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2021 At the World's Edge Festival: KAWARAU

2021 At the World's Edge Festival: KAWARAU

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  • Sun 17 Oct, 5:00pm


Queenstown Memorial Centre, 1 Memorial Drive, Queenstown


All Ages


AWE Festival

Three masterfully curated events. Three breathtaking locations. Three venues designed to capture the very beauty of sound itself. The environment nurtures us, the landscapes sway us, the mountains fuel us - but the music connects us.

Designed for the young and the old, the new to chamber music and the long-standing enthusiasts alike, the AWE 2021 Festival is about forging connections and sharing experiences, providing a new stage for classical music in our beautiful region.

Follow the journey of three exceptional composers Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms whose works intertwine throughout our three 2021 AWE Festival performances.

As well as being powerfully inspired by each other as colleagues and friends, these three men were also intertwined by their mutual love and respect for one influential, aspirational woman - Clara Wieck. A composer in her own right and highly regarded virtuoso pianist of the time, Clara was an inspiring force for creativity.

Experience classical music like never before, in a series of intimate settings that invite you to be still, be inspired, and be a part of the very music itself.


In Kawarau, Queenstown, the third and final performance will bring the trilogy to a close. Known for the adventurers and curious wanderers that answer its call, Queenstown is a place of never ending beauty, intrigue, and potential.

The third performance will take place in the Queenstown Memorial Centre, a venue eclipsed on every side by the mountains that surround it. The Kawarau River feeds from Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, though Kawarau is also the Maori name for the Remarkables Range so prominent and so staple to the Queenstown landscape.

Robert Schumann Märchenerzählungen, op.132 - I. Lebhaft, nicht zu schnell
Salina Fisher Kintsugi for piano trio
Felix Mendelssohn Lieder Ohne Worte for solo piano, op. 62 No.1 Andante expressivo
Clara Wieck Three Romances for violin and piano, op. 22
Johannes Brahms Intermezzo for solo piano in E-flat op.117
Salina Fisher mono no aware for cello and piano
Robert Schumann: Märchenerzählungen, op.132 - IV. Lebhaft, sehr markiert
Johannes Brahms String Sextet in B-flat Major op.18


Violinists: Benjamin Baker, Justine Cormack , Marike Kruup
Violists: Gillian Ansell, Alex McFarlane
Cellists: Andrew Joyce, Alexandra Partridge
Pianist: Diedre Irons (for KAWARAU)


Individual festival performances: $60 (+fees)
3-concert season pass: $150 (discount of $30)
TO BOOK SEASON PASS and receive the discount, select all three concerts for purchase and discount will be applied at checkout.


PERFORMANCE 1: MATA-AU, Rippon Hall, Wanaka, Friday October 15, 7.30pm

Felix Mendelssohn String Quartet in A minor, op.13 - I. Adagio - Allegro Vivace
Salina Fisher Yabo for Violin and Viola
Salina Fisher Mata-Au for violin, viola and cello - World Premiere
Robert Schumann: Quartet no.3 in A major, op.41 no.3 Andante espressivo - Allegro molto moderato
Felix Mendelssohn String Quintet in B-flat major, op.87

PERFORMANCE 2: CONFLUENCE, Cloudy Bay Shed, Cromwell, Saturday October 16, 7.30pm

Robert Schumann String Quartet in A minor, op.41 No.1
Felix Mendelssohn Capriccio from String quartet, Op.81 No.3
Salina Fisher Reflect for solo viola
Reena Esmail Darshan (‘seeing’) for solo violin
Felix Mendelssohn - String Quartet in A minor, op.13 - II, III, IV

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