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An Afternoon with Pianist Michael Houston in Featherston


Sun 26 Jun 2016, 3:00pm–6:00pm

Where: Featherston Anzac Hall, 62 Bell St, Featherston, Wairarapa

Restrictions: All Ages

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On 26 June, Featherston will host New Zealand’s eminent pianist, Michael Houstoun, for an afternoon of Bach, Brahms, Polenc and Fauré. The concert will open with six preludes and fugues from the second book of Johann Sebastian Bach’s well-loved and timeless “Well-Tempered Klavier”. Following a short interval, the programme continues with the beautiful, melancholic “Three Intermezzi” by Johannes Brahms. The third act is “Three Novelettes” by Francis Poulenc and the afternoon will conclude with a nocturne and waltz by Gabriel Fauré.

The proceeds from the event will go towards the town’s fundraising efforts to install a major public artwork by Paul Dibble to celebrate and remember the town’s and New Zealand's special historical relationship with the nearby Military Training Camp during World War One. Fittingly, the venue for the matinee will be the magnificent Anzac Hall – a concert hall build by the townsfolk 100 years earlier expressly for the purposes of entertaining recruits.

The venue will open at 2.30pm ready for the programme to start at 3pm. Everyone is invited to enjoy some traditional Featherston hospitality afterwards, when afternoon tea will be laid on in the adjoining Kiwi Hall.

Pre-sales are available from and door sales will be available on the day. General admission is $30. Students and SuperGold card holders can purchase tickets for $20.

Full programme:

Six Preludes and Fugues from Book 2 of
The Well-Tempered Klavier, by J S Bach

D major
Prelude: the opening fanfare sets the tone
Fugue: 4 voices, extremely concentrated yet done with the greatest ease

D minor
Prelude: a Toccata
Fugue: 3 voices, a turbulent, dramatic theme in two distinct halves

E major
Prelude: an angelic duet
Fugue: 4 voices, warm and stately

E minor
Prelude: a two-part Invention, unsettled
Fugue: 3 voices, swinging, swaggering

F minor
Prelude: haunting simplicity
Fugue: 3 voices, like a character dance

A flat major
Prelude: duet, incorporating phrases for wind choir
Fugue: 4 voices, utter perfection

Three Intermezzi, Op.117,
by Johannes Brahms

1. In E flat, Andante moderato
2. In B flat minor, Andante non troppo
3. In C sharp minor, Andante con moto

Three Novelettes,
by Francis Poulenc

1. In C, Modéré sans lenteur
2. In B flat minor, Très rapide et rythmé
3. In E minor, Andantino tranquillo

Nocturne and Valse-Caprice, by Gabriel Fauré

Nocturne in E flat minor, Op.33 No.1
Valse-Caprice in A, Op.30