Chamber trio set to play at Caccia Birch
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.
Zhongxian Jin, Haihong Liu and Robert Ibell make up the Aroha Ensemble.