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NZSM Hosts Pluck: a Concert of NZ Harp Music


Fri 13 Sep 2013, 7:30pm–9:00pm

Where: Adam Concert Room, NZSM Kelburn Campus, Victoria University, Gate 7, Kelburn Parade, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adults: $20.00
  • Seniors / Students: $10.00

Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music is delighted to co-host a concert from NZ harpist Helen Webby.

Nine New Zealand composers were commissioned by Helen to write short works for harp, and premiered at the 2012 Otago Festival of the Arts. Helen will present the works in this concert, several with soprano (and composer of one of the pieces) Pepe Becker.

The works have been recorded and released on a CD called 'Pluck': the first anthology of NZ harp music, and is a gateway in to the fascinating sound world of New Zealand's Art composers. The composers are: Chris Adams, Pepe Becker, Ross Carey, Claire Cowan, Lyell Cresswell, Graeme Downes, Anthony Ritchie, Mark Smythe & Gillian Whitehead.

Contemporary music is perhaps the most difficult genre to play as a harpist ... Webby clearly demonstrates her understanding of contemporary music and her interpretation breathes life and meaning into the scores. Her even playing, rich tone and mastery of not one but three types of harp make the album an ‘easy listen’. Pepe Becker, voice, expertly joins Helen on a couple of tracks.
– CD Review (New Zealand Harp Society Journal):

Event admission: Door sales only: Adults $20; Seniors/Students $10;

Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music is a joint enterprise of Massey University and Victoria University of Wellington.

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