‘‘Pied pipers’’ seek con­cert fol­low­ers


The pipes are call­ing as France-based or­gan­ist Christo­pher Hainsworth re­turns to Palmer­ston North. On his cur­rent tour, the or­gan­ist of Beziers Cathe­dral is bring­ing vir­tu­oso clar­inet­tist An­drei Frei­dine for ‘‘Two Pied Pipers – An En­ter­tain­ment’’ at St An­drews in the City this Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 27.

Roy Tankser­s­ley of the Manawatu Or­gan Group says as its ti­tle sug­gests, the twi­light con­cert at 6pm will in­volve some au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion.

‘‘Par­tic­u­larly for young in­stru­men­tal play­ers and mu­sic en­thu­si­asts. An­drei will in­ter­act with the au­di­ence and in­vite them to join a Piped Piper pro­ces­sion.’’

While the com­bi­na­tion of clar­inet and or­gan is un­usual, Roy says it is sur­pris­ingly suc­cess­ful.

‘‘Au­di­ences are al­ter­nately moved by the ex­pres­sive beauty of An­drei’s play­ing, stag­gered by his breath­tak­ing vir­tu­os­ity and ex­cited by the duo’s lively ren­di­tion of pop­u­lar mu­sic.’’

The pair will be per­form­ing a var­ied pro­gramme of clas­si­cal, tra­di­tional, jazz and klezmer mu­sic, in­clud­ing Mozart’s Clar­inet Con­certo, Rossini’s vir­tu­oso Vari­a­tions, as well as a cou­ple of marches, the foot-tap­ping jazz clas­sics of Gersh­win and Good­man, and stun­ning in­ter­pre­ta­tions of Klezmer mu­sic with its ex­tra­or­di­nary ex­pres­sion of tragic and joy­ous emo­tions.

‘‘It’s mu­sic that weeps pro­fusely but also dances deliri­ously.’’

A reg­u­lar tourist to New Zealand, Christo­pher is known for his en­joy­able, in­for­ma­tive and thought-pro­vok­ing per­for­mances. Keen on pop­u­lar mu­sic and on ac­com­pa­ny­ing silent movies, he was also harp­si­chord soloist in Bach’s Fifth Bran­den­burg Con­certo with the Mont­pel­lier Na­tional Or­ches­tra last year, and or­gan soloist in Han­del’s Bb Con­certo with the Liege Phil­har­monic Cham­ber Or­ches­tra.

An­drei teaches clar­inet and com­puter mu­sic stud­ies at the Beziers Con­ser­va­toire, records a va­ri­ety of artists in his stu­dio, and works on acous­tic projects for Euro­con­t­role who are re­spon­si­ble for Euro­pean airspace man­age­ment. He has also been a guest on Fred­eric Lodeon’s mu­sic pro­gramme on France In­ter Ra­dio and France 3 TV has broad­cast two pro­grammes on his life and ac­tiv­i­ties.

Fol­low­ing the hour long con­cert there will be re­fresh­ments on the lawn. Ad­mis­sion is by pro­gramme avail­able at the door on the night. The Manawatu Or­gan Group is grate­ful for as­sis­tance pro­vided through the Cre­ative Com­mu­ni­ties Scheme of Palmer­ston North.

‘‘Pied Pipers’’ or­gan­ist Christo­pher Hainsworth and clar­inet­tist An­drei Frei­d­line are in con­cert this Satur­day evening. Photo SUP­PLIED

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