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APO Violins play Bach

17 Jul 2020
Friday 17 July, 7.30pm
Six Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra violinists perform Bach's Sonatas and Partitas at the Wallace Arts Centre, Pah Homestead
Event type: 
Live event, Music
$25 General Admission, $15 Concession
The Wallace Arts Centre, Pah Homestead
72 Hillsborough Rd Hillsborough Auckland



Friday 17 July, 7.30pm
Tickets $25 / $15

Join us for a very special evening of solo Bach Sonatas and Partitas each performed by a violinist from the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience first-hand, in the intimate setting of the beautiful Pah Homestead, six of New Zealand’s finest world class professional violinists play this famous and significant Bach series.

After the forced break in performing, these six musicians have greatly missed playing live and are keen to put their consummate talent to the technical challenges of Bach’s series. We thank them for generously volunteering their time and expertise for this concert. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the APO Orchestra Relief Fund.

Tickets include a glass of wine during the interval.


The sonatas and partitas for solo violin are a set of six works composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, consisting of three sonatas da chiesa in four movements and three partitas in dance-form movements. The Sei Solo a Violino senza Basso accompagnato (Six Solos for Violin Without Bass Accompaniment), as Bach titled them, firmly established the technical capability of the violin as a solo instrument.

The set was completed by 1720 but was not published until 1802 by Nikolaus Simrock in Bonn. Even after publication, it was largely ignored until the celebrated violinist Joseph Joachim started performing these works. The second Partita is widely known for its Chaconne, considered one of the most masterful and expressive works ever written for solo violin.

Today, Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas are an essential part of the violin repertoire, and they are frequently performed and recorded.


  • Liuyi Retallick: G minor sonata
  • Rachel Moody: B minor partita
  • Lauren Bennett: A minor sonata
  • Andrew Beer: D minor partita
  • Yanghe Yu: C major sonata
  • Yuri Cho: E major partita

Written by

Wallace Arts Trust

27 Jun 2020

Located in the historic Pah Homestead in Monte Cecilia Park, Hillsborough, the TSB Wallace Arts Centre opened to the public in August 2010.