Cham­ber marks 50th year

US pi­anist fea­tures in con­cert

Wanganui Midweek - - NEWS -

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 ing.cull@gmail.com and you can find out more from the NZ String Quar­tet web­site https:/ /nzsq.org.nz.

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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.

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