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Sun 8 Aug 2010, 2:30pm

Where: Paekakariki Memorial Hall, 98 The Parade, Paekakariki, Kapiti Coast

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $30.00
  • Children: $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Listed by: Naturecoast

Described by the New Zealand Herald as “one of our preeminent musical statesmen” earlier this year, Michael Houstoun is undoubtedly one of New Zealand’s finest pianists. Having won both national and international competitions including the Turnovsky Prize for Outstanding Achievements in the Arts, Houstoun has established an international career as a renowned pianist.

Having opened the Mulled Wine Concerts 2010 series in partnership with cellist Ashley Brown, Houstoun returns to what he describes as the “special little hall next to – almost in – the sea” at Paekakariki. There he will present a solo recital featuring a selection of works by Frederic Chopin and Robert Schumann, marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of both, arguably the finest romantic composers of solo piano works.

It will be hard not to be moved by Houstoun's performance of these stirring romantic works, from Schumann’s emotional soul-bearing music to the virtuosic genius of Chopin.

Schumann`s Arabesque in C, Opus 18, light and full of charm, is loved by pianists of any level. Widely believed to be one of Schumann’s finest works Kreisleriana is a musical journey of extremes, moving from the wild and manic to lighter delicate subtleties demonstrating Schumann's compositional skill.

Houstoun’s interpretations of Chopin’s piano works leave the listener believing they could have been written for Houstoun himself. Though best known for the Funeral March, the intensity and melodic brilliance of the Sonata in B- flat minor is not often heard these days - it demands musical and technical genius - skills of which Michael has in abundance.

Concluding with a selection of Etudes Opus 25 - no 1; (the "Aolian harp") no 7; no 5 and no 12 ("the Ocean") and Nocturnes Opus 37– the forms which Chopin perfected, the listener is taken on a torrent of longing, beauty, despair and extreme excitement.

Houstoun will play the Schimmel concert grand, generously provided by Piano House in Wellington.

Tickets from Darcy's Organic Fruit and Veges, Paekakariki; Lush Design, Raumati Beach; Moby Dickens Bookshop, Paraparaumu Beach; Patricia's Fashions, Waikanae; Otaki Veterinary Centre, Mill Rd, Otaki. Limited door sales.

Enquiries:, 04 902 2283