Supported by generous help from the Turnovsky Endowment Trust

Wonderful recital of music by Viennese composers from Vienna Piano Trio

It is wonderful for chamber music audiences in New Zealand to welcome back an ensemble of the prestige and reputation of the Vienna Piano Trio – but this time, with a new violinist, a young American, who joined the Trio only months ago. Although the downstairs of the Michael Fowler Centre was not full (the upstairs is not opened for chamber music concerts), the audience was perfectly creditable. It... read more

Viola d’amore takes place with guitar and cello in lovely NZSM-based trio

By , 16/10/2015
The last concert of the year in the university school of music’s Friday lunchtime series. I’ve been getting to too few of these rewarding little concerts in the past few years – a failing that I’ve commented on before. But I was very happy to be there today to listen to what could be described as a somewhat experimental performance: the putting together of two modern, conventional instruments with one... read more

Waikanae Music Society scholars through their paces in impressive concert

By , 11/10/2015
The Waikanae Music Society’s Charitable Trust for Young Musicians was formed in 2008 to help talented young musicians in their studies, mostly overseas. It has been a considerable task to bring them together to help demonstrate to the citizens of Kapiti how worthwhile the project is proving to be. This concert has fully justified the effort. It opened with Gemma Lee who has just returned from Britain where she was the... read more

New Zealand Opera’s Tosca a triumph at all levels

By , 10/10/2015
The Wellington run of Tosca no doubt benefitted after uniformly positive reviews and word-of-mouth reports from Auckland. The reports from Auckland were not mistaken; here was one of the most impressive and successful productions from this company yet. In Wellington, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra was in the pit, and it was, of course, a superb collaboration that obliged the audience to notice Puccini’s masterly dramatic orchestration and the ways in... read more

Sparkling performances from superbly schooled Youth Choir

By , 09/10/2015
The name given to this concert, Te quiero, was borrowed from the song that ended the first half. It was an attractive, slightly sentimental song by Argentinian multi-talented musician, Alberto Favero. A nice title for a concert as a general sentiment, though its relevance to most of the items seemed a bit indiscriminate. There was a reasonable audience, part of which seemed to comprise a sort of claque or bunch... read more

Interesting exploration of varied guitar music in NZSM’s students’ showcase

By , 08/10/2015
The last of the four showcase concerts from the New Zealand School of Music offered guitarists a platform. One of the four programmed players could not appear, meaning that a piece by New Zealand composer Mike Hogan, Hammerowen, was omitted. Thus, in contrast to the hour-long viola concert on Wednesday, this one was about ten minutes shorter than the normal 45 minutes. Two guitarists calling themselves Duo Kita, Jake Church and... read more

Violist Gillian Ansell and student Aidan Verity with viola concertos at NZSM Showcase

Having been told the previous day, and by the listed outline of concerts to come in this week of NZSM student recitals that this was to be one of ‘viola students’, I was disappointed to discover that in fact only one such student was playing, plus her teacher, Gillian Ansell.  I hastily add that it is no disappointment to hear Gillian Ansell play, but over the years NZSM has... read more

NZSM Voice-Students at St Andrew’s

A varied programme was provided, both in terms of the styles of voices, and of the composers whose music was sung.  The items were all solos, unlike the equivalent programme two years ago, when ensembles were included in the programme.  There was a nice mixture of the familiar and the less familiar.

Each singer sang two or three (or in one case, four) items.  I have grouped the... read more

Rich and entertaining fare from student cellists at St Andrew’s

By , 05/10/2015
Eight cello students from Victoria University’s school of music, led by head of cello, Inbal Megiddo, delivered a highly diverting concert, the first in the school’s end of year showcase which is taking place between Monday and Thursday this week. The advertised programme was amended by the addition of a solo performance by one of their number, Lavinnia Rae. Hers was another piece from Bach’s Cello Suites: the Praeludium from... read more

Worlds of Music – Lilburn, Vaughan Williams and Mozart from the NZSM Orchestra

By , 01/10/2015

So, what on earth has Mozart got to do with Douglas Lilburn? By a happy coincidence, the concerto (Mozart's K.466) with which the brilliant soloist Xing Wang earlier this year won the NZSM Concerto Competition First Prize was again performed by her during this concert, to stunning effect. But alongside Lilburn? Mountains and Mozart?

Anybody who has read Lilburn's beautifully-wrought treatise on being a composer here in New... read more

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