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Amici Ensemble With Jian Liu


Sun 30 Apr 2017, 2:30pm

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

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Public: $35.00
  • WMS Members: $25.00
  • Students under 25: $5.00
  • Additional fees may apply

The Waikanae Music Society welcomes the return of regular favourites Donald Armstrong and the Amici Ensemble, this time with one of New Zealand’s finest pianists Jian Liu.

They will perform a seldom-heard work by Mendelssohn, the Piano Sextet, written when the precocious composer was only 16 - the same year as his remarkable Octet. Filled with grace and charm, the sextet is almost a piano concerto with a dazzling piano part that was apparently intended to display the composer’s virtuosity. The main reason this piece is seldom performed is its unusual instrumentation - requiring two violas and a double-bass, but only one violin.

The obvious companion piece, using almost the same forces, is that best-loved of all chamber works, Schubert’s delightfully melodious Trout Quintet. To complement and contrast those two large-scale romantic works, will be Shostakovich’s Second Piano Trio. This was completed in 1944, at a time when Shostakovich’s life was dominated by both national and personal tragedy.

Apart from Jian Liu who is Head of Piano Studies at the New Zealand School of Music, the members of the Amici Ensemble are all section principals of the NZSO and their leader, Donald Armstrong, is the orchestra’s long-serving Associate Concertmaster.

- Mendelssohn: Piano Sextet, Opus 110
- Shostakovich: Piano Trio No 2 in E minor, Opus 67
- Schubert: Piano Quintet in A Major, D667

Door sales will be available, or tickets can be bought at Waikanae New World, at Moby Dickens Books in Paraparaumu Beach or at Lush Design Gallery in Raumati.

Enquiries are welcome on 04 905 6070 or 04 293 4025.