Com­poser hits high note

Central Leader - - NEWS - By ROSE CAW­LEY

ARIEL Abiad has al­ready re­ceived his Christ­mas mir­a­cle.

The 17-year-old’s orig­i­nal com­po­si­tion is set to be played at the New Zealand Con­certo Orches­tra Christ­mas con­cert in Ep­som.

The One Tree Hill Col­lege stu­dent only picked up the vi­o­lin about four years ago.

‘‘My brother was orig­i­nally the mu­si­cian, he was play­ing the flute and he needed strings so I picked it up.’’

And it was only this year dur­ing his mu­sic class at school that he started com­pos­ing.

‘‘You can ex­press any­thing and ev­ery­thing you want,’’ Ariel says.

‘‘I tend to com­pose for in­stru­ments rather than for voice which makes it very in­ter­pre­tive for the lis­tener.

‘‘With an in­stru­men­tal you can come up with any in­ter­pre­ta­tion and it will be valid.’’

The year 12 stu­dent says he never imag­ined his work would go so far.

‘‘It was orig­i­nally some­thing I was just do­ing for fun,’’ he says.

‘‘It was very sur­pris­ing. I never ex­pected it would ever be per­formed at all.’’

Ariel’s piece is ti­tled Dance of the Evening Fairy.

‘‘If you ex­pose the au­di­ence to some­thing lively you will have them smil­ing in no time,’’ he says.

‘‘There are many episodes to this piece and I hope it will make peo­ple feel on the dancy side of things. I have tried to in­cor­po­rate a bit of mys­tery in there.’’

The con­cert will also fea­ture 12-year-old award win­ning vi­o­lin­ist and Re­muera In­ter­me­di­ate stu­dent, Danny Zhang.

The pro­gramme in­cludes six soloists play­ing Vi­valdi’s Pic­colo Con­certo in C, Bach’s Oboe and Vi­o­lin Con­certo, Vi­valdi’s Two Vi­o­lin Con­certo, Mozart’s Horn Quin­tet; Mar­cello’s Oboe Con­certo; Rach­mani­noff’s Vo­calise, new mu­sic by New Zealand com­posers McGar­ity and Abiad as well as Christ­mas favourites.

The con­cert is at 7.30pm on De­cem­ber 9 at St An­drew’s Angli­can Church, Ep­som.


Young tal­ent: Ariel Abiad is ex­cit­edly wait­ing to hear his com­po­si­tion per­formed at the New Zealand Con­certo Orches­tra Christ­mas con­cert in Ep­som.

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