Chris Dann & Co to tinker with clas­sics


When Chris Dan & Co last played Te Manawa’s Sun­day Con­cert Se­ries, they proved to be ex­tremely pop­u­lar, ac­cord­ing to se­ries or­gan­iser Guy Don­ald­son.

‘‘Last year’s con­cert was one of the best at­tended and the re­sponse of the au­di­ence was highly en­thu­si­as­tic.’’

If that is any­thing to go by, con­cert-go­ers will need to ar­rive early to get the best seats in the gallery for this Sun­day, June 26. Chris on pi­ano will be joined by trom­bon­ist and trum­pet player Nick Van Dijk, sax­o­phon­ist and flautist Stephanie McKen­zie, cel­list Joanna Dann, with Nicky Wuts on vi­bra­phone for a blend of clas­si­cal and jazz im­pro­vi­sa­tion.

Re­cast into a jazz frame­work, the mu­sic in­cludes Ravel’s Bolero, the theme from Brahms’ Sym­phony No 3, and the theme from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. Chris says the idea is to not take nec­es­sar­ily the whole piece, but ex­plore a main theme as is typ­i­cally done with well-known jazz stan­dards.

‘‘Re­do­ing mu­sic in dif­fer­ent for­mats is re­ally part and par­cel of the history of mu­si­cal en­deav­ours,’’ Chris says.

Sun­day’s ensem­ble con­cert be­gins at 2.30pm and ad­mis­sion is by do­na­tion.


Pi­anist Chris Dann is re­turn­ing to Te Manawa’s Sun­day Con­cert Se­ries.

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