, inspired by the American landscape. We’re proud to also be presenting recent works by two of New Zealand’s most celebrated composers, Gareth Farr and Gillian Whitehead. Gareth’s Te Tai-O-Rehua describes the turbulent waters of the Tasman Sea, while Gillian’s Poroporoaki imitates the sounds of Maori instruments, which in turn imitate the sounds of nature.

Great music deserves a great setting and some of the characterful venues on our Heartland Classics tour include the intimate Tea Room at the Blue Baths in Rotorua, the equally classic Victoria Room at the Civic Theatre in Invercargill, graceful Caccia Birch House in Palmerston North, and the Hunter Council Chamber at Victoria University of Wellington. Three vineyards provide a beautiful rural setting: Cable Bay on Waiheke Island, with its stunning views of the Hauraki Gulf, the boutique Cabbage Tree Vineyard in Martinborough and Marlborough’s Cloudy Bay vineyard, home of our wonderful wine sponsors. All three vineyard concerts will offer the opportunity to combine fine wine with fine music, and at Cable Bay we’ll be presenting a dinner + concert package for the added bonus of a fine dining experience. 

As usual, we’ll take the opportunity to fit in some educational workshops and performances along the way, as part of our commitment to inspiring and nurturing the next generation of young musicians. We can’t wait to re-connect with children and teachers in South Auckland through the Sistema Aotearoa and Tironui Music Trust programmes, in an effort to support and encourage the tremendous work they do. And in the South Island we’re looking forward to introducing yet more school children to the wit and charm of Gareth Farr and Joy Cowley’s Scary Music

See the Heartlands Classics event page for more concert details.

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