Cel­e­brat­ing 40 years of clas­si­cal mu­sic con­certs

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS -

Sun­day Septem­ber 2 is a spe­cial day for the Waikanae Mu­sic So­ci­ety as it cel­e­brates 40 years of pre­sent­ing clas­si­cal mu­sic con­certs on the Ka¯ piti Coast with a spe­cial con­cert.

From its be­gin­nings in 1978 the So­ci­ety has grown to be one of the largest and most suc­cess­ful or­gan­i­sa­tions of its kind in the coun­try, at­tract­ing the cream of New Zealand per­form­ers as well as prom­i­nent over­seas artists.

The So­ci­ety is shar­ing this 40-year mile­stone with the Amici Ensem­ble, who are mak­ing their own 25th ap­pear­ance in Waikanae. This long part­ner­ship has re­sulted in many mem­o­rable con­certs since they first played in Waikanae in 1989. Led by the NZSO’s As­so­ciate Con­cert­mas­ter Don­ald Arm­strong, the ensem­ble is made up of prom­i­nent NZSO mu­si­cians.

Amici will be play­ing one of the pieces (Mozart’s Clar­inet Quin­tet) that they per­formed at their first 1989 con­cert. Also on the pro­gramme will be Mozart’s Flute Quar­tet, De­bussy’s Syrinx for solo flute and Ravel’s evoca­tive In­tro­duc­tion and Al­le­gro. To mark the 40th An­niver­sary the Waikanae Mu­sic So­ci­ety has com­mis­sioned a new work from Salina Fisher, a young com­poser who is one of this coun­try’s most ex­cit­ing new voices. Salina has won the pres­ti­gious Sounz Con­tem­po­rary Award two years in a row and has been hon­oured with a 2017 New Gen­er­a­tion Award from the NZ Arts Foun­da­tion. Her new work, Coast­lines, writ­ten for strings, flute, clar­inet and harp, takes its in­spi­ra­tion from the Waikanae land­scape and prom­ises to be one of the high­lights of the pro­gramme,

The 40th An­niver­sary Com­mis­sion is sup­ported by the Lion Foun­da­tion and Welling­ton Com­mu­nity Trust. The con­cert, in the Waikanae Me­mo­rial Hall, starts at 2.30pm.

Tick­ets will be avail­able at Waikanae New World, Moby Dick­ens Books in Para­pa­raumu Beach or at the Kapiti i-site in Para­pa­raumu.

■ En­quiries are wel­come on 04 293 4025, 04 905 6070 or via the so­ci­ety’s web­site www.waikanae­mu­sic.org.nz


The Amici Ensem­ble will play at the Waikanae Mu­sic So­ci­ety 40th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions.

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