Nau mai, haere mai, welcome to 2024!

Hamilton Arts Festival

Force Of Nature:
Celebrating 100 Years Of Forest & Bird

This gorgeous, rejuvenating performance of Aotearoa New Zealand chamber music, presented with dynamic visual effects, celebrates the vital conservation work of Forest & Bird, reminding us all of the precious beauty of our whenua, moana, flora and fauna.

23 February 7pm
Hamilton Gardens

The concert features some of Aotearoa’s most accomplished musicians – the NZ Trio (Somi Kim – piano, Ashley Brown – cello, Amalia Hall – violin) performing with Rob Thorne – Taonga Pūoro, Peter Scholes – clarinet, Bridget Douglas – flute and Yoshiko Tsuruta – percussion.

The innovative and stunning music has been written by leading composers and is presented in concert with the support of atmospheric visual design by David Eversfield from Optic Shock, capturing unique environments and native species, both on land and in the sea.

“[A] landmark concert demonstrating the abilities of our contemporary composers.” – NZ Arts Review

2024 SERIES - TRIPTYCH

Join us for our 2024 Series – Triptych. This series celebrates discovery, curiosity, reflection, and pure joy. As musicians, our aim is to create a space where emotions run deep, and the boundaries between composer, performer and audience blur, fostering an unforgettable and immersive journey.

TRIPTYCH 1 – UNQUIET DREAM

Benjamin Britten | Introduction and Allegro for piano trio
Lera Auerbach | Trio No. 2 Triptych – This Mirror Has Three Faces
Chris Cree Brown | New Work
Felix Mendelssohn | Trio in D minor Op. 49

Triptych 1 will be performed with guest pianist Sarah Watkins

5 May – Thames
15 May – Tauranga
16 May – Rotorua
17 May – Hamilton
19 May – Auckland

22 May – Wellington
23 May – Martinborough
24 May – Palmerston North
26 May – Havelock North

TRIPTYCH 2 – UNTRODDEN WAYS

Felix Mendelssohn | Trio in C minor Op. 66
Reuben Jelleyman / J.S. Bach | Büchlein Reimaginings (selections)
Jennifer Higdon | Piano Trio
Arno Babadjanian | Trio in F-Sharp minor

14 September – Manurewa
15 September – Whitianga
18 September – Auckland

22 September – Greytown
4 October – Adelaide
5 October – Melbourne

TRIPTYCH 3 – UNTAMED HOPE

Fanny Mendelssohn | Trio in D minor
Joan Tower | Trio Cavany
Eva Bedggood | New Work (commissioned by Christopher’s Classics) 
Ethel Smyth | Trio in D minor

10 October – Christchurch
11 October – Motueka
12 October – Nelson
18 October – Kerikeri
19 October – Whangārei

20 October – Warkworth
3 November – Waiheke
14 November – Wellington
15 November – Whanganui
17 November – Auckland

2024 SERIES AUCKLAND SUBSCRIPTION

Subscriptions are on sale now for 2024 Auckland Town Hall Concert Chamber performances. Book for all three concerts and save! Adult and Student subscriptions available.

Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall
19 May – 18 September – 17 November

Visit our events page to see when we’ll be near you.


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