We’re thrilled to present this year’s Auckland subscription series Dramatic Skies: As the name suggests, the series leads us through intense emotional contrasts, from sweetness and light to drama and darkness.
We’re thrilled to present this year’s Auckland subscription series Dramatic Skies:
As the name suggests, the series leads us through intense emotional contrasts, from sweetness and light to drama and darkness. The bookends – two Rachmaninoff piano trios, both named élégiaque – indicate the powerful emotional journey within the series.
Each concert presents works from overseas and, like the clouds in the title, some are bright and billowy like familiar shapes passing by while others are dark, brooding and portentous. These globe-drifters gather around the lofty peaks of Aotearoa’s musical landscape. There are two Kiwi works at the heart of each concert, a brand new commission and an older favourite.
Dramatic Skies 3: Cirrus – Sunday, December 12th, 5pm
Tickets $50 Adult / $25 Student
10% discount for SOUNZ members
Schubert: Sonatensatz, D. 28
Clement: shifting states
Panufnik: Piano Trio Op. 1
Whitehead: tba (new commission)
Rachmaninoff: Trio élégiaque No. 2 in D minor, Op. 9
Cirrus sweeps us into the heights of Schubert’s musical charm, shifting us into Rachel Clement’s glassmaking inspired sound world. Through passionate mood changes and luscious melodies reminiscent of the late French Romantics, Panufnik’s piano trio takes us into the depths of the nebulous glow of the clouds of Aotearoa in our new commission by Gillian Whitehead. Rachmaninoff’s masterpiece reflects on the huge journey of the whole series and brings the year to a dramatic close with a sense of pathos and heightened emotion.
Duration 1.5 hours, plus interval followed by complimentary refreshments in the lounge.
(Sunday) 5:00 pm
Auckland Town Hall Concert Chamber
Programme notes pending