‘Ex­quis­ite’ con­certo

A pop­u­lar and reg­u­lar per­former re­turns to our re­gion...

Central Otago Mirror - - OUT & ABOUT -

Christchurch vi­o­lin­ist Cathy Irons vis­its Wanaka and Alexan­dra with the Cen­tral Otago Re­gional Orches­tra on May 20 and 21.

The South African-born mu­si­cian will per­form the ex­quis­ite Men­delssohn Vi­o­lin Con­certo in E mi­nor with the orches­tra, con­ducted by Aart Brusse.

‘‘This con­certo is an ever-time favourite of mine. Since I was a child not yet able to play the vi­o­lin, I used to lis­ten to it in awe. It feels like a dream come true, to now have the fa­cil­ity to play it and to ex­press ev­ery note from my own heart.’’

Irons is a pop­u­lar and reg­u­lar per­former in Otago and per­formed the Beethoven Vi­o­lin Con­certo with the orches­tra a few years ago.

She has also hosted fre­quent Thomas Brown Art Gallery per­for­mances at Lake Hayes and in 2015 gave the first pub­lic recital on Michael Hill’s per­sonal vi­o­lin, a 1755 Gio­vanni Bat­tista Guadagnini named ‘‘The South­ern Star’’.

Irons said she en­joyed per­form­ing for the Otago com­mu­nity,. ‘‘When­ever I play here, I sense an open­ness. It is no longer me play­ing for an au­di­ence, but me en­joy­ing the mu­sic to­gether with them, shar­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence.’’ Irons per­forms baroque, clas­si­cal, con­tem­po­rary and jazz mu­sic and is de­scribed as a vi­brant and dy­namic per­former with a great con­nec­tion with her au­di­ence.

Irons will re­turn to Queen­stown in late Oc­to­ber with her band, the Clas­si­cal Jazz Quar­tet.

MORE INFO: Wanaka Pres­by­te­rian Church, 7.30pm, May 20; Dun­stan High School, 2.30pm, May 21. Tick­ets Pem­broke Wines, Wanaka; Unichem Phar­macy and Book­shop, Alexan­dra.

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Vi­o­lin­ist Cathy Irons is com­ing to play in Wanaka and Alexan­dra.

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