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May 30, 2019 7:30PM—May 30, 2019 9:00PM • Hannah Playhouse, Wellington

STROMA | Where Sea Meets Sky


Hamish McKeich | conductor
Anna van der Zee | violin
Megan Molina | violin
Emma Barron | viola
Robert Ibell | cello
Bridget Douglas | flute, bass flute
Patrick Barry | clarinet
Mark Carter | trumpet
Matthew Stein | trumpet
Sam Jacobs | horn
Julian Leslie | horn
David Bremner | trombone
Shannon Pittaway | trombone
Carolyn Mills | harp
Kirsten Robertson | piano
Thomas Guldborg | percussion

Tristan Murail (FRANCE) | 13 Couleurs du Soleil Couchant
Anna Thorvaldsdottir (ICELAND) | Reflections
Eve de Castro-Robinson (NZ) | Pearls of the Sea
John Rimmer (NZ) | Where Sea Meets Sky 2
Ingram Marshall (US) | Fog tropes
Deirdre Gribbin (IRELAND) | what the whaleship saw

An evocative evening of chamber music evoking the sea and sky. Sometimes quiet and contemplative, sometimes tempestuous and stormy, Stroma performs six works from around the world which are inspired by the natural environment. The concert also celebrates the iconic works of one of New Zealand’s most experienced, senior composers, John Rimmer, who celebrates his 80th birthday in 2019. Rimmer’s piece, Where Sea Meets Sky 2, originally written in 1975, was inspired by a trans-Tasman plane journey, in which the composer was entranced by the qualities of light and play when looking out of his window at the horizon of the Tasman Sea. Deirdre Gribbin's dark and mesmerising string quartet, What the Whaleship Saw, is based on the gruesome story of survival and cannibalism amongst the crew of the Nantucket whaler, the Essex, after it was wrecked by a whale. Also featured is the iconic brass work Fog Tropes by Ingram Marshall, which featured in the soundtrack to the feature film Shutter Island. Other works in the concert include the luminous shades of 13 Couleurs du Soleil Couchant (13 Colours of the Setting Sun) by Tristan Murail, the hypnotic minimalism of Reflections by young Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir, and the evocative bass flute and harp work Pearls of the Sea by Eve de Castro-Robinson.

There will be a pre-concert talk with composer John Rimmer at 6.45pm.

Start time

May 30, 2019 7:30PM

End time

May 30, 2019 9:00PM


Hannah Playhouse, Wellington
12 Cambridge Terrace


Tickets $20-$30