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White Night in St Petersburg


Sun 27 Sep 2015, 5:00pm–6:50pm

Where: St Matthew-in-the-City, 187 Federal St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adults: $40.50 ($38.00 + $2.50 fees)
  • Seniors: $34.50 ($32.00 + $2.50 fees)
  • Students: $27.50 ($25.00 + $2.50 fees)
  • Children under 14yrs: $0.00
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Listed by: Ensemble Polymnia

Recalling Conductor Sarah Bisley's appearances on the European stage, Ensemble Polymnia presents a glorious Russian-French programme named after the famous annual St Petersburg Festival, which celebrates the "white" summer nights.

Debussy: Prelude a l'Apres-midi d'un Faune (1884)
Chopin: Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op. 21 (1830)
Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5 in e minor, Op. 64 (1888).

The soloist is Rosemary Barnes, one of New Zealand's leading pianists.
Rosemary Barnes had already appeared on radio & television and as concerto soloist with the Alex Lindsay String Orchestra when an Arts Council bursary enabled her to travel at the age of eighteen to London’s Royal Academy of Music for piano studies with Franz Reizenstein. Over the next 25 years Rosemary combined her musical and language skills (she has several opera translations to her credit) to become one of London’s most sought-after accompanists and voice coaches. On the music staff of English National Opera from 1980-88, she also worked for Opera Northern Ireland, BBCTV, Glyndebourne Touring Opera and Musica nel Chiostro in Tuscany. She taught pianists and singers at the Royal College of Music and was assistant conductor on many recordings for the award-winning Opera Rara label. Rosemary has performed on BBC Radio 3, Granada TV, and at the South Bank, Wigmore Hall and Belfast’s Usher Hall. Her recording work includes three CDs for Continuum.

Returning from London in 1993, Rosemary directed the postgraduate opera diploma at the University of Auckland whilst continuing her performing career. With the Trio Australasia (Alisa Willis, flute & Ann Blackburn, oboe) she has cruised the Pacific and presented concerts in Germany. Singers she has partnered in concert include Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Dame Malvina Major, Margaret Medlyn, Patricia Wright, Helen Medlyn, Pene Pati, Simon O’Neill, Sir Donald McIntyre, Hans Georg Wimmer (Germany), Sally Burgess (UK), Lesley Garrett (UK), Angela Brown (USA), and Robert Expert (France). Other international partners include violinists Chuan Yun Li, Emil Chudnovsky, Kurt Nikaanen, Yinlin Pan & Miwako Abe, flautists Robert Aitken, Paul Edmund-Davies, Leone Buyse, Marya Martin & Elena Duran, clarinettists Murray Khouri, Michael Webster & Mark Walton, and hornist Mark Paine.

Rosemary has been an official collaborative pianist at the Gisborne International Music Competition for over 20 years. Her work with the younger generation continues as music director for Opera Factory, and official collaborative pianist for the Pettman National Junior Academy. She coaches NZ Opera’s Emerging Artists, and singers at Auckland and Waikato universities. Rosemary was awarded the MNZM for her services to music in the 2000 Queens Birthday Honours.

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