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Streeton Trio In Waikanae


Sun 9 Oct 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

The Waikanae Music Society will welcome back the Streeton Piano Trio from Australia. Described as ‘Australia’s most internationally successful piano trio’, the Streeton Trio performs extensively across Europe, the UK, Scandinavia, and Asia as well as throughout Australia. The trio has already performed twice in Waikanae (in 2012 and 2013) to enthusiastic audiences and critical acclaim.

For some years the trio was based in Europe, but violinist Emma Jardine and pianist Benjamin Kopp have now returned to Australia where they have been joined by distinguished Italian cellist Umberto Clerici, principal cello of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and previously principal cello at the Teatro Regio in Turin. An experienced chamber musician, he is one of the only two Italian cellists to have won a prize at the renowned Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (2011).

The concert will open with a delightfully romantic early work by Debussy, written when the composer was only 17. This is a late programme change from the previously publicised Mozart item, but it will be a real treat to hear this rarely played piece. It will be followed by Beethoven’s “Gassenhauer” Trio which takes its nickname from a popular Viennese song that can be heard in the third movement.

After the interval, the trio will play some of Mendelssohn’s famous “Songs Without Words” - miniatures for piano that have been well-loved by generations of pianists. They have been arranged for the ensemble by the trio’s pianist Benjamin Kopp.

The final item on the programme is by the 19th Century French composer Camille Saint-Saens. His second piano trio is an impressive work of five movements that deserves to be much better known, filled as it is with passion, brilliance and inspired writing for all three instruments.

Door sales will be available, or tickets can be bought at Waikanae New World, Moby Dickens Books in Paraparaumu Beach or at Lush Design Gallery in Raumati. Enquiries are welcome on 04 905 6070 or visit the website.