Dy­namic duo per­form­ing in con­cert

North Taranaki Midweek - - OUT & ABOUT - ANNE BOVETT

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.

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