It’s all hap­pen­ing at The Globe

The Tribune (NZ) - - SAVOUR -

The Globe’s 2016 ac­qui­si­tion of a Stein­way Con­cert Grand pi­ano has opened up a new range of per­for­mance op­por­tu­ni­ties for the the­atre – stun­ningly demon­strated by in­ter­na­tion­ally­ac­claimed pi­anist Michael Hous­toun’s epic ren­di­tion of Bach’s ‘The 48’ over two days in mid-March this year.

The Stein­way has also been used to score the Mozart op­eretta Cosi Fan Tutte, pro­vid­ing both melody and mirth in Kane Par­son’s All the Right Notes (just not nec­es­sar­ily in the

right or­der) and as a fre­quent in­stru­ment used in the Sun­day Mati­nee se­ries.

The Globe’s Op­er­a­tions Man­ager, Roger Buchanan, says the Globe is prov­ing to be the ideal venue for con­certs of this type.

‘‘It is far bet­ter for a per­former to play to a full smaller the­atre than to the front few rows of a much larger space,’’ he says.

‘‘The in­ti­macy pro­vided by our Globe 1 au­di­to­rium helps build the con­nec­tion be­tween mu­si­cian and lis­tener. Cer­tainly the au­di­ence who came to hear Michael play Bach clearly felt that way.’’

As al­ways, there has been ‘off stage’ ac­tiv­ity along with the ‘on’. In re­cent months, the staff’s fo­cus has turned to the up­grade of the orig­i­nal Globe 1 the­atre and its fa­cil­i­ties.

Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil has pro­vided for the re­paint­ing and re­car­pet­ing of the dress­ing rooms and re­hearsal room, as well as new LED light­ing, and the the­atre has just taken re­ceipt of a brand new sound sys­tem which will see its first use dur­ing this year’s In­ter­na­tional Jazz Fes­ti­val over Queen’s Birth­day Weekend.

‘‘It’s ex­cit­ing,’’ says Re­la­tion­ships Man­ager Wil­liam Muir­head.

‘‘I think our vis­it­ing artists will re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the up­grade, not to men­tion our reg­u­lar per­form­ers who were used to how things were!’’

The Globe is avail­able to hire for a wide range of events, from cor­po­rate func­tions and pub­lic meet­ings to dance, drama and clas­si­cal recitals. Any­one in­ter­ested in learn­ing more about the Globe’s fa­cil­i­ties should email info@glo­bethe­ or call 06 3514409.

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