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Composer Connections: NZSQ with Stephen De Pledge


Mon 18 May 2015, 7:30pm–9:20pm

Where: Civic Theatre, 88 Tay St, Invercargill, Southland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Child: $10.00
  • Student Rush: $15.00
  • Adult: $45.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: CMNZ

"We are blessed as a quartet to have a continuous stream of brilliant works from such contemporary masters as Ross to add to our rich body of repertoire. We look forward to collaborating with the superlative Stephen De Pledge on the new Piano Quintet, and to sharing this great music with our audiences!" New Zealand String Quartet

Celebrate our musical cultural heritage with a journey of discovery through collaboration, innovation and inspiration. Witness the special connection between composer and performer and the evolving process of composition through to performance.

As part of Chamber Music New Zealand’s Our Music Composer Connections tour during New Zealand Music Month this concert features the New Zealand String Quartet with Stephen De Pledge performing a programme specially curated by New Zealand composer Ross Harris with the ensemble in mind, showcasing music that deeply influences him.

Ross Harris on curating…
"When given the privilege of curating a programme including two of my own pieces I chose Mozart and Shostakovich. Why? In their late works they both exhibit mastery of form, clarity of thought and, perhaps most interesting to me, an apparent ease with which their intricate counterpoint and motivic development unfolds. Although quite different circumstances surrounded the creation of their musical worlds, their works are reveal a profoundly moving fusion of emotion and technique."


Bach | Aria and selected Goldberg Variations BWV 988
Ross Harris | Variation 25 (String Quartet No 4)
Mozart | String Quartet No 22 in Bb K 589
Ross Harris | Piano Quintet (commissioned by Peter and Carolyn Diessl)
Shostakovich | String Quartet No 9