Pu­taruru to host mu­sic tal­ents

South Waikato News - - Farming - LUKE KIRKEBY

South Waikato au­di­ences are in for a treat when the Univer­sity of Waikato Con­ser­va­to­rium of Mu­sic comes to town.

The Con­ser­va­to­rium, which will per­form at The Plaza Pu­taruru on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 16 at 2.30pm, boasts a line-up of top level stu­dent soloists and cham­ber en­sem­bles play­ing a wide va­ri­ety of reper­toire with ma­jor strengths in cello, pi­ano, vi­o­lin and wood­wind.

Brought to town by the South Waikato Mu­sic So­ci­ety, mem­ber Paul Bow­ers-ma­son said the level of tal­ent on of­fer was su­perb and the stu­dents are ‘‘in re­al­ity al­ready pro­fes­sional clas­si­cal mu­si­cians in their own right’’.

That in­cludes cel­list Matthias Balzat who last month won the in­au­gu­ral Wal­lace In­ter­na­tional Cello Com­pe­ti­tion in Hamil­ton and singers trained by Dame Malv­ina Ma­jor.

‘‘We have an on­go­ing re­la­tion­ship with Waikato Univer­sity which has been go­ing for about 10 years and these con­certs go to­wards the stu­dents year per­for­mance as­sess­ments,’’ he said.

‘‘It works two ways be­cause it means we get a top level con­cert rel­a­tively in­ex­pen­sively and they get per­for­mance ex­pe­ri­ence be­cause they re­alise the only way you get good is by hav­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties like this.’’

‘‘We don’t need to bring in mu­si­cians from over­seas be­cause these stu­dents sound just as good. It re­ally is wow,’’ he said.

Bow­ers-ma­son said it was the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for high

‘‘We don't need to bring in mu­si­cians from over­seas be­cause these stu­dents sound just as good. It re­ally is wow.’’ Paul Bow­ers-ma­son

school stu­dents and fans of such mu­sic to see the level of young tal­ent com­ing through.

‘‘It will be great for high school stu­dents learn­ing mu­sic be­cause they will go ‘‘wow you can do that’’ and they will be able to re­late to the per­form­ers,’’ he said.

He said con­cert go­ers will also have the chance to mix and min­gle with the per­form­ers.

‘‘We have a con­cert down here


Award win­ning cel­list Matthias Balzat is set to per­form in Pu­taruru.

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