1. TAIPEI ON TOUR

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Chris Ma re­turns, con­duct­ing Taipei’s Nan­men Ju­nior High School String Or­ches­tra along­side the Manawatu Youth Or­ches­tra in the Spiers Cen­tre.

It’s a spe­cial home­com­ing for vis­it­ing Tai­wanese con­duc­tor, Chris Ma. When Chris takes the Spiers Cen­tre podium in front of the Nan­men Ju­nior High School String Or­ches­tra from Taipei, he will be on fa­mil­iar ground.

Chris grew up in Palmer­ston North and at­tended Boys High School, where he was Dux Ar­tium. He was leader of the Manawatu Youth Or­ches­tra be­fore mov­ing to Welling­ton to com­plete a per­for­mance de­gree at Vic­to­ria Univer­sity.

Now he is teach­ing mu­sic in Taipei. His school string or­ches­tra is per­form­ing in a com­bined con­cert with the Manawatu Youth Or­ches­tra.

‘‘ Palmer­ston North has many great op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­velop as a young mu­si­cian I had won­der­ful mu­si­cal ex­pe­ri­ences here.

‘‘I played vi­o­lin in the Youth Or­ches­tra and Sin­fo­nia and I won the Young Per­form­ers Prize at Musica Viva, so it is great to be able to come back and thank my teach­ers and the mu­si­cians and public of Palmer­ston North in this won­der­ful mu­si­cal way.’’

The Nan­men School Or­ches­tra presents pop­u­lar short string items, be­fore join­ing the Manawatu Youth Or­ches­tra for a com­bined per­for­mance of Han­del’s Fire­works Mu­sic.

TheMYOun­der con­duc­tor Isaac Hen­der­son will com­plete the pro­gramme with its own per­for­mance of Verdi’s Force of Des­tiny Over­ture and Rossini’s The Bar­ber of Seville Over­ture. The con­cert is at 4pm Satur­day 25 in the Spiers Cen­tre. Tick­ets at the door are $10/$5.

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Mem­bers of Taipei’s Nan­men Ju­nior High School String Or­ches­tra un­der the lead­er­ship of a for­mer Palmer­ston North Boys’ High dux, Chris Ma, will play with the Manawatu Youth Or­ches­tra on Satur­day in the Spiers Cen­tre.

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