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Amici Ensemble


Sun 7 Jul 2013, 2:30pm

Where: Waikanae Memorial Hall, 7 Pehi Kupa St, Waikanae, Kapiti Coast

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Public: $30.00 ea
  • Members: $20.00 ea
  • Students under 25: $5.00 ea
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Waikanae Music Society 35th Anniversary Concert featuring the Amici Ensemble.

Mozart - Grande Sestetto Concertante
Christopher Blake - Māramatanga
Richard Strauss - Metamorphosen

The Waikanae Music Society will celebrate its 35th Anniversary with a concert in the Waikanae Memorial Hall on Sunday 7 July. The performers will be the Amici Ensemble, who are marking something of a milestone themselves with their 20th appearance in Waikanae. Led by New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Associate Concertmaster Donald Armstrong, they first played in Waikanae in 1989.

Joining Donald for this concert will be some of the finest musicians in the NZSO, including Julia Joyce (principal viola), Andrew Joyce (principal cello), and Hiroshi Ikematsu (principal double-bass), Cristina Vaszilcsin (violin), Rowan Prior (cello) and Kirsten Simpson (piano). Andrew Thomson, usually principal second violin in the orchestra, will play viola for this performance.

The programme includes two of the great works for large string ensembles – Mozart's Grande Sestetto Concertante and Richard Strauss's Metamorphosen.
These two compositions are probably as far apart in mood as possible. The Mozart is cheerful music, brimming with grace and vitality, while the Strauss is a deeply moving memorial written at the close of the second world war.

It has become a policy of the Waikanae Music Society to commission a new piece to mark each 5 year anniversary and so an important addition to this programme is the premiere of a new work by the well-known New Zealand composer Christopher Blake. Called Māramatanga (meaning “enlightenment”) this piece, written for a quintet of piano and strings, explores aspects of the Kapiti Coast and its history. The Society is grateful to the KCDC Creative Communites Scheme, the Lion Foundation and the Waikanae Community Board for assistance in funding this commission.

The concert starts at 2.30pm. Door sales will be available or tickets can be purchased at Waikanae New World, Moby Dickens Books in Paraparaumu Beach and Lush Design Gallery in Raumati.

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