Bach Mu­sica to per­form at Auck­land’s Town Hall

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Bach Mu­sica NZ’s next con­cert is on April 12, 5pm at the Auck­land Town Hall.

The group will present Brahm’s Re­quiem and Can­teloube’s Songs of the Au­vergne.

This New Zealand en­sem­ble is led by in­ter­na­tional orches­tral and choral con­duc­tor Rita Paczian.

At Christ­mas­time in 1867, when Clara Schu­mann re­ceived a copy of Ein deutsches Re­quiem (‘A Ger­man Re­quiem’) tran­scribed for pi­ano, she wrote a heart­felt let­ter to Jo­hannes Brahms, say­ing: ‘‘It is a truly tremen­dous piece of art which moves the en­tire be­ing in a way lit­tle else does.’’

Can­teloube’s Songs of Au­vergne is an evoca­tive col­lec­tion of folk songs from the Au­vergne re­gion of Provence in France, writ­ten and per­formed in the lo­cal lan­guage (Oc­c­i­tan), are said to be ‘sim­ply beau­ti­ful’. The most fa­mous song of the col­lec­tion, Bailero, has cap­tured hearts around the world.

Bach Mu­sica will be joined by New Zealand so­prano Pa­tri­cia Wright and young bari­tone Ed­ward Lau­ren­son, who is study­ing voice at the Guild­hall School of Mu­sic and Drama in Lon­don for which he won a schol­ar­ship in the pres­ti­gious IFAC Aus­tralian Singing Com­pe­ti­tion in Syd­ney on 2013.

Tick­ets range from $20 to $65, stu­dents $10.

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