• 2017

    , Hannah Playhouse, Wellington

    New directions in indigenous musical forms — Stroma meets New Zealand's masters of taonga puoro.

    FEATURING

    Ariana Tikao (voice & taonga puoro)

    Alistair Fraser (taonga puoro)

    Hamish McKeich (conductor)

    PROGRAMME

    Philip Brownlee/Ariana Tikao Ko te tātai whetū for ensemble and taonga puoro

    Dylan Lardelli Musical Box for ensemble and taonga puoro

    Tristan Carter Tohoraha for strings & taonga puoro

    Gillian Whitehead Hineraukatauri for flute & taonga puoro

    Ariana Tikao Ka taka te mōtoi for ensemble, voice & taonga puoro

    Hirini Melbourne & Ariana Tikao Amokura for ensemble, voice & taonga puoro

    Tātai Whetū
  • 2016

    , Shed 6, Wellington

    This ground-breaking new chamber opera from Ross Harris and Vincent O’Sullivan (Requiem for the Fallen) powerfully portrays Gallipoli as both a military story and one of domestic New Zealand.

    Wives and families at home in Wellington are as much to the fore as men in uniform at the front in an innovative depiction of the 1915 battle of Chunuk Bair.

    Directed by Jonathan Alver, with award-winning tenor James Egglestone as Wellington Regiment Lieutenant-Colonel William Malone, and the score performed by Stroma New Music Ensemble conducted by Hamish McKeich, Brass Poppies offers fresh perspectives on World War I, along with music and emotional resonances that will stay with you long after the curtain falls.

    Co-produced by New Zealand Festival, Auckland Arts Festival and New Zealand Opera, with support from the Lottery Grants Board.

     

    Brass Poppies
  • 2015

    , Sacred Heart Cathedral, Wellington

    Stroma presents a major tribute to New Zealand’s most important and influential composer, Douglas Lilburn, on the day of his 100th birthday.

    Nine Echoes features nine new works written by New Zealand composers, each work responding to one of Lilburn’s Nine Short Pieces for piano, which will be played by Emma Sayers. The new pieces are as diverse as the composers themselves, who range from major figures such as Eve de Castro-Robinson and John Elmsly to talented postgraduate students such as 21-year-old Stephen Clothier.

    Nine Echoes has been funded in large part by donations from music-lovers using the crowdfunding website Boosted, as well as receiving grants from the Lilburn Trust, Wellington City Council and philanthropist Dr. Jack C. Richards. Anyone who loves Lilburn, or wants to experience new contemporary music in small, perfectly-formed bites, should attend.

    The Centre for New Zealand Music (SOUNZ) will partner with Stroma in presenting this event, and is providing a birthday cake and bubbles.

    FEATURING

    Emma Sayers (piano)

    Hamish McKeich (conductor)

    PROGRAMME

    Works by Douglas Lilburn, Eve de Castro-Robinson, John Elmsly, Michael Norris, Dorothy Ker, Salina Fisher, Sarah Ballard, Louise Webster, Glen Downie, Stephen Clothier.

    Nine Echoes

    , City Gallery Wellington, Wellington

    Stroma brings the gorgeous spaces of the City Gallery Wellington to life with reverberant sonic colour.

    Four works by NZ composers will provide 70 minutes of raw musical abandon: the world premiere of Jeroen Speak’s beguiling Eratosthene’s Sieve, a compressed concert version of Michael Norris’s Timedance, based on a deconstruction of Bach’s Suite in B minor, Alison Isadora’s quirky work for string quartet, in which the players have to operate percussion instruments with their feet, and Jack Body’s Interior, a work from 1987 for ensemble and field recordings that has never been performed before in Wellington.

    PROGRAMME

    Jeroen Speak Eratosthene’s Sieve

    Michael Norris Timedance (compressed concert version)

    Alison Isadora Point of departure

    Jack Body Interior

    INTERIORS
  • 2014

    , Sacred Heart Cathedral, Wellington

    Back by popular demand, Stroma’s sonic feast that spans the centuries.

    Bridging three millennia of music, Stroma’s own string quartet teams up again with early music specialists Kamala Bain (recorder) and Rowena Simpson (soprano) — in the beautiful surroundings of the Sacred Heart Basilica.

    Works by New Zealand composers are interleaved with arrangements of Medieval and Renaissance music from composers who truly ‘pushed the boundaries’ of music, often foreshadowing twentieth-century developments. One work is even based on the earliest known notated melody dating from 1400BC. We are also pleased to give the world premiere of a new work by Wellington composer Chris Watson.

    FEATURING

    Kamala Bain (recorders), Rowena Simpson (soprano), Vesa-Matti Leppänen, Rebecca Struthers (vn), Andrew Thomson (va), Rowan Prior (vc)

    PROGRAMME

    Works by

    Jack BODY

    Heinrich BIBER

    Simon EASTWOOD

    Johannes CICONIA

    Michael NORRIS

    Pierre DE LA RUE

    Mary BINNEY

    Christopher TYE

    Karlo MARGETIC

    Cipriano DE RORE

    Rachael MORGAN

    Maki ISHII

    Ben VAUTIER

    Anon

    and featuring a world premiere by Chris WATSON

    Four Performances:

    Wed 18 June, 6 & 8pm, St. Matthews-in-The-City, AUCKLAND

    Thu 26 June, 6 & 8pm, Sacred Heart Basilica, WELLINGTON

    The Mirror of Time 3 Performance 4

    , Sacred Heart Cathedral, Wellington

    Back by popular demand, Stroma’s sonic feast that spans the centuries.

    Bridging three millennia of music, Stroma’s own string quartet teams up again with early music specialists Kamala Bain (recorder) and Rowena Simpson (soprano) — in the beautiful surroundings of Sacred Heart Basilica.

    Works by New Zealand composers are interleaved with arrangements of Medieval and Renaissance music from composers who truly ‘pushed the boundaries’ of music, often foreshadowing twentieth-century developments. One work is even based on the earliest known notated melody dating from 1400BC. We are also pleased to give the world premiere of a new work by Wellington composer Chris Watson.

    FEATURING

    Kamala Bain (recorders), Rowena Simpson (soprano), Vesa-Matti Leppänen, Rebecca Struthers (vn), Andrew Thomson (va), Rowan Prior (vc)

    PROGRAMME

    Works by

    Jack BODY

    Heinrich BIBER

    Simon EASTWOOD

    Johannes CICONIA

    Michael NORRIS

    Pierre DE LA RUE

    Mary BINNEY

    Christopher TYE

    Karlo MARGETIC

    Cipriano DE RORE

    Rachael MORGAN

    Maki ISHII

    Ben VAUTIER

    Anon

    and featuring a world premiere by Chris WATSON

    Four Performances:

    Wed 18 June, 6 & 8pm, St. Matthews-in-The-City, AUCKLAND

    Thu 26 June, 6 & 8pm, Sacred Heart Basilica, WELLINGTON

    The Mirror of Time 3 Performance 3

    , St Matthew-in-the-City, Auckland

    Back by popular demand, Stroma’s sonic feast that spans the centuries.

    Bridging three millennia of music, Stroma’s own string quartet teams up again with early music specialists Kamala Bain (recorder) and Rowena Simpson (soprano) — in the beautiful surroundings of St Matthew-in-the-City.

    Works by New Zealand composers are interleaved with arrangements of Medieval and Renaissance music from composers who truly ‘pushed the boundaries’ of music, often foreshadowing twentieth-century developments. One work is even based on the earliest known notated melody dating from 1400BC. We are also pleased to give the world premiere of a new work by Wellington composer Chris Watson.

    FEATURING

    Kamala Bain (recorders), Rowena Simpson (soprano), Vesa-Matti Leppänen, Rebecca Struthers (vn), Andrew Thomson (va), Rowan Prior (vc)

    PROGRAMME

    Works by

    Jack BODY

    Heinrich BIBER

    Simon EASTWOOD

    Johannes CICONIA

    Michael NORRIS

    Pierre DE LA RUE

    Mary BINNEY

    Christopher TYE

    Karlo MARGETIC

    Cipriano DE RORE

    Rachael MORGAN

    Maki ISHII

    Ben VAUTIER

    Anon

    and featuring a world premiere by Chris WATSON

    Four Performances:

    Wed 18 June, 6 & 8pm, St. Matthews-in-The-City, AUCKLAND

    Thu 26 June, 6 & 8pm, Sacred Heart Basilica, WELLINGTON

    The Mirror of Time 3 Performance 2

    , St Matthew-in-the-City, Auckland

    Back by popular demand, Stroma’s sonic feast that spans the centuries.

    Bridging three millennia of music, Stroma’s own string quartet teams up again with early music specialists Kamala Bain (recorder) and Rowena Simpson (soprano) — in the beautiful surroundings of St Matthew-in-the-City.

    Works by New Zealand composers are interleaved with arrangements of Medieval and Renaissance music from composers who truly ‘pushed the boundaries’ of music, often foreshadowing twentieth-century developments. One work is even based on the earliest known notated melody dating from 1400BC. We are also pleased to give the world premiere of a new work by Wellington composer Chris Watson.

    FEATURING

    Kamala Bain (recorders), Rowena Simpson (soprano), Vesa-Matti Leppänen, Rebecca Struthers (vn), Andrew Thomson (va), Rowan Prior (vc)

    PROGRAMME

    Works by

    Jack BODY

    Heinrich BIBER

    Simon EASTWOOD

    Johannes CICONIA

    Michael NORRIS

    Pierre DE LA RUE

    Mary BINNEY

    Christopher TYE

    Karlo MARGETIC

    Cipriano DE RORE

    Rachael MORGAN

    Maki ISHII

    Ben VAUTIER

    Anon

    and featuring a world premiere by Chris WATSON

    Four Performances:

    Wed 18 June, 6 & 8pm, St. Matthews-in-The-City, AUCKLAND

    Thu 26 June, 6 & 8pm, Sacred Heart Basilica, WELLINGTON

    The Mirror of Time 3 Performance 1
  • 2013

    , Marama Hall, University of Otago

    Stroma, New Zealand’s largest and most versatile chamber ensemble, performs again in Dunedin for the first time since 2002. The programme features 5 works by NZ composers, all associated with Otago University: Anthony Ritchie (who teaches at the University), Samuel Holloway (current Mozart Fellow at the university), and Michael Norris (Dunedin-born, studied undergraduate music courses at the university, and the 2002 Mozart Fellow).

    The two works by Samuel Holloway are world premieres, written specially for this concert. Michael Norris’s Timedance is an acoustic version of a score for dance film commissioned by Dunedin-based choreographer and film-maker Daniel Belton and his Good Company Arts. This work was a finalist for the 2013 APRA/SOUNZ Contemporary Award. Rounding out the programme is the beautiful, haunting soundworld of George Crumb’s Eleven Echoes of Autumn.

    FEATURING

    Hamish McKeich (conductor)

    Bridget Douglas (flute)

    PROGRAMME

    Samuel HollowayHard Science (world premiere)

    Samuel HollowayNew work (world premiere)

    Michael NorrisTimedance (excerpts)

    Michael NorrisTre Canzoni Imperfette

    Anthony RitchieOppositions

    George CrumbEleven Echoes of Autumn

    Stroma @ Marama Hall 2013

    , Hunter Council Chamber, Wellington
    Goddess and Storyteller

    , Ilott Theatre, Wellington

    A concert of scintillating percussion from Australia’s leading percussion virtuoso.

    Australian percussion virtuoso Claire Edwardes joins Stroma, conducted by Hamish McKeich, in a concert of contrasting styles.

    This concert features a ‘micro-concerto’ by American post-minimalist Steven Mackey. Clearly influenced by jazz sonorities and with reminiscences of favourite works by John Adams (that have appeared in previous Stroma concerts), the micro-concerto promises to be an excellent introduction to Claire’s skills.

    Juxtaposed against this are works by New Zealand ex-patriates Alison Isadora and Jeroen Speak, and Australian composer Gerard Brophy. Rounding out the programme is an ear-shimmering version of Ligeti’s harpsichord classic Continuum, arranged for two marimbas.

    FEATURING

    Claire Edwardes (percussion), Hamish McKeich (conductor)

    PROGRAMME

    Steven MackeyMicro-concerto for percussion and ensemble

    György LigetiContinuum (marimba duo version)

    Gerard BrophyCoil

    Jeroen SpeakMusik für Witwen, Jungfrauen und Unschuldige

    Alison IsadoraCornish Pasty

    Event Horizon

    , St Mary's of the Angels, Wellington

    A tasting-plate of sonic morsels spanning the centuries.

    Bridging six centuries of music, Stroma’s own string quartet teams up again with early music specialists rec.sop — Kamala Bain (recorder) and Rowena Simpson (soprano) — in the beautiful surroundings of St Mary of the Angels.

    Featured is a mixture of Medieval and Renaissance composers who truly ‘pushed the boundaries’ of music, often foreshadowing twentieth-century developments. These early works back onto selected pieces from the last century that provide a spacious environment.

    We will also feature the world premiere of a new work for recorder and string quartet by Wellington composer Philip Brownlee.

    FEATURING

    Kamala Bain (recorders), Rowena Simpson (soprano), Vesa-Matti Leppänen, Rebecca Struthers (vn), Andrew Thomson (va), Rowan Prior (vc)

    PROGRAMME

    Works by

    Erik SATIE

    Jean-Féry REBEL

    John CAGE

    Josquin DES PREZ

    Thomas ADÈS

    Thomas PRESTON

    Carlo GESUALDO

    Arvo PÄRT

    Mattheo da PERUGIA

    Louis ANDRIESSEN

    FLUXUS

    and featuring a world premiere by Philip Brownlee

    The Mirror of Time 2 Performance 2

    , St Mary's of the Angels, Wellington

    A tasting-plate of sonic morsels spanning the centuries.

    Bridging six centuries of music, Stroma’s own string quartet teams up again with early music specialists rec.sop — Kamala Bain (recorder) and Rowena Simpson (soprano) — in the beautiful surroundings of St Mary of the Angels.

    Featured is a mixture of Medieval and Renaissance composers who truly ‘pushed the boundaries’ of music, often foreshadowing twentieth-century developments. These early works back onto selected pieces from the last century that provide a spacious environment.

    We will also feature the world premiere of a new work for recorder and string quartet by Wellington composer Philip Brownlee.

    FEATURING

    Kamala Bain (recorders), Rowena Simpson (soprano), Vesa-Matti Leppänen, Rebecca Struthers (vn), Andrew Thomson (va), Rowan Prior (vc)

    PROGRAMME

    Works by

    Erik SATIE

    Jean-Féry REBEL

    John CAGE

    Josquin DES PREZ

    Thomas ADÈS

    Thomas PRESTON

    Carlo GESUALDO

    Arvo PÄRT

    Mattheo da PERUGIA

    Louis ANDRIESSEN

    FLUXUS

    and featuring a world premiere by Philip Brownlee

    The Mirror of Time 2 Performance 1

    , Loft, Q Theatre, Auckland

    "Rarely have I felt so disquieted and disturbed after a concert... high praise is well deserved for this astounding performance of a work that has clearly lost none of its ability to shock even 100 years after its birth" (Simon Holden, Bachtrack.com)

    Arnold Schoenberg’s chilling, surreal classic, Pierrot Lunaire, was premiered in Berlin 100 years ago. Since then, it has entered the canon of twentieth-century works, for its unusual vocal qualities, its vivid, hallucinogenic text and shimmering, hyperexpressive music.

    After a critically acclaimed performance in Wellington in 2012, Stroma reprises the show in Auckland. Featuring rising international star MADELEINE PIERARD as Pierrot, other works on the programme include music by Schoenberg’s pupils Anton Webern (Streichtrio Op. 2) and Hanns Eisler’s Pierrot hommage, 14 Arten den Regen zu beschreiben (14 ways of depicting rain), set to Joris Ivens' minimalist film, Regen.

    "This Stroma concert will live long in the memory as a true milestone" (Garth Wilshere, Capital Times)

    FEATURING

    Madeleine Pierard (soprano)

    Hamish McKeich (conductor)

    PROGRAMME

    Hanns Eisler14 Arten den Regen zu beschreiben

    Anton WebernStreichtrio Op. 20

    Arnold SchoenbergPierrot Lunaire

    Pierrot Lunaire
  • 2012

    , Downstage Theatre, Wellington

    Wellington’s favourite bearded, looping multi-instrumentalist ADAM PAGE joins Stroma in an evening of blues-inspired works for ensemble. In this concert we'll premiere a new work of his, scored for loops and ensemble, alongside JACK BODY’s recontextualisations of blues recordings, Tribute to the Blues. Rounding out the programme is Michael Norris’s deconstruction of a Monk standard and Jacob ter Veldhuis’s funk-laden voice+video+jazz trio work Grab It!

    FEATURING

    Adam Page (saxophones & looping pedals)

    PROGRAMME

    Jack BodyTribute to the Blues

    Adam PageNew work for loops and ensemble

    Michael NorrisHeart Across Night (paraphrase on Straight No Chaser)

    Jacob ter VeldhuisGrab It!

    Blue Page (Performance 2)

    , Downstage Theatre, Wellington

    Wellington’s favourite bearded, looping multi-instrumentalist ADAM PAGE joins Stroma in an evening of blues-inspired works for ensemble. In this concert we'll premiere a new work of his, scored for loops and ensemble, alongside JACK BODY’s recontextualisations of blues recordings, Tribute to the Blues. Rounding out the programme is Michael Norris’s deconstruction of a Monk standard and Jacob ter Veldhuis’s funk-laden voice+video+jazz trio work Grab It!

    FEATURING

    Adam Page (saxophones & looping pedals)

    PROGRAMME

    Jack BodyTribute to the Blues

    Adam PageNew work for loops and ensemble

    Michael NorrisHeart Across Night (paraphrase on Straight No Chaser)

    Jacob ter VeldhuisGrab It!

    Blue Page (Performance 1)

    , Ilott Theatre, Wellington

    Arnold Schoenberg’s chilling, surreal classic, Pierrot Lunaire, was premiered in Berlin 100 years ago. Since then, it has entered the canon of twentieth-century works, for its unusual vocal qualities, its vivid, hallucinogenic text and shimmering music. Not heard in NZ in nearly twenty years, Stroma features hot young soprano MADELEINE PIERARD in the lead role. Other works on the programme include music by Schoenberg’s pupils Anton Webern (Streichtrio Op. 2) and Hanns Eisler’s Pierrot hommage, 14 Arten den Regen zu beschreiben (14 ways of depicting rain), set to Joris Ivens' minimalist film, Regen

    FEATURING

    Madeleine Pierard (soprano)

    Hamish McKeich (conductor)

    PROGRAMME

    Hanns Eisler14 Arten den Regen zu beschreiben

    Anton WebernStreichtrio Op. 20

    Arnold SchoenbergPierrot Lunaire

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    Pierrot Lunaire

    , Rangatira, Q Theatre, Auckland

    One of NZ’s leading choreographer/filmmakers, DANIEL BELTON, in collaboration with composer and Stroma’s own MICHAEL NORRIS, brings to life a major new work of dance film. Featuring live music provided by a small Stroma ensemble, TIMEDANCE is a meditation on history, memory, time and space. The music — a modern "filtration" of one of Bach’s best-loved Baroque dance suites for 2 violins, cello, piano and live electronics — shimmers with glistening energy and luminescence, while Belton’s mesmerising images flicker and flow.

    PROGRAMME

    Michael Norris & Daniel BeltonTIMEDANCE

    Jan-Bas Bollen, Jac Grenfell & Daniel BeltonSoma Songs

    TIMEDANCE (Auck performance)

    , Ilott Theatre, Wellington

    Glowing horizons, shimmering clouds, broad vistas of sound.

    Stroma is joined in a concert of landscape-themed music by ROBERTO FABBRICIANI — one of the world’s greatest flute players and collaborator with luminaries such as Berio, Maderna, Nono and Sciarrino. In his first visit to New Zealand, Fabbriciani will perform in a number of works, including the premiere of PAOLO CAVALLONE’s Horos for flute and ensemble. Cavallone will be familiar to a number of Wellingtonians after he spent the second half of 2010 lecturing composition and orchestration at the New Zealand School of Music.

    Also featured is NZer Dorothy Ker’s Water Mountain, Kaija Saariaho’s shimmering Cloud Trio and Gérard Pesson’s Nebenstück, a delicate deconstruction of a Brahms piano work.

    FEATURING

    Roberto Fabbriciani (flute)

    Hamish McKeich (conductor)

    PROGRAMME

    Gérard PessonNebenstück

    Kaija SaariahoCloud Trio

    Aldo ClementiDuetto

    Dorothy KerWater Mountain

    Salvatore SciarrinoL’orizzonte luminoso di Aton

    Paolo CavalloneHóros for flute and ensemble [WORLD PREMIERE]

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    Luminous Horizon

    , Middleton Grange School, Christchurch

    One of NZ’s leading choreographer/filmmakers, DANIEL BELTON, in collaboration with composer and Stroma’s own MICHAEL NORRIS, brings to life a major new work of dance film. Featuring live music provided by a small Stroma ensemble, TIMEDANCE is a meditation on history, memory, time and space. The music — a modern "filtration" of one of Bach’s best-loved Baroque dance suites for 2 violins, cello, piano and live electronics — shimmers with glistening energy and luminescence, while Belton’s mesmerising images flicker and flow.

    PROGRAMME

    Michael Norris & Daniel BeltonTIMEDANCE

    Jan-Bas Bollen, Jac Grenfell & Daniel BeltonSoma Songs

    TIMEDANCE (Chch performance)

    , City Gallery Wellington, Wellington
    Percussion/Action (Performance 2)

    , City Gallery Wellington, Wellington
    Percussion/Action (Performance 1)

    , Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington

    A mesmerising flurry of amplified clarinet and electronics, amidst Page Blackie Gallery’s show of Neil Dawson sculptures. Let yourself be immersed in new universes of sound.

    Featuring clarinet virtuoso Richard Haynes

    PROGRAMME

    Michael NorrisDe Corporis Fabrica [NZ PREMIERE]

    Dugal McKinnonnowdrifts [NZ PREMIERE]

    Karlheinz EsslSequitur II [NZ PREMIERE]

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    Body/Drift (Performance 4)

    , Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington

    A mesmerising flurry of amplified clarinet and electronics, amidst Page Blackie Gallery’s show of Neil Dawson sculptures. Let yourself be immersed in new universes of sound.

    Featuring clarinet virtuoso Richard Haynes

    PROGRAMME

    Michael NorrisDe Corporis Fabrica [NZ PREMIERE]

    Dugal McKinnonnowdrifts [NZ PREMIERE]

    Karlheinz EsslSequitur II [NZ PREMIERE]

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    Body/Drift (Performance 3)

    , Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington

    A mesmerising flurry of amplified clarinet and electronics, amidst Page Blackie Gallery’s show of Neil Dawson sculptures. Let yourself be immersed in new universes of sound.

    Featuring clarinet virtuoso Richard Haynes

    PROGRAMME

    Michael Norris [NZ PREMIERE]

    Dugal McKinnon [NZ PREMIERE]

    Karlheinz Essl [NZ PREMIERE]

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    Body/Drift (Performance 2)

    , Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington

    A mesmerising flurry of amplified clarinet and electronics, amidst Page Blackie Gallery’s show of Neil Dawson sculptures. Let yourself be immersed in new universes of sound.

    Featuring clarinet virtuoso Richard Haynes

    PROGRAMME

    Michael NorrisDe Corporis Fabrica [NZ PREMIERE]

    Dugal McKinnonnowdrifts [NZ PREMIERE]

    Karlheinz EsslSequitur II [NZ PREMIERE]

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    Body/Drift (Performance 1)

    , Ilott Theatre, Wellington

    Two barnstorming chamber symphonies: Schoenberg’s classic Op. 1 that defined a genre, and John Adam’s recent work "Son of Chamber Symphony". Alongside these two milestones are a smorgasbord of works by local composers, celebrating NZ Music Month: world premieres from Chris Cree Brown and Karlo Margetic, and performances of works by Dylan Lardelli and Samuel Holloway.

    PROGRAMME

    Karlo MargeticMad Scene [WORLD PREMIERE]

    Samuel HollowaySillage

    Chris Cree BrownMunted [WORLD PREMIERE]

    Dylan Lardellito give

    John AdamsSon of Chamber Symphony [NZ PREMIERE]

    Arnold SchoenbergChamber Symphony No. 1 in E major, Op. 9

    Supported by a Wellington City Council venue subsidy grant.

    Chamber of Symphonies

    , St Mary's of the Angels, Wellington
    The Mirror of Time (Performance 2)

    , St Mary's of the Angels, Wellington
    The Mirror of Time (Performance 1)
  • 2011

    , Hong Kong City Hall Theatre, Hong Kong

    FEATURING

    Peter DykesOboe

    Richard HaynesBass clarinet

    Hamish McKeichConductor

    PROGRAMME

    Iannis XenakisCharisma

    Jeroen SpeakEpeisodos (bass clarinet version)

    Michael Norrisblindsight

    Chris HungFluorescence (World premiere)

    Chan Ming-chiThe Song of Tai Chi Motion

    Luciano BerioSequenza VI

    Dylan LardelliTwo Bells

    Musicarama (Hong Kong)

    , Downstage Theatre, Wellington

    A short programme performed twice in one evening, featuring Warren Maxwell of Little Bushman & Trinity Roots. In a collaboration with leading NZ composer John Psathas, Warren presents a series of songs surrounded by the rich sonorities of Stroma’s ensemble. The concert finishes with the madcap, cartoonish antics of New York enfant terrible John Zorn’s For Your Eyes Only.

    PROGRAMME

    Warren Maxwell & John PsathasPounamu

    John ZornFor Your Eyes Only

    Pounamu (Performance 2/2)

    , Downstage Theatre, Wellington

    A short programme performed twice in one evening, featuring Warren Maxwell of Little Bushman & Trinity Roots. In a collaboration with leading NZ composer John Psathas, Warren presents a series of songs surrounded by the rich sonorities of Stroma’s ensemble. The concert finishes with the madcap, cartoonish antics of New York enfant terrible John Zorn’s For Your Eyes Only.

    PROGRAMME

    Warren Maxwell & John PsathasPounamu

    John ZornFor Your Eyes Only

    Pounamu (Performance 1/2)
  • 2010

    , Ilott Theatre, Wellington

    FEATURING

    Mark CarterTrumpet

    Richard HaynesClarinet

    PROGRAMME

    Iannis XenakisThalleïn

    Jeroen SpeakSilk Dialogue VI (NZ premiere)

    Peter ScholesRelic (World premiere)

    Alexandra HayAn Island Doesn’t Either (World premiere)

    Thomas AdèsLiving Toys (NZ premiere)

    Living Toys

    , St Andrews on the Terrace, Wellington

    FEATURING

    Bridget DouglasFlute

    Peter Dykes — Oboe

    Leonard SakofskyPercussion

    PROGRAMME

    Chris GendallRudiments

    Luciano BerioSequenza I for solo flute

    Luciano BerioSequenza VII for solo oboe

    Ross HarrisTrombone Opera

    Ross HarrisFanitullin

    Iannis XenakisCharisma

    Frederic RzewskiSong & Dance

    Frederic RzewskiTo the Earth

    Sequences
  • 2009

    , Ilott Theatre, Wellington

    FEATURING

    Jeff HendersonSaxes

    Christian WolzVoice

    Nicholas IsherwoodVoice

    PROGRAMME

    Chris GendallWax Lyrical

    Jeff HendersonUnCage my HeArt! (World premiere)

    Salvatore SciarrinoQuaderno di Strada (NZ premiere)

    Street Songs

    , Ilott Theatre, Wellington

    PROGRAMME

    Jenny McLeodCat Dreams (World premiere)

    Gillian WhitehadHineteiwaiwa (NZ premiere)

    David DownesBliss Mechanism (World premiere)

    Michael Norristesserae...interstices (NZ premiere)

    John RimmerThe Ring of Fire

    Dreams
  • 2008

    , Ilott Theatre, Wellington

    FEATURING

    Richard Haynesbass clarinet

    PROGRAMME

    Gérard GriseyPériodes

    David DownesExpulse (World premiere)

    Samuel HollowayStrange Loops (World premiere)

    Dylan LardelliFour Scenes (World premiere)

    Iannis XenakisÉchange

    Strange Loops

    , Ilott Theatre, Wellington

    FEATURING

    Pedro Carneiro (Spain/France) — percussion

    Jeremy Fitzsimons (NZ) — percussion

    PROGRAMME

    Tansy Daviesgrind show (unplugged)

    Gareth FarrDialogue

    Iannis XenakisPsappha

    Jennifer Walsheunbreakable line hinged waist

    Salvatore SciarrinoLo Spazio Inverso

    John PsathasPsyzygysm (concerto for percussion and ensemble)

    Grind Show

    , Wellington Town Hall

    A triple bill of classic Charlie Chaplin films shown on the big screen is injected with new life by maverick composer Benedict Mason’s ingenious contemporary live score, ChaplinOperas.

    Inspired by three short masterpieces, Easy Street, The Adventurer and The Immigrant, ChaplinOperas explores Chaplin’s anarchic vision through an exuberantly inventive score. A riot of voices, classical instruments, toys, a coffee grinder, pop guns, brushes, sirens and sampled sounds, this semi-operatic filmspiel is a foil to Chaplin’s humour. ChaplinOperas wittily takes the movies to new places, playing for laughs as well as on the connections between contemporary stage and silver screen.

    Benedict Mason ChaplinOperas

    ChaplinOperas
  • 2007

    , St Andrews on the Terrace, Wellington

    FEATURING

    Dylan Lardelliguitar

    Donald Nicolsonpiano/harpsichord

    PROGRAMME

    György LigetiMelodien for ensemble

    György LigetiHungarian Rock for solo harpsichord

    György LigetiContinuum for solo harpsichord

    Elliot CarterChanges for solo guitar

    Magnus LindbergEngine for ensemble

    Michael NorrisMachine Noises for solo piano

    Harrison BirtwistleCarmen Arcadiae Perpetuum Mobile for ensemble

    Mechanica — Tribute to Ligeti

    , St Andrews on the Terrace, Wellington

    FEATURING

    Richard Haynesclarinet

    Patrick Barryclarinet

    Andrew Urenbass clarinet

    Duo Stump-Linshalm (Petra Stump & Heinzpeter Linshalm)bass clarinets

    PROGRAMME

    Jorge Sanchez-ChiongTropico Transito

    Michael NorrisIcons & Artifice

    John AdamsGnarly Buttons

    Chris WatsonMandible

    Giacinto ScelsiKya

    Gnarly Buttons

    , St Andrews on the Terrace, Wellington
    Stroma at the ASIA PACIFIC FESTIVAL 2007

    FEATURING

    Richard HaynesE-flat clarinet

    PROGRAMME

    Songji Hong (Korea)Descending Flow

    Naoko Kachi (Japan)Liberation

    Nadav Ziv (Israel)Circles

    Anothai Nitibhon (Thailand)Voiceless Sketches I & II

    Christian Utz (Austria)Together/Apart

    Jeroen Speak (NZ)Epeisodos

  • 2006

    , Ilott Theatre, Wellington

    FEATURING

    Rowan PriorCello

    Richard HaynesBass clarinet

    PROGRAMME

    Karlheinz EsslEntsagung

    Alfred SchnittkeDialogue for cello and ensemble

    Helen BowaterLumen

    John YoungArriverderci

    György KürtagKroó György in Memoriam

    Sofia GubaidulinaConcordanza

    Lumen

    , St Andrews on the Terrace, Wellington

    FEATURING

    Bridget Douglasflute

    Carolyn Millsharp

    Simon Dockingpiano

    PROGRAMME

    Salvatore SciarrinoIntroduzione all‘oscuro

    Jack BodyRainforest for flute and harp (world premiere)

    Brian FerneyhoughLemma-Icon-Epigram

    Oliver KnussenCoursing

    Pierre BoulezDérive

    Icons of Our Time

    , Wellington Town Hall

    FEATURING

    Manos Achalinotopoulos (Greece) — clarinet

    Vangelis Karypis (NZ) — percussion

    PROGRAMME

    Salpinx Call

    Tzamara

    Manos AchalinotopoulosBacchic

    SeikilosSong of Seikilos

    John PsathasAbhisheka

    AchalinotopoulosSuk/Bazaar

    Christos HatzisFertility Rites I

    Christos HatzisFertility Rites II

    Percussion solo

    Manos AchalinotopoulosDoxastiko

    John PsathasMal Occhio

    Taximi Kartsigar

    Hymn to the Muse

    Zeibekiko Dance

    John PsathasMaenads

    Zeibekiko (International Festival of the Arts)
  • 2005

    , St Andrews on the Terrace, Wellington

    PROGRAMME

    Rachel Clementknitting dust

    Jeroen SpeakMusik für witwen, jungfrauen und unschuldige

    Arnold SchoenbergWind Quintet

    John AdamsChamber Symphony

    Knitting Dust

    , St Andrews on the Terrace, Wellington

    FEATURING

    Lars MlekuschSaxophones

    PROGRAMME

    Michael NorrisSplinter Cells (World premiere)

    Chris WatsonNew work for saxophone & chamber ensemble (World premiere — Wellington only)

    Dugal McKinnonUntitled (Counterfeit Readymade #1) (World premiere)

    Jacob ter VeldhuisGrab it!

    Hanspeter KyburzCells

    Bent
  • 2004

    , St Andrews on the Terrace, Wellington

    FEATURING

    Richard Nunnstaonga puoru

    Hamish McKeichbassoon

    Aroha Yates-Smithvoice

    PROGRAMME

    Brigid BisleyIn memoriam (world premiere)

    Gillian WhiteheadHine Te Kakara for bassoon, voice and taonga puoro

    Philip BrownleeTe Hau o Tawhirimatea for flute and taonga puoro (world premiere)

    Lyell CresswellCon Fuoco (world premiere)

    Patahitanga | Convergence

    , St Andrews on the Terrace, Wellington

    FEATURING

    Susan Ungviola

    Kate Linehamvoice

    PROGRAMME

    José EvangelistaÔ Bali

    Chinary Ung...Still Life after Death

    Chinary UngKhse Buon

    Alison Isadorathe little baby jesus and the bee

    John Croftmurmures secrez...Avernales eaux

    Roberto SierraCuentos

    Re:location

    , Hunter Council Chamber, Wellington

    PROGRAMME

    Yong Nan ParkRiver Bend Motion

    Heejung AhnLabyrinth

    Boknam LeeEvolution

    Chan Hae LeeColour in Colour

    Dylan LardelliPaulownia

    PROGRAMME

    George CrumbEleven echoes of autumn

    Ross HarrisAt the edge of silence (commission)

    Olivier MessiaenQuartet for the end of time

    Twentieth-century classics: CMNZ Tour

    , Wellington Town Hall

    FEATURING

    Jeff Hendersonsaxes)

    Riki Goochdrums

    David Longguitar

    PROGRAMME

    Gavin BryarsAfter the Requiem

    John AdamsChamber Symphony

    Theo LoevendieBons

    David LongCross Creek

    David DownesUtterances

    David DownesGeneration

    Howard Shore (arr. McKeich)Naked Lunch Score

    Charles ColemanRut Strut

    Velocities II
  • 2003

    , Hopetoun Alpha

    FEATURING

    Andrew Urenbass clarinet

    PROGRAMME

    Victoria KellySong for Chamber Ensemble

    Helen BowaterBanshee

    Iannis XenakisÉchange

    Liza LimThe Heart’s Ear

    Philip BrownleeSparks Among the Geysers (world premiere)

    , Hopetoun Alpha

    FEATURING

    Mark Menzies

    PROGRAMME

    Brian FerneyhoughTerrain

    Edgar VarèseOctandre

    John RimmerDe Aestibus Rerum

    Dylan LardelliFour fragments

    Richard BarrettStirrings

    John CroftSiramour

    , Wellington Cathedral

    PROGRAMME

    Ross HarrisLament

    Oliver KnussenTwo Organa

    Toru TakemitsuWater ways

    Michael NorrisScintilla

    Karlheinz Esslfour2eight

    Dugal McKinnonChrist lag in Todesbanden — mise en scène (world premiere)

    James MacmillanExsultet

    Scintillations and Exultations

    , St Andrews on the Terrace, Wellington

    FEATURING

    Ananda Sukarlanpf

    Madeleine Pierardvoice

    PROGRAMME

    Julian YuPhilopentatonia

    Gillian WhiteheadManutaki

    James Woodcrying bird, echoing star

    Liza LimDiabolical Birds

    Jack BodyIn the Curve of Song (world premiere)

    Olivier MessiaenOiseaux Exotiques

    Diabolical Birds

    , Auckland University School of Music

    PROGRAMME

    James GardnerFetish Effigies

    Gillian WhiteheadManutaki

    Philip BrownleeHarakeke

    John RimmerThe Ripple Effect

    Chris WatsonDerailleurs

  • 2002

    , Marama Hall, University of Otago

    FEATURING

    Bridget Douglasflute

    Donald Nicolsonharpsichord

    PROGRAMME

    Lachlan McKenzieFlute Quintet, Mvt I (world premiere)

    György LigetiContinuum

    György LigetiHungarian Rock

    Michael NorrisWind Shear

    Michael NorrisScintilla (world premiere)

    Jack SpeirsThree poems of Janet Frame

    György LigetiChamber Concerto

    , The Parthenon

    FEATURING

    Jordan Reynevoice

    Donald Nicolsonpiano

    Jeff Hendersonsax

    PROGRAMME

    Miriama YoungBreathing on the A Train (world premiere)

    David PriorSomewhere Submarine (NZ premiere)

    Franco DonatoniHOT! (NZ premiere)

    Victoria KellyShort Song Cycle (world premiere)

    Theo LoevendieBons (NZ premiere)

    John ZornFor Your Eyes Only (NZ premiere)

    Jazz Ain't Dead - it just smells funny!

    , Hunter Council Chamber, Wellington

    PROGRAMME

    Igor StravinskySymphonies of Wind Instruments

    Luciano Berio"Points on the curve to find..."

    Toru TakemitsuTree Line

    , Te Whaea

    FEATURING

    Hayden Chisholmsaxophone & voice

    Edward Allenhorn

    Murray Hickmanpercussion

    PROGRAMME

    Hayden ChisholmMagnificat 3 for saxophone, boy soprano, ensemble and tape (world premiere)

    Luigi CeccarelliRespiri for prepared horn and tape (NZ premiere)

    Pablo FurmanConcerto for Ensemble and Electronic Sounds (NZ premiere)

    Paul DoornbushContinuity 3 (NZ premiere)

    Tristan MurailL'esprit des dunes (NZ premiere)

    Digitalia

    , Wellington Town Hall

    FEATURING

    Strikepercussion quartet

    Pedro Carnieropercussion

    PROGRAMME

    David DownesNoise

    Don McGlashanWork Songs

    Luis TinocoEnds Meet

    John PsathasPsyzygyzm

    Frank ZappaThe Black Page #2

    Steve ReichNagoya Marimbas

    Iannis XenakisRebonds B

    Velocities

    , Ilott Theatre, Wellington

    PROGRAMME

    Arnold SchönbergVerklärte Nacht

    Anton WebernSinfonie Op. 21

    Karlheinz EsslMise en Scène

    Olga NeuwirthHooloomooloo

  • 2001

    , Ilott Theatre, Wellington

    FEATURING

    Donald Nicolsonamplified harpsichord

    Pepe Beckersoprano

    PROGRAMME

    Iannis XenakisWaarg

    Douglas LilburnWind Quintet

    Iannis XenakisNaama

    Jack SpeirsThree Poems of Janet Frame

    Iannis XenakisThallein

    In Memoriam Iannis Xenakis

    , Former National Museum Building, Buckle St

    FEATURING

    Rowan Priorcello

    Hamish McKeichcontrabassoon

    Bridget Douglasflute

    PROGRAMME

    Rachel Clementknitting dust

    Lissa Meridandevil on a wire

    Chris WatsonPiano Quintet

    James GardnerFetish Effigies

    Ross HarrisContra-Music (world premiere)

    Philip BrownleeHarakeke

    John RimmerThe Ripple Effect

    , Ilott Theatre, Wellington

    PROGRAMME

    Neville HallThe Way Time Accumulates

    John BayerAsana (world premiere)

    Karlheinz EsslEntsagung (New Zealand premiere)

    Rachel Clementknitting dust (world premiere)

    György LigetiChamber Concerto

    Ambient and atmospheric chamber music
  • 2000

    , Ilott Theatre, Wellington

    FEATURING

    Bridget Douglasflute

    Xenia Pestovapiano

    PROGRAMME

    Toru TakemitsuRain Spell (NZ premiere)

    James GardnerFetish Effigies (world premiere)

    Philip BrownleeSynonta (NZ premiere)

    György LigetiFive pieces for Wind Quintet

    Kaija SaariahoLichtbogen (NZ premiere)

    Paul BoothImpossible Colour (world premiere)

    Michael NorrisWind Shear (world premiere)

    Jenny McLeodFor Seven

    Wind, Rain & Light