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The World Premiere of 21 x 21 by soprano Jenny Wollerman and concert pianist Jian Liu artfully pairs Aotearoa’s female composers and poets in 21 newly written songs celebrating the unique cultural and social kaupapa of Māori and Pākehā.

Handpicked featured composers involved are Leila Adu-Gilmore, Helen Bowater, Mere Boynton, Josie Burdon , Claire Cowan, Eve de Castro-Robinson, Rosa Elliott, Aiono Manu Fa'aea, Helen Fisher, Salina Fisher, Maria Grenfell, Leonie Holmes, Janet Jennings, Jenny McLeod, Celeste Oram, Gemma Peacocke, Tabea Squire, Deborah Wai Kapohe, Louise Webster, Dame Gillian Karawe Whitehead and Miriama Young.

The song texts include poems by Arapera Blank, Sarah Broom, Jeni Curtis, Peggy Dunstan, Lauris Edmond, Fiona Farrell, Miriama Gemmell, Dinah Hawken, Michele Leggott, Katherine Mansfield, Roma Potiki, Nina Mingya Powles, Jo Randerson and Elizabeth Smither.

21 x 21 illuminates female talent across classical music and literature.

Artist talk - Fri 25 Feb, National Library at 12:10pm

Join music writer Elizabeth Kerr in conversation with Jenny Wollerman as they discuss Jenny’s journey in bringing together Aotearoa’s finest composers for the world premiere of 21x21 at the Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts.


He reo tōiriiri, he tohunga whakatangitangi piano, ko Jenny Wollerman rāua ko Jian Liu tēnei me tā rāua whakaaturanga e kīa nei ko 21 X 21. Ka tū te tokorua nei me tētehi rōpū e 20 wahine toki toikupu. Te mana o te wahine, te mana o te kupu, te mana o te ao puoro, koina te kaupapa.


Chamber Music Series

Artistic Directors of the Adam Chamber Music Festival and members of the New Zealand String Quartet, Helene Pohl (MNZM) and Gillian Ansell (MNZM), have carefully crafted a series of out-of-the-ordinary chamber experiences specially for our Festival, reflecting on our connection to histories, land and spiritual realms. Each concert is a small but perfectly formed moment in time. Together, they traverse the delicate to monumental across the chamber music realm.

He rārangi puoro ōkawa tēnei e kī katoa ana ki ngā toki whakatangi puoroōkawa. He whakaaturanga kounga rawa atu tēnei nā Adam Chamber Music Festival i hanga, i whakahaere, ā i tēnei tau nei, e haere mai ana ngā toki o tēnei whakaaturanga ki konei, ki Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts. Ko te tāhūhū kaupapa o ngā whakaaturanga katoa nei, ko tō tatou hononga tāngaengae ki te whenua, ki ōna hītoria, otirā ki tōna wairua.


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St Andrew's on The Terrace


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Duration: 1 hr 15 mins

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