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Hine-pū-te-hue celebrates the fusion of taonga pūoro (Māori musical instruments) and string quartet, marking the 20th anniversary of the first ever composition that combines these instruments by Dame Gillian Whitehead.

Premiering prior to this seminal work and also commissioned by the Festival is a new piece for the same instrumentation by pūoro specialists Philip Brownlee (Te Atiawa, Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāti Toa Rangatira) and award winning waiata writer/singer Ariana Tikao (Kāi Tahu).

And finally rediscover the neglected genius of American late Romantic composer Amy Beach, a prodigy and groundbreaking musician. Her hyper-Romantic piano quintet is full of lush textures, lyrical writing and a range of expressive moods.

Philip Brownlee and Ariana Tikao Manaaki
Gillian Whitehead Hine-pū-te-hue
Amy Beach Piano Quintet, Op. 67

There is a post-show artist talk with composers Dame Gillian Whitehead and Philip Brownlee.

He whakaaturanga tēnei nā Dame Whitehead, ko Hine-pū-te-hue te ingoa, he mea whakaranu tēnei i ngā puoro māori tawhito ngā puoro rakuraku o te ao Pākehā.

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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