Supported by generous help from the Turnovsky Endowment Trust

Michael Houstoun’s gala welcome to the new Fazioli at Waikanae

By , 30/01/2011

For a long time, pianists and some of the audiences at the Waikanae Music Society’s concerts had been a little dissatisfied with the piano, given the character of the concert space, a large multi-purpose hall in which sounds could dissipate for those not close to the performers. For more than a decade the society had been accumulating funds to buy a replacement and the time came last year... read more

Postcards From Exotic Places – NZSO’s Chinese New Year

By , 29/01/2011
On paper, it somehow seemed a slightly gimmicky way for the NZSO to begin the year - and having two much-played works from the standard repertoire presented as "exotic places" came across as almost ingenuous. How could Dvorak's "New World" Symphony, which EVERYBODY knows, possibly create an "exotic" impression? And, as a friend of mine remarked, "Chinese New Year Concert? - well, if you regard Lalo and Dvorak as... read more

Dialogues des Carmélites – the sources

By , 16/01/2011

Whanganui hosts a sell-out opera school gala concert

By , 13/01/2011

Thursday 13 January 2011

For the first time, the gala concert to end the summer opera school was a sell-out. A brilliantly contrived TV item may have been partly responsible, with a rehearsed ‘ad hoc’ performance in a street market a couple of days before featuring the brindisi from La traviata.

In recent years a group has become established, Wanganui Opera Week, which helps popularise and... read more

Free Concert to mark the Summer School of Choral Conducting

A free concert is always welcome, and Sacred Heart was nearly full for a short choral concert.

The opening bracket of songs were all by American composers, and conducted by tutors at the Summer School of Choral Conducting, the choir being made up of those being tutored: choral conductors and fledgling conductors.

Jo-Michael Scheibe conducted ‘I carry your heart with me’ by David Dickau, with... read more

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