Piano recital ends concert series
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 — email@example.com
Michael Houstoun with the award for best classical album during the New Zealand Music Awards in 2013, is performing in Whanganui on Friday.