Music lovers will hear chamber music masterpieces alongside the best of New Zealand composers when the Jade String Quartet performs at the Warkworth Town Hall this month.
The programme opens with selections from Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ, recognised as one of the composer’s most profound works.
Later, the audience will hear Schubert’s Death and the Maiden, which has been described as “one of the pillars of the chamber music repertoire”.
The quartet is also known for its interpretation of New Zealand music. Hence, the programme includes Peter Adams’ Proclamations, Canons and Dances and the world premiere of a new work by David Hamilton.
Members of the Auckland-based quartet have individually notched up an impressive record.
Miranda Adams (violin) has played with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and many regional orchestras. She is currently assistant concertmaster with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.
Robert Ashworth (viola) has played with the Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the Calgary Philharmonic
Orchestra. He is currently principal viola for the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.
In high demand internationally as a teacher, soloist, and chamber musician, German cellist Edith
Salzmann is a senior lecturer in music at the Auckland University and artistic director of the Pettman National Junior Academy.
Charmian Keay (violin) has played with chamber music groups such as the Southbank Sinfonia in London, the Moonshine Quartet and Korutet. She is currently violinist for the Wellington string trio, Quantum Femmes.
The concert begins at 4pm on Saturday, June 19. Tickets $35 at the door, school students free.
This concert is presented in association with Chamber Music New Zealand.