Amici En­sem­ble re­turns

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One of New Zealand’s most pop­u­lar quin­tets is play­ing at Grey­town Mu­sic Group’s last con­cert of the year this Sun­day.

Amici En­sem­ble was formed in 1988 by NZSO as­sis­tant con­cert­mas­ter Don­ald Arm­strong, and is com­mit­ted to per­form­ing works of all pe­ri­ods for dif­fer­ing com­bi­na­tions of in­stru­ments from the very small to the very large.

As the name sug­gests, the members of the en­sem­ble are great friends, and also col­leagues, from prin­ci­pal chairs of the NZSO. They are joined for this con­cert by well known in­ter­na­tional pi­anist Jian Liu.

The en­sem­ble will be per­form­ing the beau­ti­ful Trout Quin­tet by Franz Schu­bert. NZSO mem­ber Don­ald Arm­strong, who plays the vi­olin said The Trout Quin­tet is one of the most sub­lime pieces ever writ­ten.

‘‘It uses the un­usual com­bi­na­tion of pi­ano, vi­olin, vi­ola, cello and dou­ble bass. The cen­tre of the work is a set of vari­a­tions based on a Schu­bert song, The Trout, where young ladies are warned to be care­ful of young men fish­ing.’’

Round­ing out an ap­peal­ing pro­gramme is Shostakovich Pi­ano Trio No 2, and Rossini Duo for Cello and Dou­ble Bass. Rossini, mostly known as a com­poser of opera, wrote the Duo for a rich banker in 1825, to be played at his Lon­don man­sion. It is full of gor­geous tunes, us­ing the lyri­cism of the cello and the live­li­ness of the dou­ble bass.

As Arm­strong says: ‘‘ Come and hear this pro­gramme, there is some­thing for ev­ery­one.’’

This year’s en­sem­ble in­cludes a truly in­ter­na­tional group of play­ers.

Amici En­sem­ble: 4pm Sun­day 8 Oc­to­ber, at 57 Wood Street, Grey­town, ad­mis­sion $25 adults, $10 stu­dents. Book­ings are es­sen­tial. Phone Ed and Juliet Cooke on 06 304 9497 to re­serve a seat.

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