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Cel­list Alexan­dra Par­tridge and con­duc­tor Peter Van Drim­mel­man join the Manawatu Sin­fo­nia in con­cert.

It was the end of the world as they knew it, re­flected in an achingly poignant cello con­certo. Bri­tish com­poser Ed­ward El­gar com­posed his cello con­certo in 1919 as an el­egy to the pass­ing of a way of life, as a re­sult of the tragedy that was World War I. This Sun­day, the dra­matic, in­tense and at times in­ti­mately re­flec­tive work will be played by the Manawatu Sin­fo­nia with guest cel­list, Alexan­dra Par­tridge.

Now in her sec­ond year study­ing at the pres­ti­gious Aus­tralian Na­tional Academy of Mu­sic at Mel­bourne, Alexan­dra grew up on the Kapiti Coast and like many other cel­lists has wanted to play this con­certo more than any other piece of mu­sic.

De­spite the emo­tional in­ten­sity, or per­haps be­cause of it, the tech­ni­cally chal­leng­ing con­certo ap­peals to a wide au­di­ence as well as to play­ers.

It is, Alexan­dra says, ‘‘se­ri­ous, pas­sion­ate, witty, de­press­ing. All these emo­tions packed into half an hour’’.

‘‘Sit back and en­joy. It’s a mar­vel­lous con­certo – the melodies and har­monies are gor­geous – you can’t help but be en­gaged right from the very first chords,’’ the cel­list says.

The Sin­fo­nia will per­form un­der the ba­ton of reg­u­lar guest con­duc­tor, Peter van Drim­me­len, who will also con­duct works by New Zealand com­poser, Dou­glas Lil­burn, as part of the Lil­burn Cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tion. The Sin­fo­nia con­cert is at 2.30pm this Sun­day, July 26, in the Palmer­ston North Boys High Speirs Cen­tre.

Tick­ets are $15 and $10 at the door.



Cel­list Alexan­dra Par­tridge from Kapiti Coast is spe­cial guest of the Manawatu Sin­fo­nia.

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