"100 Years Journey: 1919-2019" is a series of 6 concerts
performed by APO principal violist Robert Ashworth, pianist Sherry
Grant and Wellington cellist Inbal Megiddo to celebrate 5 great
people in history with new commissioned compositions by mostly NZ
composers. This Auckland/Wellington October concert series is
dedicated to the memory of John Ure (1952-2019), musician, Auckland
Philharmonia Orchestra founding member and manager. We would like
to fundraise not only to cover basic domestic concert tour costs,
but also to set up a new scholarship program, inspired by John Ure,
for young aspiring NZ arts managers and administrators.
In the three sets of different concert programmes, you can hear
many sonatas from the great solo viola repertoire and also several
new works written in 2019 for this concert series dedicated to Sir
Edmund Hillary (1919-2008), Colin McCahon (1919-1987), John Ure
(1952-2019), Anner Bylsma (1934-2019) and Toni Morrison
The concerts take place between 6-27 October 2019, in Auckland
(6 Oct Howick, 19 Oct Remuera, 27 Oct Takapuna), and Wellington
(10/12 Oct Adam Concert Room, 11 Oct St Andrews on the Terrace). On
the programme you can find old music by Bach, Schumann, Brahms, and
contemporary sonatas by Shostakovich, Rebecca Clarke (1919),
Hindemith (1919), and Bloch Suite (1919). New commissioned pieces
for this project include world premiere of Matthias Hutter's
"Nocturne oublié" (Germany), Ben Fernandez's "Summit", Carvin
Knowles' "The Diabolical Ghost", David Hamilton's "Wairere"
(Waterfall), and a piece composed for an earlier May festival
project Chris Artley's "An Anzac Reflection" in memory of NZ
Soldiers during WWI.
Violist Robert Ashworth will also be teaching a free viola
masterclass and another free cello masterclass in Wellington on 11
October morning and afternoon.
More details can be found following the links below.
6 October Howick Concert Live Excerpt (recorded by audio
engineer Franco Viganoni):
Sherry's recent project War and Peace Arts and Music Festival
(23-31 May 2019)
RNZ Concert Upbeat Interview (Sherry Grant and Milan
Milisavljević, principal violist from Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
in New York)