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We are delighted to be visiting Rotorua as part of our Heartland Classics national tour, and look forward to presenting Programme 2. This will be our first concert with our new line up with 2nd violinist Monique Lapins.
The programme opens with a masterwork from the classical period – Mozart’s String Quartet No 16 in E flat, K 428. This is one of the quartets that Mozart dedicated to Haydn, and you can really hear this in the almost rustic humour of the Minuet movement!
We follow this with a piece that’s sure to become a New Zealand classic in the future: Poroporoaki by Dame Gillian Whitehead. The piece captures the qualities and characteristics of Maori musical instruments through transcribing the sounds. You might recognize a putatara (shell trumpet), poi awhiowhio (a gourd swung in the air to attract birds) and putorino (flute) amongst others.
We follow this special work with two of Dvorak’s romantic ‘Cypresses’ – love songs written by Dvorak as a young man and arranged for string quartet 22 years later, with the gorgeous melodies, harmonies and rhythms unchanged.
The second half is taken up with Mendelssohn’s joyous and energetic String Quartet in D, Opus 44 no 1. The three quartets from this Opus were written at a time of significant success for the young Mendelssohn and this sense of happiness pervades the music, even the achingly tender slow movement.
Do come and join us for this early evening concert on Wednesday 10 August at Blue Baths - we’re so looking forward to sharing this programme with you!
Mozart: String Quartet No. 16 in E flat, K.428
Gillian Whitehead: Poroporoaki
Dvorak: 2 Cypresses (#3 & #11)
Mendelssohn: String Quartet no 3 in D, op 44/1