Pi­ano recital ends con­cert se­ries

Whanganui Midweek - - COMMUNITY LINK -

Michael Hous­toun needs no in­tro­duc­tion to the New Zealand pub­lic.

As one of the coun­try’s most cel­e­brated soloists and cham­ber mu­si­cians, Michael con­tin­ues to in­spire au­di­ences with his solo and col­lab­o­ra­tive per­for­mances.

A solo recital from Michael Hous­toun is al­ways in­spir­ing, and an event not to be missed.

On Fri­day Novem­ber 9, at 7.30pm he will per­form in the Royal Wan­ganui Opera House to con­clude Cham­ber Mu­sic Wan­ganui’s 50th an­niver­sary se­ries. Michael’s pro­gramme cen­tres around the four Chopin Bal­lades, com­ple­mented by Mozart’s A mi­nor Sonata K 310 and Bach’s English Suite no 2 in A mi­nor.

Chopin’s pi­anoforte bal­lades (Opus Nos. 23, 38, 47 & 52), com­posed be­tween 1831 and 1842, are a feast of Ro­man­ti­cism.

Com­posed in one move­ment, the Bal­lades move through a range of emo­tion, de­mand­ing ten­der sim­plic­ity one mo­ment fol­lowed im­me­di­ately by ex­treme tech­ni­cal vir­tu­os­ity.

From a re­cent recital in Dunedin, the re­viewer wrote….

“Hous­toun rose to the in­ter­pre­tive chal­lenge with sub­limely pow­er­ful de­liv­er­ies.

“Dra­matic out­bursts con­trasted with pas­sion­ate re­turn­ing nos­tal­gic themes, and his rapt au­di­ence re­warded with long ap­plause and stand­ing ova­tion.” (Otago Daily Times, Septem­ber 25, 2018)

Cham­ber Mu­sic Wan­ganui thanked all the spon­sors who had helped to make the 50th An­niver­sary se­ries a suc­cess, and es­pe­cially Driv­ing Miss Daisy which is the nom­i­nated spon­sor for this con­cert.

Tick­ets are avail­able in ad­vance, or on the night, from the box of­fice of the Royal Wan­ganui Opera House. Adults 35, Se­niors $32, Cham­ber Mu­sic Wan­ganui sub­scribers $20, stu­dents $5.

■ For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, con­tact In­grid Cul­li­ford — ing.cull@gmail.com

PIC­TURE / GETTY IM­AGES

Michael Hous­toun with the award for best clas­si­cal al­bum dur­ing the New Zealand Mu­sic Awards in 2013, is per­form­ing in Whanganui on Fri­day.

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