Len Lye works inspirational
Top New Zealand classical guitarist and composer Bruce Paine returns to New Plymouth on Wednesday October 18 to perform at the 4th Wall Theatre at 7.30pm. Bruce was a guest artist at the 2016 Taranaki Classical Guitar Summer School and his performance sold out.
As a composer he has links with New Plymouth. While researching for a song-writing project commemorating the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli, he found a photograph on the Puke Ariki Museum web page that included his great-uncle, one of the thousands lost on the first day landing. Words from a surviving postcard sent home from Cairo became the lyrics of his song Dear Mother .He has also written a piece for the New Zealand Guitar Quartet inspired by the kinetic sculptures of Len Lye, which he saw on the foreshore and in the Len Lye Centre. The premiere performance of that work is due to take place during the Taranaki Classical Guitar Summer School in January 2018.
His solo guitar concert will feature several of his best known pieces - Finchdean, Circle Dance and New Zealand Suite - alongside works by international composers. Inquiries for bookings to Dominique Blatti firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also on October 18 is the Great Taranaki Ukulele Marimba Festival at the TSB stadium. There will be 180 children playing ukulele, 40 marimba players and two choirs in collaboration with local band The Blistered Fingers. Over the last two terms, children from six schools, Omata, Woodleigh, St John Bosco, Vogeltown, Welbourn and St Joseph Waitara, have learnt a selection of Beatle songs and are eagerly looking forward to the chance to perform with the band for an audience. Doors open at 6.30pm. Tickets are $10, available from school offices mentioned above or Musicworks.
The next Lunchtime Organ Recital is on Thursday October 19 at Taranaki Interim Cathedral at 12.15pm. Admission by gold coin donation.
It’s time to start planning your visits for the Garden Spectacular. Once again, Taranaki Symphony Orchestra will be providing Garden Treats at Tupare on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 October from 9.30am - 4pm. Small ensembles, and even a string orchestra, will perform while you take a break and enjoy a cuppa and delicious home baking.
Classical guitarist Bruce Paine is popular with New Plymouth audiences.