Chamber marks 50th year
US pianist features in concert
2018 marks the 50th year of Chamber Music Wanganui’s association with Chamber Music NZ, or the National Federation of Chamber Music as it was back in the 1960s. This long-standing association has helped provide our community with international quality live performances on a regular basis and the subscription series for 2018 is no exception.
The first concert of the series will be given on Saturday, March 17 at 7.30pm in the Concert Chamber of the War Memorial Centre. The performers are the NZ String Quartet, (patrons of Chamber Music Wanganui), together with visiting American pianist Diane Walsh. In addition to their joint concert in Whanganui, Diane will perform with the NZ String Quartet in Auckland and, while in NZ will perform solo for the Marton Music Society as well as for Victoria University’s School of Music and the Waikato Conservatorium of Music.
Diane is a former prize winner in the Ferruccio Busoni, Van Cliburn and Salzburg Mozart competitions and highlights of her career include recitals at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Reviews of her playing have talked about her “intelligent virtuosity” as well as her “exquisite care and loving touch”.
The concert on March 17 features music of Beethoven (String Quartet op59 no 2), as well as Elgar’s magnificent Piano Quintet, written in 1918 during an intense period of chamber music writing which also produced his Violin Sonata in E minor and the String Quartet in E minor. 2018 is not only the centenary of the end of World War I, hence the inclusion of Elgar’s great work, but it also marks the centenary of the death of Debussy, one of the most influential composers of his time. Diane will perform some solo piano music by Debussy from Images including the famous Reflets dans l’eau (Reflections in the water).
Tickets for this concert are available in advance from the Royal Wanganui Opera House, or at the door (no eftpos). Adults $35, seniors $32, subscribers $20 (or by prepaid entry), students $5. Subscriptions will be on sale at the door — $30 for general (which gives a discount price of $20 for each concert) or $95 for full (giving four pre-paid tickets — equivalent to four tickets for less than the price of three.).
Chamber Music Wanganui would like to express sincere thanks to the Cleveland Funeral Home which is sponsoring this concert, and to the many other sponsors who are supporting the series.
For further information about becoming a subscriber, contact Ingrid Culliford at email@example.com and you can find out more from the NZ String Quartet website https:/ /nzsq.org.nz.
EXQUISITE CARE: Diane Walsh, who was the original pianist for 33 Variations and gave more than 100 performances on Broadway, is coming to Whanganui with the New Zealand String Quartet.