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International Akaroa Music Festival - Cellissimo


Wed 13 Jan 2016, 7:00pm–9:15pm

Where: Akaroa Area School, 141 Rue Jolie, Akaroa, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $33.25 ($30.00 + $3.25 fees)
  • Students: $12.30 ($12.00 + $0.30 fees)
  • Seniors: $31.20 ($28.00 + $3.20 fees)
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Songs by: Samuel Barber, Wilhelm Peterson-Berger and Carl Sjöberg

Anthony Ritchie
‘Words are my Notes’ a song cycle of four songs based on texts by Christopher Marshall.

Wilhelm Fitzenhagen

Astor Piazolla

Erno von Dohnanyi
Serenade for String trio

Arvo Paert
Fratres for cello ensemble

Andrew Beer, violin
Serenity Thurlow, viola
Edith Salzmann, cello
The Auckland Cellists

Old worlds meet new in this programme of music from a time on the cusp of change. The virtuosic opulence of Fitzenhagen’s Valse for cello quartet recalls the luxurious lifestyles of the belle epoque at the end of the 1800s while Astor Piazolla’s tangos take us to the gritty frontiers of colonial South America. Replete with rich harmonies and appealing melodies, the Serenade for String Trio by the Hungarian composer Erno von Dohnanyi is a dramatic and absorbing expression of late romanticism that also looks forward to the kaleidoscopic palette of modernism that would steer the twentieth century into so many exciting directions. Songs both beautiful and imaginative from beyond the bounds of mainland Europe – Sweden, America and New Zealand – round off this concert of diverse and fascinating music.