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Music Festival is an irresistible mix

Music Festival is an irresistible mix

Sunshine, fine wine, heritage venues and top national and international
musicians - Nelson's biennial Adam Chamber Music Festival is an irresistible

Next year's programme has just been released, with tickets on sale from
September 8 - and the early response indicates the musical directors, Helene
Pohl and Gillian Ansell from the New Zealand String Quartet, have excelled
themselves with the array of talent and the musical selection.

The festival will be opened on January 23 by the world-famous Pražák String
Quartet from the Czech Republic, performing with ensemble-in-residence, the
NZ String Quartet.

Festival Manager Roger Lloyd says the line up is impressive: "Other
international stars include London-based Australian pianist, Piers Lane,
with solo recitals and chamber works; and from Berkley, California, David
Tanenbaum, the much-acclaimed guitarist, making his New Zealand debut."

There will be a total of 42 events over 16 days, performed in the Nelson
Cathedral, the School of Music, and St John's Church, and in the Chanel Arts
Centre, Motueka, and the Church of the Sacred Heart, Takaka. There are two
Blenheim events, at the Brancott Winery and the Church of the Nativity, and
a special party at Woollaston Estates to celebrate Felix Mendelssohn's 200th
birthday and the festival's tenth anniversary.

"With music ranging from string quartets to trombone quartets, the Adam
Festival will cater for all tastes - from Bach Cantatas to Dave Dobbyn's
Slice of Heaven," Lloyd said. "We have our own best known classical musician
Michael Houstoun heading an assembly of pianists, instrumentalists and
singers - and even a guest appearance from the Wellington International
Ukulele Orchestra."

Tickets can be purchased from Everyman Records, Nelson and, for the Blenheim
concerts, from the Marlborough Centre. Up-dated information is available on
the Adam Chamber Music Festival's website at www.music.org.nz


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