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International Akaroa Music Festival - The Grand Finale


Sun 20 Jan 2019, 5:00pm–7:15pm

Where: Gaiety Hall, Rue Jolie, Akaroa, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: $38.88 ($35.00 + $3.88 fees)
  • Students: $12.30 ($12.00 + $0.30 fees)
  • Senior: $35.80 ($32.00 + $3.80 fees)
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Charles Castleman, violin
Kihei Lee, violin
Donald Armstrong, violin
Milena Parobczy, violin
Bryony Gibson- Cornish, viola
Clara Salzmann, viola
Daniel Ng, cello
Clare Juang, cello
Luca Manghi, flute
Ben Hoadley, bassoon
Steward Kelly, piano

Prizewinner of the Gilbert Glausiuss Competition

Jean Philippe Rameau
Sextet – la poplinaire

Antonín Dvorák
String Sextet in A major, Op. 48

Vincenzo Bellini
Fantasia on Themes from Norma
for flute, bassoon and piano

Eugène-Auguste Ysaÿe
Les Neiges d’Antan
for violin and orchestra

A festive culmination of an inspiring week of music-making and collaboration between New Zealand’s most promising young talent and the top tutors who give the International Akaroa Music Festival the renown and prestige it enjoys. Two charming sextets—a Baroque one by Rameau and a Romantic one by Dvořák—showcase the different specialist strengths of the staff and students; a fantasia on themes from one of the nineteenth century’s most beloved operas, Bellini’s Norma, is an escape into the world of Italian bel canto combined with impressive instrumental virtuosity; and the famous Belgian violinist Eugène-Auguste Ysaÿe’s exquisite violin showpiece ‘Les neiges d’antan’, a nostalgic reminiscence of ‘the snows of yesteryear’, is a perfect marriage of beauty and technical brilliance that provides a fitting close to a memorable concert and festival.