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10 April 2019 / News
You don’t have long to wait now before our 2019 National Tour! In June and July we’re coming to some of the country’s loveliest historic and modern venues, so be in quick to secure your spot for a warming mid-winter experience.
This year we’re presenting two programmes of music that will transport you from the 18th to 21st centuries. The music we’ve carefully selected by Mozart, Haydn, Ravel, Dvořák, Janáček, Shostakovich, and Chinese composer Gao Ping is brimming with luscious melodies and exhilarating rhythms – and we’ll introduce you to a few of the intriguing narratives behind the music. Iconic Czech composer Leoš Janáček String Quartet No. 1, which appears on Programme One, is subtitled “Kreutzer Sonata” after Russian writer Leo Tolstoy’s novella of the same name. The music narrates this murderous tale – banned by Russian authorities upon its first publication in 1889 – about love and envy. For French composer Maurice Ravel, whose String Quartet we’ll perform on programme two, 1889 also proved a significant year. At the Paris World Fair that year, Ravel first heard Javanese Gamelan. The exotic, evocative sonorities of the gong ensemble entranced him and inspired his own writing.
Not only is there plenty on our musical menu to whet your appetite, our vineyard performances at Cloudy Bay (Blenheim), Church Road (Napier), and Cable Bay (Waiheke Island) will also provide the perfect excuse to relish in fine music with fine wine. To discover more and to book tickets, view here.
12 December 2020 / NewsIt’s always a pleasure to have the chance to chat with our audiences at concerts and this month we’re delighted to be catching up with some familiar faces in the NZSQ community. We asked long-time Wellington-based supporters Rowena Cullen and Paul Oliver three questions about their experiences with the NZSQ. Read More
17 October 2019 / NewsRight now, we’re in Vienna, where we’re performing TONIGHT with fellow NZ-based cellist Martin Rummel. It’s our first time performing in this chamber music haven, and the ideal opportunity to pay homage to Viennese composer Franz Schubert with his String Quintet in C Major - not to mention place music... Read More
17 October 2019 / NewsAfter a decade of service, Emeritus Professor Gary Hawke stepped down as the NZSQ Trust’s Chair earlier this month. Gary made an immense and valuable contribution to the NZSQ throughout his term and to celebrate the end of an era, we asked him to share some highlights of the past... Read More