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Ingrid Vlieg - Clarinet and Guy Donaldson - Piano


Sun 25 Mar 2018, 2:30pm–3:45pm

Where: Globe Theatre, 312 Main St, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission by donation: $5.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Ingrid Vlieg (clarinet) with Guy Donaldson (piano).

Ingrid Vlieg returns to the Globe Sunday Matinee series with a programme to equal the one which was received so enthusiastically in 2016, and which celebrated her return to Palmerston North after a long absence.

Manawatu Standard critic Stephen Fisher wrote of Vlieg as “a conscientious, extremely capable and empathetic clarinetist” and that “she chose a selection of engaging pieces making up a programme that any clarinettist would find both emotionally and technically challenging.” He described the concert as “captivating” and Guy Donaldson's accompaniments as ‘masterful.” For the concert on Sunday March 25 the two performers will be playing music by Mozart, Weber, Schubert, Lutoslawski and Hurlstone.

The Mozart bracket will be four pieces written for inclusion in church services, and which demonstrate that church music in Mozart’s day could be as lively and as exciting as anything heard in the secular world. Weber was as fond of the clarinet as was Mozart and his Concertino for clarinet and orchestra combines beautiful melody and brilliant writing.

Guy will perform the last of Schubert’s Impromptus, a piece which is also the most technically demanding of all the pieces that he wrote in this genre. The Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski wrote his Five Dance Preludes for clarinet and piano as light-hearted pieces which generate the same sort of excitement as circus acrobats do as they apparently defy gravity. The performers in this piece are often asked to play in constantly changing times and out of sequence with each other, and yet remain absolutely synchronized.

The final item on the programme is a set of four pieces by a little known late nineteenth century composer William Hurlstone. Hurlstone was something of a child prodigy as a pianist, and became at an early age a professor at the Royal College of Music and began turning out wonderful compositions in the spirit of Elgar before his life was cut short by an asthma attack. These attractive pieces provide a colourful and exciting end to the programme.

Ingrid Vlieg was educated in Palmerston North and was taught clarinet by Eldon Ormsby. She studied clarinet performance at Victoria University under Marina Sturm and Deborah Rawson. Ingrid played for the Royal New Zealand Air Force Central Band.

She later joined the Capital Performing Arts Orchestra where she held the position of Principal Clarinet. She was also often a soloist with the orchestra performing works including Mozart’s clarinet concerto, Weber’s Concerto No 1 and Weber’s Clarinet Concertino.

Guy Donaldson received his formative piano instruction from Maurice Collier, and then at Canterbury University with Maurice Till. In 1984 he studied in London with Paul Hamburger and Roger Vignoles. Guy was a senior lecturer in music education at Massey until 2004, when he took leave to pursue his passion for performance and music teaching. He is active in the Manawatu as a teacher, adjudicator, piano soloist, accompanist, chamber music player and music coach, and is musical director of the Renaissance Singers.

The concert begins at 2:30pm at the Globe Theatre and admission is by donation, recommended from $5.

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