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Aroha Quartet


Sun 11 May 2014, 6:00pm–7:35pm

Where: Great Lake Centre, 5 Story Place, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Restrictions: All Ages

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Listed by: Erupt

Music from Europe, China and New Zealand will be performed by one of New Zealand’s top chamber ensembles.

The Wellington-based Aroha String Quartet comprises Haihong Liu on violin, Blythe Press on violin, Zhongxian Jin on viola and Robert Ibell on cello. All four musicians have stellar classical careers. Haihong, Blythe and Robert are all members of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Zhongxian, previously of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra and the Xinghai Symphony Orchestra, now teaches at the New Zealand School of Music.

Acclaimed as demonstrating “accomplished brilliance, soulfulness and sublime intensity in perfect balance and tonal unity” (The Dominion Post), the Aroha String Quartet is firmly established as one of the finest chamber music ensembles at the forefront of New Zealand chamber music.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s vivacious String Quartet No 1 in G KV80 opens the programme. New Zealand is represented by the lively and energetic ‘Dance of the Sidhe’ by Sam Piper and the fun and funky ‘Mondo Rondo’ by Gareth Farr. The ‘Eight Chinese Folk Songs’ by Zhou Long provide a unique and colourful contrast.

The programme is completed in exhilarating fashion by Beethoven’s String Quartet in B flat major, Op. 18 No. 6.

“We absolutely love playing the music in these programmes”, says Aroha Quartet violinist Blythe Press, “and we’re looking forward to sharing it with our audiences in Taupō”.