Nau mai, haere mai, welcome to our 2024 series!

We invite you to embark on a musical journey that transcends boundaries and challenges preconceptions of classical music. “Triptych” 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.

We invite you to be part of our musical adventure where every note tells a story, and every chord resonates with the shared human experience. Thank you for joining us on this exploration of the extraordinary.

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

Benjamin Britten’s fluctuating rhythmic and harmonic textures are followed by an enigmatic exploration of reflection, identity, and transformation by Lera Auerbach. Then we embrace the sounds of Aotearoa with a new work from Chris Cree Brown, before finishing with Felix Mendelssohn’s rich and expressive Trio in D minor.

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

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

Feel the emotion of one of Felix Mendelssohn’s finest chamber works, Trio in C minor, then experience Bach’s chorales in a new light from NZ composer Reuben Jelleyman. Jennifer Higdon’s ‘Piano Trio’ paints melodic canvases with evocative harmonies, and we venture into the rich and passionate realm of Armenia with Arno Babadjanian’s passionate Trio in F-Sharp minor.

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

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

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

Starting with Fanny Mendelssohn’s magnificent ‘Trio in D minor’, we then move to the contemporary power of Joan Tower’s ‘Trio Cavany’, followed by a new commission by Kiwi composer Eva Bedggood. We conclude the musical odyssey with Ethel Smyth’s impassioned piano trio.

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


Subscriptions are on sale now for 2024 Auckland Town Hall Concert Chamber performances, and early bird tickets at Wellington’s Public Trust Hall. Single tickets will be on sale from 3 January 2024 – make sure to check your emails for reminders! Sign up for our emails here

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

Public Trust Hall, Wellington
22 May – Unquiet Dream

Public Trust Hall, Wellington
14 November – Untamed Hope

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