Dynamic duo performing in concert
Not only does New Plymouth have superb local musicians and committed groups putting in huge efforts to nurture and showcase that talent, we also are regularly visited by top level national and international performers.
For example, each year Chamber Music New Zealand brings some of the world’s great artists to our city, with programmes the equal of what you would see in New York or London.
There are five concerts in the series in New Plymouth this year, starting on Tuesday March 13 with the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo at 7.30pm at the Theatre Royal. This dynamic pair, who have performed together since they were students at Juilliard, tour extensively, release charttopping albums and create musicfilms and videos enjoyed by millions. They perform either on two pianos or as four hands on one piano. Their repertoire encompasses five centuries of music and here they offer Bernstein, Beatles and Bizet, along with Gluck and variations on Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. Book at Ticketek. The best value is to get a season ticket, and there are many flexible options. (See www.chambermusic.co.nz).
Chamber Music NZ is putting a particular effort into New Plymouth this year, because we are so receptive to new ideas, and have such positive people to work with. The emphasis is on accessibility. A new initiative is the audio-description of the second concert in the series, The Rest is Noise, a revelatory exploration into the history of 20th and 21st Century chamber music by author Alex Ross, with mezzosoprano Bianca Andrew and STROMA. An expert describes the action on stage to those in the audience with low vision, via earpieces (in between, not over the top of the music), which greatly enhances the experience. Call Laurel on 0800 266 2378 to book an Audio Described ticket.
CMNZ is bringing the special free family Matariki Concert to Puke Ariki on July 16, which features Alistair Fraser (taongo puoro) and Bridget Douglas (flute). There will also be an accessible concert for people with intellectual disability on Friday, November 9 in the Theatre Royal. Many of us remember the huge fun we had as volunteers and audience at the last one a few years back. Community musician Julian Raphael will lead again with the assistance of a jazz combo.
Chamber Music NZ is bringing piano duo Anderson and Roe to New Plymouth.