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New Zealand Guitar Quartet

When:

Sun 19 May 2013, 2:30pm

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

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Public: $30.00
  • Members: $20.00
  • Students under 25: $5.00
  • Additional fees may apply

New Zealand Guitar Quartet In Waikanae

The New Zealand Guitar Quartet will play for the Waikanae Music Society on Sunday 19 May as part of their extensive 14-centre tour for Chamber Music New Zealand.

The Quartet has developed a following around the country, since it was first formed in 2010 at the NZ School of Music. Owen Moriarty, Tim Watanabe, Christopher Hill and Jane Curry all studied together before heading off for further experience overseas. Jane is now head of Classical Guitar at the New Zealand School of Music, having just completed her doctorate at the University of Arizona; Chris is a guitar-builder and specialist in flamenco, having studied and played in Portugal and Spain; Tim has played as a soloist in the Guitar Orchestra tours around New Zealand as well as gaining his teaching diploma in theology and philosophy; and Owen, the leader, studied with the famous Los Angeles Guitar Quartet at the mecca of classical-guitar teaching, the University of Southern California. Between them, the quartet members have won a multitude of prizes in international guitar competitions and have performed on a variety of concert stages from the UK to Mexico.

Owen, who is also the brains behind many of the arrangements on the programme, says: “This is basically a showcase of our best and most popular repertoire. I love the chameleon-like quality of the classical guitar, so we’ve got everything in there from Bach, to NZ composers, to show-stoppers by the Brazilians and Cubans. The guitar has this ability to imitate so many other instruments. It’s going to be huge fun!”

Amongst the better-known highlights on the programme will be the popular Dance of Terror and Ritual Fire Dance by Spanish composer Manuel de Falla, and a sparkling arrangement of the well-known Capriccio Espagnol by Rimsky-Korsakov.

The concert, in the Waikanae Memorial Hall, starts at 2.30pm. Tickets will be available at the door, or can be purchased at Waikanae New World, Moby Dickens Books in Paraparaumu Beach, or at Lush Design Gallery in Raumati.
Enquiries are welcome on 04 905 6070 or visit www.waikanaemusic.org