Trio show

The Tribune (NZ) - - FRONT PAGE - RICHARD MAYS

‘‘There will be quite a range of mu­sic, from baroque... to the theme from Schindler's List.’’ Joanna Dann

Palmer­ston North cham­ber mu­sic group Trio Bella is some­thing of a mis­nomer. It is a trio with four mem­bers.

How­ever, not for much longer - the quar­tet is about to lose two play­ers. Next month, cel­list Joanna Dann and vi­o­lin­ist Nathan Pinkney are head­ing off to univer­sity mu­sic schools.

Be­fore they go, the combo with flutist Diana Neild and key­board player Chris Dann, will be giv­ing a thank you con­cert at St An­drews in the City to sup­port­ers and fans, while also rais­ing study funds for Pinkney and Dann.

‘‘And it’s to have a bit of fun be­fore we leave,’’ Pinkney said.

The 21-year-old ap­pren­tice elec­tri­cian, who started play­ing when he was 8, is off to study for a bach­e­lor of mu­sic at the Univer­sity of Auck­land, ma­jor­ing in vi­o­lin.

‘‘My goal is to be a pro­fes­sional cham­ber mu­si­cian,’’ he said.

Like Dann, Pinkney was home­schooled and grew up in a mu­si­cal fam­ily. His fa­ther and two el­der broth­ers also played vi­o­lin.

Dann, 18, who has been play­ing since she was 6, is also plan­ning a mu­sic de­gree, ma­jor­ing in cello per­for­mance at the Univer­sity of Waikato.

‘‘I just want to see where the mu­sic leads me - to play in an orches­tra, or in a cham­ber group. I’d quite like to teach, even­tu­ally,’’ Dann said.

Dann joined Trio Bella when she was 14, and said the 6pm con- cert on Satur­day, Jan­uary 28 would fea­ture sev­eral favourites from the cham­ber group’s reper­toire over the years.

‘‘There will be quite a range of mu­sic, from baroque mu­sic by Tele­mann, some Dvo­rak, to the theme from Schindler’s List.‘‘

Other pieces in­clude the gyp­systyled Czardas by Monti that Pinkney said had been ar­ranged spe­cially for vi­o­lin and cello, and will be one of the duets show­cas­ing the two young play­ers.

The early even­ing con­cert will be the last chance to hear Trio Bella for a while, though Dann and Pinkney will be back from time to time on se­mes­ter breaks.

The pair will be shar­ing the pro­ceeds from the con­cert to boost their re­spec­tive study pools.

DAVID UN­WIN/FAIR­FAX NZ.

Trio Bella’s cel­list Joanna Dann and vi­o­lin­ist Nathan Pinkney.

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