with Jian Liu
“Oh, how I wish I could make those who see my work feel the splendours and terrors of the night! One ought to be able to make people hear the songs, the silences, and murmurings of the air. They should feel the infinite.” ― Jean-François Millet
As day gives way to night, pulling a blanket of stars across the vast black sky, it invites you to lean in and listen closely. As your senses are dimmed by the growing darkness, listen… can you hear it?
NOCTURNES is an evocative collection of night-songs for the piano, played by internationally celebrated concert pianist, chamber musician and educator Professor Jian Liu. Journey through a dreamscape of lilting lullabies and cradlesongs alongside night-music of mystery and mischief. Beloved nocturnes by Chopin and Liszt light the way for other gems in an intimate evening that celebrates the purity and power of solo piano.
Hear the songs, the silences, the murmurings. Feel the infinite.
Lullaby for Matthew
Nocturne No 6 “Cradle Song”
Nocturne in F-sharp Major, Op 15, No 2
Nocturne for Piano
Notturno, Op 54, No 4
Nocturne from Six Piano Pieces, R44
Nocturne No 1
Nocturne, Op 6, No 2
In der Nacht, from Fantasiestücke, Op 12
‘The Night’s Music’, from Out of Doors
Nocturne in E Major
Nocturne, Op 33
Nocturne No 3 from Liebesträume
Programme notes by Hamish Robb
Senior Lecturer in Musicology at Te Herenga Waka
Victoria University of Wellington
Jian Liu piano
7 – 21 April 2021
92 minutes including an interval
Palmerston North, New Plymouth, Hamilton, Napier, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Invercargill, Dunedin & Auckland
Full Price $34 to $64
Concession Price $24 to $59
Limited $10 ‘Rush Tickets’ available
*prices differ city to city and exclude ticketing and booking fees.
Contemporary, Classical, Romantic
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Wed 7 Apr at 7.30pm
Thu 8 Apr at 7.30pm
Sat 10 Apr at 7.30pm
Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts
Mon 12 Apr at 7.30pm
MTG Century Theatre
Wed 14 Apr at 7.30pm
Public Trust Hall
Thu 15 Apr at 7.30pm
Nelson Centre for Musical Arts
Fri 16 Apr at 7.30pm
Sun 18 Apr at 5.00pm
Mon 19 Apr at 7.30pm
Wed 21 Apr at 7.30pm
Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall