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Rotorua Music Federation: Toru Trio


Tue 22 May 2018, 7:30pm–9:30pm

Where: St Lukes Anglican Church, 1223 Amohia Street, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $30.00
  • Students (18-25 years): $15.00
  • Children (under 18 years accompanied by paying adult): $0.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Rotorua Events

Toru is a new trio consisting of three principal players from Orchestra Wellington – Ingrid Bauer, Karen Batten and Sophia Acheson.

Acclaimed New Zealand harpist Ingrid Bauer is making her mark on the classical music scene. Recent invitations include the 2014 Huntington Estate Music Festival, where Ingrid worked with musical luminaries including Emma Matthews and the Amaryllis Quartet.

A Wellingtonian, Karen Batten studied at the State University of New York, graduating with a Master of Music. She is Principal Flute for Orchestra Wellington and frequently works with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Karen has taught extensively throughout the Wellington Region, including at the New Zealand School of Music at Victoria University.

Sophia, from Christchurch, studied performance viola in Wellington. She was then invited to study in Barcelona with Ashan Pillai, and was awarded scholarships to study at the University of Southern California and at the University of Texas.

Since 2012, Sophia has worked as a freelance musician with the Auckland Philharmonia, Auckland Chamber Orchestra, Bach Musica and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, until her appointment in 2014 as principal violist of Orchestra Wellington.

Debussy popularised this combination of flute, viola, and harp with his Sonate en trio; its magnificently varied timbral palette has since captured the imaginations of composers, performers, and audiences alike. Undoubtedly drawing on the evocative fantasy of Debussy's writing, the Bax sonata moves from impressionism to melodies and dance rhythms that give the music a distinctly Irish character.

The trio are also including in their mix of romantic and contemporary repertoire the quirky and entertaining 'Zoological' character pieces of Wendelin Bitzen and a clever arrangement of a Beethoven serenade in programmes that are sure to delight audiences.

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