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100 Years Journey: 1919-2019

This 6-concert tour is created to commemorate the 100 years since the year after end of WWI as well as pay musical tributes to NZ mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary (1919-2008), NZ artist Colin McCahon (1919-1987), NZ APO founding member John Ure (1952-2019), Dutch cellist Anner Bylsma (1934-2019) and American novelist/Nobel Literature Laureate Toni Morrison (1931-2019), with world premieres of newly commissioned compositions by David Hamilton, Ben Fernandez and German composer Matthias Hutter.

APO principal violist Robert Ashworth joins pianist Sherry Grant to present 3 different programmes on this Auckland/Wellington tour throughout October 2019, including two Bach/Brahms chamber concerts.

Auckland (7-9pm) 
6 Oct: All Saints Church, Howick (Viola1) 
19 Oct: St Luke’s Church, Remuera (Chamber) 
27 Oct: St George’s Church, Takapuna (Viola2)

Wellington (7-9pm) 
10 Oct: Adam Chamber Room, Victoria University (Chamber) 
11 Oct: Free Viola Masterclass, St Andrews on the Terrace (9am-12:30pm) 
11 Oct: St Andrews on the Terrace (Viola1) 
12 Oct: Adam Chamber Room, Victoria University (Viola2)

The programmes are:

* Viola recital 1: 
-Robert Schumann: Märchenbilder 
-Johannes Brahms: Viola Sonata, Op.120, No.2 in Eb 
-Matthias Hutter: Nocturne oublié (2019, Germany) in memory of American author/Nobel Literature Laureate/Pulitzer Winner Toni Morrison (1931-2019) 
-Dmitri Shostakovich: Viola Sonata, Op.147 
-Ben Fernandez: Summit (2019, NZ) in memory of NZ Mountaineer/Explorer/Philanthropist Sir Edmund Hillary (1919-2008)

* Viola Recital 2: 
-Rebecca Clarke: Viola Sonata (1919) 
-Paul Hindemith: Viola Sonata, Op.11, No.4 (1919) 
-David Hamilton: Wairere (Waterfall) (2019, NZ) in memory of NZ artist Colin McCahon (1919-1987) 
-Ernest Bloch: Suite (1919) 
-Chris Artley: An Anzac Reflection (2019, NZ) in honour of all NZ soldiers

* Chamber Recital (subject to change):
-J.S.Bach: Solo Cello Suite (TBC)
-Johannes Brahms: Viola Sonata, Op.120, No.1
-J.S. Bach: Gamba Sonata, No.1
-Johannes Brahms: Piano Trio, Op.114
-Carvin Knowles: Der Dybbuk Doina