Olveston At Six

Dunedin Arts Festival

16, 17, 19 & 20 April 2021

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Olveston at Six is a series chosen by pianist Tom McGrath, who also curated the 2016 and 2018 series. It comprises four recitals, presented by some of Dunedin’s finest resident musicians, centred around Olveston’s beautiful 1908 New York Steinway grand piano. These soirée concerts follow the rich tradition of music-making in this historic stately home. The series sold out well in advance last time, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Time: 6:00pm
Duration: 50 minutes, no interval


Friday 16 April | Virtuosity Plus

Sara Lee is currently studying piano at the University of Otago with Terence Dennis. Originally from Korea, she studied in Moscow and Auckland and has performed widely, achieving success at national and international competitions. Her recital will include virtuosic works and transcriptions by Chopin, Scriabin, Kapustin, Strauss and Saint-Saëns.


Saturday 17 April | Fanny and Felix

Music by siblings and romantic composers par excellence Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel and Felix Mendelssohn will feature in a recital of delightful vocal duets and lieder sung by Tessa Romano and Göknil Meryem Biner. They will be accompanied by Tom McGrath, who will also be joined by Emily Sterk for a performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s charming and youthful Clarinet Sonata.


Monday 19 April | Cello Favourites

Cellist Heleen du Plessis and pianist Tom McGrath present a recital including Beethoven’s dramatic g minor Cello Sonata Op.5 No.2 as well as some romantic character works including a piece by Austrian pianist and composer Paul Schramm, who lived in Wellington during World War II.


Tuesday 20 April | Joie de Vivre

A programme of music celebrating the joy of life in French culture, performed by prominent local musicians Tessa Petersen, Nick Cornish and John Van Buskirk. Works by Ibert, Tailleferre, Milhaud and Eychenne encompass the Gallic gusto of country life and the bright lights of urban centres.


Full: $45 + service fees
Concession: $40 + service fees


Olveston House


17 The Octagon, Dunedin
Otago, New Zealand

PO Box 5036, Dunedin, 9058



Mon-Fri 9am - 5.30pm
Sat 10.30am - 1pm
Box office is also open one hour before shows