Olveston at Six continues the tradition of intimate chamber music concerts in the drawing room of the Theomin family home. The series presents some of Dunedin's finest professional musicians alongside guest artists from further afield.
The series is created for the festival by Tom McGrath. Since returning from Germany in 2003, he has performed as soloist and collaborative pianist throughout New Zealand. He joined the staff of the School of the Performing Arts of Otago in 2004.
Songs of lost love, war and exile
SUNDAY 16th OCTOBER
Korngold Songs of the Clown op.29
Butterworth Six Songs from a Shropshire Lad
Eisler Hollywood Songbook - selection
Schramm Vormorgen and 3 Jazz Songs
Originally from Dunedin baritone Robert Tucker has performed regularly with NZ Opera. Together with pianist Tom McGrath, he presents a programme of English and German language artsong against the backdrop of political turmoil in the first half of the 20th century. The music covers a spectrum from romanticism to cabaret and is set to texts by Housman, Shakespeare, Brecht and Toller.
Robert Tucker – baritone
Tom McGrath – piano
Oboe Quartets: Oboe and String Phantasy
TUESDAY 18th OCTOBER
J C Bach Quartet in B-Flat Major, W. B60
Mozart Quartet in F major K370
Britten Phantasy Quartet op.2
Elgar Andante and Allegro
Well known Dunedin musicians present masterpieces from the repertoire for oboe and strings by J C Bach, Mozart, contrasted with an important contribution to the genre by the young Benjamin Britten.
Nick Cornish - oboe
Rachel Barton - violin
Ben Pinkney - viola
Heleen du Plessis – cello
Love is deed, not fine phrases
WEDNESDAY 19TH OCTOBER
Music by Clara Schumann, Brahms, Mahler, Turina, Britten and Peggy Glanville-Hicks.
A recital based around a Puerto Rican proverb from internationally acclaimed Australian soprano Emma Pearson. Currently based in Wellington, she is the youngest opera singer to have ever received the honorary title of Kammersängerin. She is joined by pianist Terence Dennis.
Emma Pearson - soprano
Terence Dennis - piano
Campfire to Music Room Hearth
THURSAY 20TH OCTOBER
Dvořák Zigeunerlieder op.55
Piano Quintet in A major op.81
Dunedin musicians join forces in the fiery and heartfelt music of Dvořák, including one of the best-loved masterpieces of romantic chamber music alongside a set of his dazzling songs.
Claire Barton – mezzosoprano
Tessa Petersen & France Christian Farrow – violins
Ben Pinkney – viola
Heleen du Plessis – cello
John Van Buskiri – piano
Sun 16, Tues 18, Wed 19 & Thurs 20 Oct, 6.00pm
Olveston Historic House ♿
50 mins, no interval
plus service fees