Putaruru to host music talents
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.