NOCTURNES

with Jian Liu

ABOUT

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.

PROGRAMME

Gillian WHITEHEAD
Lullaby for Matthew

John FIELD
Nocturne No 6 “Cradle Song”

CHOPIN
Nocturne in F-sharp Major, Op 15, No 2

Leonie HOLMES
Nocturne for Piano

GRIEG
Notturno, Op 54, No 4

Alexandre TANSMAN
Four Nocturnes

RESPIGHI
Nocturne from Six Piano Pieces, R44

Lowell LIEBERMANN
Nocturne

POULENC
Nocturne No 1

BRITTEN
Notturno

WIECK-SCHUMANN
Nocturne, Op 6, No 2

SCHUMANN
In der Nacht, from Fantasiestücke, Op 12

BARTÓK
‘The Night’s Music’, from Out of Doors

JOIO
Nocturne in E Major

BARBER
Nocturne, Op 33

LISZT
Nocturne No 3 from Liebesträume

Programme notes by Hamish Robb
Senior Lecturer in Musicology at Te Herenga Waka
Victoria University of Wellington

THE MUSICIANS

Jian Liu piano

MEDIA

INFORMATION

TOUR DATES
7 – 21 April 2021

DURATION
92 minutes including an interval

LOCATIONS
Palmerston North, New Plymouth, Hamilton, Napier, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Invercargill, Dunedin & Auckland

PRICE RANGE*
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.

GENRE
Contemporary, Classical, Romantic

ACCESS AND INCLUSION

As part of our commitment to inclusion and easy access to our activities, we’ve made the concert programme available as an audio file.

Listen to an audio version of the programme booklet for Nocturnes.

WHEN AND WHERE

PALMERSTON NORTH

Wed 7 Apr at 7.30pm

The Globe

NEW PLYMOUTH

Thu 8 Apr at 7.30pm

TSB Showplace

HAMILTON

Sat 10 Apr at 7.30pm

Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts

NAPIER

Mon 12 Apr at 7.30pm

MTG Century Theatre

WELLINGTON

Wed 14 Apr at 7.30pm

Public Trust Hall

NELSON

Thu 15 Apr at 7.30pm

Nelson Centre for Musical Arts

CHRISTCHURCH

Fri 16 Apr at 7.30pm

The Piano

INVERCARGILL

Sun 18 Apr at 5.00pm

Civic Theatre

DUNEDIN

Mon 19 Apr at 7.30pm

Glenroy Auditorium

AUCKLAND

Wed 21 Apr at 7.30pm

Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall