Classical Expressions 2023 presents

Ākarana Quartet

Monday 28 August 2023 | 7.30pm

This ensemble encompasses four distinct solo voices coming together as one in an intense, exhilarating concert to lift the spirits. The overall experience is one of rich, vibrant storytelling, connecting the key figures of European music with Aotearoa New Zealand – an opportunity for audiences to celebrate intimate music making of the highest quality from world-class musicians.

Award-winning musicians Andrew Beer, violin, and Sarah Watkins, piano (Best Classical Artist 2020, NZ Music Awards) have formed Ākarana Piano Quartet for debut performances in 2023. They will be joined by two outstanding colleagues from the APO – principal violist Robert Ashworth and sub-principal cellist Chen Cao.

Presented in conjunction with Chamber Music NZ

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Quartet no 1 in G minor, K478 I. Allegro II. Andante III. Rondo: Allegro

Frank Bridge Phantasie Quartet in F sharp minor, H94 I. Andante con moto II. Allegro vivace III. Tempo dell' introduzione: Andante con moto

Janet Jennings new commission after Paul Klee’s New Harmony

Antonín Dvořák Piano Quartet no 2 in E flat Major, op 87 I. Allegro con fuoco II. Lento III. Allegro moderato, grazioso IV. Finale: Allegro ma non troppo

Adult $35 | Student $20 | Friends of Whirinaki/Piano Club/Upper Hutt Music Society $30 | Classical Expressions Subscription $160 | Booking fees apply

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