The groundbreaking Vox Balaenae or Voice of the Whale by Pulitzer Prize and Grammy award winner George Crumb amplifies flute, cello and piano, mirroring sounds from the deep. Performed by masked players, Crumb uses innovative instrumental and vocal effects to surprise. You won’t believe your ears.

Brazilian composer Heitor Villa- Lobos’ Assobio a Jato or Jet Whistle beautifully juxtaposes the flute and cello — true to his style of combining Brazilian melodic and rhythmic elements with Western classical music.

Rounding out the programme with Bacewicz’s Violin Sonata No. 4 and Rachmaninoff’s Trio elegiaque No.1 in G minor, let yourself be swept away by the emotions of Eastern Europe.

George Crumb Voice of the Whale
Villa-Lobos Assobio a Jato (The Jet Whistle)
Grażyna Bacewicz Violin Sonata No. 4
Rachmaninoff Trio elegiaque No. 1 in G minor

Nicola Melville Piano
Andrew Beer Violin
Bridget Douglas Flute
Rolf Gjelsten Cello

Kua rongo tātou ki taua korero rā, e kore koe e whakapono ki tāu i kite ai. I konei i tēnei whakaaturanga nei, ko ō taringa kē te mea kāore e whakaponotia. Hei tā te toki nei, hei tā Pulitzer Prize, he whakakākā i ngā rongo o te moana nui, koia i kīa ai tēnei whakaaturanga, ko Te Reo o te Tohoraha.

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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