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Amici Ensemble Play String Sextets


Sun 21 Feb 2016, 2:30pm

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

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Public: $33.00
  • WMS Members: $23.00
  • Students under 25: $5.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Richard Strauss: Prelude to Capriccio
Anthony Ritchie: Ants
Boccherini: Fandango
Brahms: String Sextet No 2 in G

The ever-popular Amici Ensemble returns to Waikanae to open the Waikanae Music Society 2016 concert season on Sunday February 21. Led by NZSO Associate Concertmaster Donald Armstrong, the ensemble reinvents itself each year, sometimes an octet, quintet or quartet, sometimes with wind instruments or a vocalist. This year they will be a string sextet, performing an amazingly varied selection of works for that combination.

Joining Donald Armstrong will be NZSO principals Julia Joyce and Andrew Thomson (violas), Andrew Joyce and Ken Ichinose (cellos), as well as Malavika Gopal who plays in the first violin section of the NZSO.

The concert will open with the Prelude to Capriccio by Richard Strauss. Strauss is renowned for his lush harmonies and soaring melodies and this piece is no exception . In contrast, it will be followed by a new work from one of New Zealand's most popular composers, Anthony Ritchie. His short piece, titled Ants, highlights the characteristics of that remarkable creature, the ant!

To end the first half of the concert in toe-tapping style will be the well-known Fandango by Boccherini. Originally written for guitar quintet, this arrangement is for five strings, with the sixth player on the castenets.

The second half of the concert will be devoted to one masterwork, the second Sextet for Strings by Brahms, described as "highly romantic, with a bitter-sweet melancholy".

The concert, in the Waikanae Memorial Hall, starts at 2.30pm. Door sales will be available, or tickets can be purchased at Waikanae New World, Moby Dickens Books in Paraparaumu Beach and Lush Design Gallery in Raumati.

Enquiries phone 04 905 6070 or 04 293 4025.