The Theomin family were accustomed to hosting elegant and sophisticated house concerts in their magnificent home on Royal Terrace. In the Victorian period, the drawing-room became an intimate venue for recitals to which family friends, society belles and the cognoscenti were invited.
Olveston at Six opens the doors of the drawing-room again for a series of early evening recitals, each commencing at 6 pm. Duration 1 hr.
Olveston At Six - Presented in association with Dunedin Arts Festival
Olveston at Six is a series chosen by pianist Tom McGrath, who also curated the 2016 and 2018 series.
It comprises four recitals, presented by some of Dunedin’s finest resident musicians, centred around Olveston’s beautiful 1908 New York Steinway grand piano. These soirée concerts follow the rich tradition of music-making in this historic stately home. The series sold out well in advance last time, so book early to avoid disappointment.
Fri 16th April - Virtuosity Plus
Sara Lee is currently studying piano at the University of Otago with Terence Dennis. Originally from Korea, she studied in Moscow and Auckland and has performed widely, achieving success at national and international competitions. Her recital will include virtuosic works and transcriptions by Chopin, Scriabin, Kapustin, Strauss and Saint-Saëns.
Sat 17th April - Fanny and Felix
Music by siblings and romantic composers par excellence Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel and Felix Mendelssohn will feature in a recital of delightful vocal duets and lieder sung by Tessa Romano and Göknil Meryem Biner. They will be accompanied by Tom McGrath, who will also be joined by Emily Sterk for a performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s charming and youthful Clarinet Sonata.
Mon 19th April - Cello Favourites
Cellist Heleen du Plessis and pianist Tom McGrath present a recital including Beethoven’s dramatic G minor Cello Sonata Op.5 No.2 as well as some romantic character works including a piece by Austrian pianist and composer Paul Schramm, who lived in Wellington during World War II.
Tue 20th April - Joie de Vivre
A programme of music performed by prominent local musicians Tessa Petersen, Nick Cornish and John Van Buskirk. Works by Ibert, Tailleferre, Milhaud and Eychenne; Joie de Vivre, the joy of life found in French culture encompasses the Gallic gusto of country life and the bright lights in its urban centres. The French music heard in this concert will invite your hearts to celebrate this spirit.