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CMNZ: Galvanised with Diedre Irons


Sun 3 Mar 2013, 5:00pm–7:00pm

Where: Napier Municipal Theatre, 119 Tennyson St, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult C Res: $40.00
  • Child: $10.00
  • Adult A Res: $60.00
  • Adult B Res: $50.00
  • Additional fees may apply


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Listed by: SWPR Ltd

Diedre Irons, piano
Deborah Rawson, saxophone
Rebecca Steel, flute

Vibrancy, freshness, friends, and fun –much-loved pianist Diedre Irons and her new trio, Galvanised launches Chamber Music New Zealand’s 2013 Kaleidoscopes season, performing in six centres around the country.

Featuring Diedre on piano with Deborah Rawson on saxophone and Rebecca Steel on flute, Galvanised is one of the most colourful – and unusual – combinations in all chamber music.

“Debbie, Rebecca and I have been wanting to play together for years,” says Diedre. “We’re delighted to finally be all in the same country so that we can – and we’re having an immense amount of fun with this music. They are just gorgeous jewels of pieces, all of them, and the combination of flute and sax and piano produces something unique and really special.”

These three old friends leapt at the opportunity to play together when Rebecca Steel, former Principal Flute with the Philharmonia in London, returned from Australia where she had a busy freelance career with the major orchestras and her wind quintet, The Chambermaids. Debbie Rawson, Head of Woodwind at the New Zealand School of Music, is well known as a reed virtuoso par extraordinaire and leader of the saxophone group Saxcess; and Diedre Irons (MBE, ONZM) needs little introduction – arriving here from Canada in the '70s, she has always combined teaching with performing, and left her latest post as Head of Classical Performance at the NZSM to enjoy an increasingly busy international concert career.

There is something about this combination of instruments that has inspired composers to their wittiest and most extravagant moods. From the extraordinary Fantastics by one of the collaborators on the film Dracula to the unashamed romance of Marc Eychenne, from Shostakovich at his most tuneful and humorous to the Frenchman described as ‘Milhaud with a rakish twist’ – this programme takes you on a journey through some of the world’s most delightful music, completed with classics by Poulenc and Rachmaninov, 21st century New Zealand Klezmer, and Chick Corea’s over-the-top jazz take on Albeniz’s famous tune.

Dubois | Les Tréteaux
Poulenc | Sonata for Flute and Piano 1957
Takács | Two Fantastics
Shostakovich | Three Waltzes
Corea arr. Peterson| Spain
Rachmaninov | Preludes Op 23 no 3,4,5
New work | Klezmer style
Eychenne | Cantilène et Danse

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