Cham­ber trio set to play at Cac­cia Birch

The Tribune (NZ) - - WHAT'S ON - RICHARD MAYS

Welling­ton-based, Palmer­ston North-raised NZSO cel­list Robert Ibell has another con­cert date in the city.

He re­turns with cham­ber trio the Aroha En­sem­ble next week to Cac­cia Birch for a per­for­mance of rarely heard master­works for string trio by Mozart, Beethoven, and Pol­ish com­poser Krzysztof Pen­derecki.

Ibell knows the trio’s other two mem­bers well. Hai­hong Liu, who also plays NZSO first vi­olin, and vi­ola player and vi­olin teacher, Zhongx­ian Jin are both mem­bers with Ibell of the renowned Aroha String Quar­tet.

Whether it’s with the NZSO or the Quar­tet, Ibell main­tains reg­u­lar con­tact with the city. Quar­tet mem­bers have been coach­ing string play­ers from the Manawatu Sin­fo­nia and Manawatu Youth Orches­tra in weekend work­shops for the past two years.

Though he wasn’t ros­tered to play for last Wed­nes­day’s NZSO free Sym­phonic Boo­gie fam­ily con­cert in the Re­gent on Broad­way, Ibell had spent the day in the city work­ing with young mu­si­cians from Frey­berg, Girls’ High, and Boys’ High.

The cel­list made one other con­cert visit to the city last year. In July he turned up as one half of duo Ham­mers & Horse­hair with pi­anist Dou­glas Mews for a salon con­cert at Cac­cia Birch.

‘‘Cac­cia Birch is perfect for cham­ber mu­sic - it has the right kind of size and am­bi­ence.’’

The 7.30pm con­cert is in the Awhina Room on Wed­nes­day, June 7.

PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Zhongx­ian Jin, Hai­hong Liu and Robert Ibell make up the Aroha En­sem­ble.

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