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French Impressions - Manawatu Sinfonia Concert


Sun 13 Aug 2017, 2:30pm–4:00pm

Where: Speirs Centre, Palmerston North Boys High, 263 Featherston St, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult Admission: $22.50 ($20.00 + $2.50 fees)
  • Concession Admission: $16.00 ($15.00 + $1.00 fees)
  • Child Admission: $5.00
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Listed by: Emma Mill

Concert with a French theme:

Fauré - Pavane, op. 50.
Berlioz - Les Nuits d'été, with mezzo-soprano solo.
Ravel - Pavane pour une infante défunte.
Ravel - Ma Mère L’Oye.
Conductor: Andrew Atkins.

Andrew Atkins attended Central Normal School, Palmerston North, Intermediate Normal School, and Palmerston North Boys High School.

Barry Jones was his first teacher and Guy Donaldson his second teacher in Palmerston North. He completed his ATCL recital diploma with Distinction under Guy's tuition. He went on to study at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington, where he has completed a Masters in Classical Performance Piano. He performed Beethoven's 2nd piano concerto with the Sinfonia in 2013 and conducted the Sinfonia in 2016.

His other conducting experience includes the Virtuoso Strings, the Tawa Local Orchestra, and the Wellington College/Wellington Girls College/Wellington East Girls College combined school orchestra. He conducted the Kapiti Concert Orchestra for their August 2016 concert with NZSO Oboe Soloist Peter Dykes and the Wellington Chamber Orchestra for their July 2017 concert with soloist James Jin. He is the current Assistant Conductor to Orchestra Wellington.

Soloist: Maaike Christie-Beekman (Alto / Mezzo-Soprano).

Maaike Christie-Beekman is delighted to be back to sing with the Manawatu Sinfonia after performing Elgar's Sea Pictures with us two years ago. She studied classical singing at the Amsterdam Conservatorium where she first graduated with her Bachelor’s degree and in 2000 graduated with distinction for her Master’s degree. She also studied at the Conservatoire de Metz, France and went to the Britten Pears School in Aldeburgh to enhance her skills in chamber music.

From 2002, she was a member of the Netherlands Opera Studio. As a professional singer, Maaike has sung opera, oratorio, and chamber music throughout the Netherlands and Europe and was a recording artist for Brilliant Classics, singing the title role of Mozart’s Ascanio in Alba and featuring on Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tiresias. In 2010 Maaike moved to New Zealand with her husband and two daughters. She was a Resident Artist for New Zealand Opera for two years and performed in three Days Bay Opera productions. Currently, Maaike regularly sings chamber music and oratorio. Recently, she toured with the Takiri Ensemble, performing music from Schubert, Fauré, and Quilter, worked with members of the NZSO performing Respighi’s Il Tramonto, gave a Lieder recital at the Schubertiade Festival, and performed Mahler songs with the Wellington Chamber Orchestra.

As an oratorio soloist, she performed in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Orpheus Choir, Handel’s Messiah with the Christchurch City Choir and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle with the Tudor Consort. Besides her singing career, Maaike is currently an Artist Teacher at Te K?k? New Zealand School of Music teaching Performance and Stagecraft.

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