Music Alive for Saturday 19 May 2018
3.00pm 'Glow' - NZTrio: Justine Cormack (violin), Ashley Brown (cello), Sarah Watkins (piano)
A concert in NZTrio's Loft Series at Q Theatre in Auckland.
They've called it 'Glow'. This links it to the Chinese harvest festival at the full moon midway through the northern hemisphere autumn. Or our spring. This concert takes place in late September 2016.
There are two works with Chinese connections – works by Zhou Long and Gao Ping. The one by Gao features the guzheng, a Chinese zither, which will be played by NZTrio's special guest Xia Jing.
Xia Jiang is one of the most accomplished young guzheng players in the world. She's based at the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing and as well as her work in traditional Chinese music, she's also performed with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Beijing Symphony Orchestras.
In between those two works, and connecting to the Glow theme in a different way, is a new work by Gareth Farr called Forbidden Colours.
The programme ends with the sorrowful, but in its own way glowing, Elegiac Trio No 2 by Rachmaninov, written in dedication to Tchaikovsky on his death.
7.30pm John Chen (piano), Auckland Chamber Orchestra/Peter Scholes
VASKS: Viatore; SHOSTAKOVICH: Piano Concerto No 1 in C minor Op 35; COPLAND: Quiet City; BRITTEN: Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge (recorded in Raye Freedman Centre, Auckland by RNZ)