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International Akaroa Music Festival – Summer Serenade

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  • Admission: $38.88 each ($35.00 + $3.88 fees)
  • Students: $12.30 each ($12.00 + $0.30 fees)
  • Senior: $35.80 each ($32.00 + $3.80 fees)
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  • Sat 12 Jan 2019, 7:00pm–9:15pm


All Ages

Michael Endres. piano

Donald Armstrong, violin
Edith Salzmann, cello
Alexander Gebert, cello
Stewart Kelly, piano

Wolfgang Kraemer, recorder
Barbara Stegemann, oboe
Yuhka Nagai, violin
Ben Hoadley, bassoon
Susie Xu, harpsichord

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 5 for Solo Piano in a transcription by Franz Liszt

Jacques-Christophe Naudot
Trio for recorder, flute and Basso continuo

Claude Debussy
Sonata for Cello and Piano

Ernst von Dohnányi
Serenade in C Major, Op. 10 for string trio

Called ‘outstanding’ and ‘superlative’ by the international press, German pianist Michael Endres opens this concert with undoubtedly the most famous symphony ever written, Beethoven’s Fifth, transcribed for solo piano by the most famous virtuoso pianist that ever lived, Franz Liszt. It is hard to imagine a more arresting way to open a concert, with the work that prompted the critic E. T. A. Hoffmann to write in 1810 that only ‘music unlocks for mankind an unknown realm’. And more unknown realms besides will be opened up to the audience in this eclectic programme of power and beauty in Akaroa’s iconic Gaiety Hall, featuring international tutors from the PNJA Akaroa Summer School. A trio by Jacques-Christophe Naudot transports us to the world of Baroque France; the vigorous and dramatic String Serenade by the Hungarian Ernst von Dohnányi calls forth the artistic vitality of Vienna at the turn of the twentieth century; and the haunting and quixotic sonata for cello and piano by Claude Debussy, written at the end of this life as he was battling cancer, pits commedia dell’arte pantomime against the devastating backdrop of World War I.

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