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“War and Peace” Centenary Commemoration Viola Recital (1919-2019)

May 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm




The Wallace Arts Trust is proud to present an autumn season of jazz and classical featuring international and local performers. There is something for everyone in this exciting and varied line-up of five events…

“War and Peace” Centenary Commemoration Viola Recital (1919-2019)
with Milan Milisavljević and Sherry Grant

Thursday 23 May, 6:30-8:30pm
Tickets: Adult $50, Child/Student/Senior $40

Grant’s Arts and Music Festival proudly presents “War and Peace” Centenary Commemoration series of three viola recitals, featuring Milan Milisavljević and Sherry Grant. The Festival opens with the viola recital at the Pah Homestead.

The programme for this viola recital
Arvo Pärt: Fratres
Rebecca Clarke: Viola Sonata (1919)
Peter Byron-Smith: What Goes Around Comes Around
Chris Artley: (newly commissioned work, title to be confirmed)
Paul Hindemith: Viola Sonata, Op.11, No.4 (1919)
Richard Dubugnon: Lied

Other concerts performed by NZ musicians during this festival are Purely Chinese, Just Jazz, Simply Woodwind, Mostly Strings, and Voice Only. The “War and Peace” art exhibition will be held at the Metropolis Museum daily 10am-4pm on 25-31 May 2019, with a combination of visual arts, sculptures, photography, poetry, calligraphy inspired by the theme and created by NZ, Chinese and other international artists.

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Tickets: Adult $50, Child/Student/Senior $40
Daily art exhibition at Metropolis Museum $5 entry (door sale, cash/EFTPOS)
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Sherry Grant
Sherry Grant is a classically trained pianist and cellist. Originally from Taiwan, she studied cello performance and piano accompanying at the School of Music at Auckland University in New Zealand and later at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, United Kingdom. She also holds a teaching diploma, and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. She was the event coordinator of the first Auckland Linux Installfest at Auckland University in 2002.

Currently she is a freelance musician and works at the National Junior Pettman Academy, coaching chamber music and is one of their official accompanists. She has four kids who all play music and are frequent prize winners at local music competitions.

Dr Milan Milisavljević
Widely considered one of the leading violists of today, Milan Milisavljević is Principal Viola with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. His performances combine intense expression with an immediate and profound link to his listeners and have won much critical acclaim. Milan previously served as Assistant Principal of the MET for twelve years. In addition, he is a former member of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and has served as guest Principal Viola of many orchestras, such as the Toronto Symphony.

The Strad magazine has described his playing as “very imaginative, with a fine, cultured tone.” Milan’s solo album Sonata-Song, published by Delos Music, has received glowing reviews, with the recording of A. Khachaturian’s solo sonata on the album hailed as “definitive”. He has won prizes at competitions such as ARD, Lionel Tertis and Aspen Lower Strings and has performed at Marlboro, Cascade Head, Lake Tahoe, Agassiz and Grand Teton music festivals. Milan has appeared as soloist throughout the world, with orchestras such as the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Belgrade Philharmonic, Aspen Sinfonia, Classical Tahoe, Orquesta Filarmónica de Boca del Río and many others.

Milan started playing the violin at a very young age in his native Serbia. Having immigrated to Canada, he studied violin with Vladimir Landsman and viola with Jutta Puchhammer in Montreal. Milan plays a viola made by Joseph Curtin of Ann Arbor, Michigan.


In association with Grant’s Arts and Music Festival, NZ Music Month and WW100


May 23
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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