NZ TRIO: CONSTELLATIONS
NZTrio presents 'Constellations.'
After a hugely successful year in 2019 as the newly reformed NZTrio, Somi Kim (piano), Amalia Hall (violin) and Ashley Brown (cello) have seen major disruptions to their 2020 calendar of events throughout the country and overseas in 2020 but have overcome this with renewed adaptability and appreciation for the live concert experience. Following a recent Chamber Music New Zealand tour of InterFusions to rave reviews, NZTrio will finish the season in December with Constellations before moving on to new repertoire for a debut album set to be released in 2021.
"It's great to be performing live again. We missed that a lot during lockdown and we've got some amazing music that we are thrilled to be sharing with everyone.” – NZTrio
NZTrio’s 2020 concert series highlights a kaleidoscope of musical and cultural influences, including a nod to Beethoven’s 250th birthday year in each concert. The final episode, Constellations, explores the spectral clusters of the cosmos, returning to Earth into the romantic embrace of Korngold.
The concert opens where it all began: Beethoven’s seminal Opus 1 No 1. Then our focus branches out to the Finnish-German-French influence in Kaija Saariaho’s spectral masterpiece Light and Sound. Staying in the brightest light, we experience the delightful return of the prizewinning Lightbox by New Zealander Karlo Margetić. The light then projects onto the silver screen in the Piano Trio by Erich Korngold, a work that bears all the hallmarks of his Austro-Hungarian upbringing, WW2-era immigration into America, and film-music career.
“One of the best concerts you will have the fortune to attend.” – Clare Martin, Radio 13
“From storming tsunami to murmuring breezes on the turn of a phrase.” – William Dart, NZ Herald
“NZTrio’s recent concert showed that they are one of the worlds outstanding musical groups, effortlessly spanning the classical and contemporary repertoire.” – John Daly-Peoples, NZ Arts Review