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October 14, 2020 7:30PM—October 14, 2020 9:05PM • Glenroy Auditorium, Dunedin

Chamber Music NZ | Tales of the '20s


With players from the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra:

Jonathan Cohen | clarinet
Josh Rogan | trumpet
Ingrid Hagan | bassoon
Andrew Beer | violin
Chen Cao | cello
Sarah Watkins | piano


Vaughan Williams | Six Studies in English Folk Song
Ben Hoadley | new commission
Shostakovich | Piano Trio No. 1
Florence Price | three miniatures
Stravinsky | The Soldier’s Tale (L’Histoire du soldat)
Martinů | La revue de cuisine (The Kitchen Review)

The roaring ’20s were wild and carefree – a time of dramatic social change that also marked the beginning of the modern music era… filled with risk and adventure.

Jazz, aeroplanes, skyscrapers and the invention of the radio were exciting new developments from an extravagant decade and were certainly reflected in the innovative compositions of that time.

In the shadow of the first world war Vaughan Williams weaved folk songs that sang of a past time; Stalin was tightening his grip on Shostakovich’s Russia as the young composer penned his dramatic first piano trio; and in Paris, the mood was for dance – whether it was the Ballets Russes that so enchanted Stravinsky or the wild evenings that made their way into Martinů’s rollicking take on the tango and Charleston!

This September and October, the chamber music of a bygone era is brought to life by six outstanding performers from the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Led by concertmaster Andrew Beer, and playing alongside powerhouse of the piano, Sarah Watkins; prepare for an evening of music bursting with novelty, modernity, and a break with tradition – full of the spirit from a decade rich with contrast.

Start time

October 14, 2020 7:30PM

End time

October 14, 2020 9:05PM


Glenroy Auditorium, Dunedin


Book Here (Full Price $27–$68 | Concession Price $23–$57 | Limited $10 ‘Rush Tickets’ available)