10:30am Tuesday 15 March

VENUE: Cedarwood, 17 Parata St, Waikanae
Pay at the door. No pre-sales.


Aroha String Quartet with
Rachel Vernon (clarinet)

“The Aroha Quartet made the most of all the effects and
beauties of the four movements, with many telling contrasts of
dynamics and articulation impressively communicated.”
(Tim Jones – Christchurch)


Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A, K581
Piazzolla: Oblivion
Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Opus 115

Aroha Quartet with Rachel Vernon

L – R:  Robert Ibell, Haihong Liu, Anne Loeser, Rachel Vernon, Zhongxian Jin

Rescheduled from 2021. Please note the unusual time and venue.

The Aroha String Quartet is always a very welcome addition to our season. 

An integral part of the country’s musical scene since 2004, this versatile quartet is known for its passionate musicality, impressive technique and multicultural innovation. Haihong Liu and Zhongxian Jin, original members of the Quartet, were joined by Robert Ibell in 2009 and Konstanze Artmann in 2018. However, Anne Loeser will be replacing Konstanze Artmann this year as second violinist.

As well as the standard quartet repertoire, they enjoy adding traditional Chinese music and New Zealand works to their programmes.

For this concert they venture further afield to South America to present a work by the 20th century Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla.  A virtuoso on the bandoneon (a type of accordian), Piazzolla created a new tango style that blended elements of jazz, tango and classical music.  We will hear one of his most famous works – Oblivion, arranged for clarinet and string quartet.   

Aroha frequently combines with other musicians to present works for larger ensembles and for this concert they welcome NZSO clarinettist Rachel Vernon to present two of the greatest clarinet quintets ever written – by Mozart and Brahms. Mozart’s Quintet is a timeless musical masterpiece, and as the first composition ever written for this combination it has inspired many composers including Brahms. Brahms was in the twilight of his career when he composed his masterwork which contains some of the most exquisitely beautiful musical lines and colours of any chamber work ever composed.