CELEBRATING 37 YEARS OF FINE MUSIC ON THE KAPITI COAST


CONCERT SEASON 2015

Memorial Hall, Pehi Kupa Street, Waikanae.
Sundays at 2.30pm

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Sunday 22 February at 2.30pm


Michael Houstoun – Piano


“It was Beethoven who woke me up to myself as a musician.
The thing about Beethoven is that he somehow synthesizes
human psychological truths, with all of their subtlety
and all of their range, into music.” - Michael Houstoun


Programme

 J S Bach: Partita No 1 in B flat
 S Rachmaninoff: Sonata No 2 in B flat minor, Opus 36
 L van Beethoven: Sonata in C, Opus 53, “Waldstein”
Houstoun


What could be better than to open the 2015 season with a recital from New Zealand’s most treasured pianist Michael Houstoun. It is three years since he last gave us a solo performance in February 2012. Since then, to mark his 60th birthday, he has once again performed the full cycle of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas around the country, giving 40 concerts to capacity audiences in 10 different centres, an amazing feat that he first achieved some two decades ago. We will be privileged to hear one of these sonatas “The Waldstein”, along with works by two other composers with whom Michael has always had a close affinity, J S Bach and Rachmaninoff.

Michael Houstoun is not only New Zealand’s foremost pianist: he ranks among the great Beethoven pianists of our age. We can be eternally grateful that he chose to return to New Zealand after his spectacular sweep of prizes in three prestigious piano competitions – the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (1973), Leeds Competition (1975) and Tchaikovsky Competition (1982). He is hugely in demand for solo recitals, concertos and chamber concerts the length of the country, including his regular tours with the Michael Hill International Violin Competition winners. In 2012, he received a CNZM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.




Sunday 22 March at 2.30pm


Amici Plays Bach

“The playing simply kept up its extraordinarily vivid and physical
effect right to the end...... It was the kind of music-making that
makes life worth living.” Peter Mechen - Middle C


  Donald Armstrong   Violin         Robert Orr   Oboe
  Cristina Vaszilcsin   Violin         Andrew Joyce   Cello
  Malavika Gopal   Violin         Bridget Douglas   Flute
  Julia Joyce   Viola         Douglas Mews   Harpsichord
  Joan Perarnau Garriga   Double Bass

Programme

  J S Bach:   Ricecare from the Musical Offering
  J S Bach:   Brandenburg Concerto No 5
  J S Bach:   Concerto for Oboe and Violin
  J S Bach:   Air from Orchestral Suite No 3
  J S Bach:   Suite No 2 in B minor
Amici2015


The Amici Ensemble’s tireless leader Donald Armstrong can alwaysbe relied upon to bring us something innovative and appealing,and his latest offering is a particularly exciting one. For this concert our regular favourite ensemble will be augmented into a small Baroque orchestra to perform a complete programme dedicated to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. In a concert somewhat reminiscent of the good old days of the New Zealand Chamber Orchestra (of which Donald was the Musical Director) we will hear nine of the country’s finest musicians play a delectable selection of some of Bach’s best-known and best-loved music. Joining Donald will be NZSO firstviolinists Cristina Vaszilcsin and Malavika Gopal, with NZSO principals Julia Joyce (viola) and Andrew Joyce (cello). On double bass will be Joan Perarnau Garriga, the NZSO’s new acting principal bass from Spain. Starring in the prominent woodwind roles will be two more very popular NZSO principals: Bridget Douglas (flute) and Robert Orr (oboe). Harpsichordist Douglas Mews, well known early music specialist and Wellington City Organist, will complete this impressive line-up.
The Amici Plays Bach concert is generously sponsored by the Deane Endowment Trust.




Sunday 19th April at 2.30pm


New Zealand String Quartet

“We play in the moment...... The performance is alive ... we’re playing it
and revealing the surprises in it. Those revelations are what make live
performances so special. The audience needs to feel surprised by fresh
things in the work, otherwise they might as well be listening to a recording.
That’s why I think live performance will never die, it’s a totally different
experience.” Douglas Beilman (NZSQ)


  Helene Pohl   Violin         Gillian Ansell   Viola
  Douglas Beilman   Violin         Rolf Gjelsten   Cello

Programme

  Mozart:   String Quartet No 20 in D, K 499
  Shostakovich:   String Quartet No 3
  Dvořák:   String Quartet No 14 in A flat, Opus 105
NZSQ2015


It is with great pleasure that we welcome back the New Zealand String Quartet, to delight us with a programme of Mozart, Shostakovich and Dvořák. The quartet has established an international reputation for insightful interpretations, dynamic performing style and imaginative programming. The current members have played together as a full-time professional ensemble since 1994. Each of the members has been awarded the MNZM for services to music. Dedicated teachers as well as performers, the group is also Quartet-in Residence at the New Zealand School of Music. An extensive discography includes all the quartets of Mendelssohn, Bartók and Berg, many New Zealand compositions, works by Ravel, Debussy, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Dvořák, Wolf, and the premiere recording of the remarkable Zoltán Székely quartet. A recent release is Asian Music for String Quartet on the Naxos label, and a current project, also for Naxos, is all the Brahms string quartets as well as his string and clarinet quintets. In 2013/14 the quartet undertook a groundbreaking collaboration with the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra, China’s foremost traditional instrument ensemble, touring a programme of works by Chinese and New Zealand composers in both China and New Zealand.
The New Zealand String Quartet performs as part of a Chamber Music New Zealand tour..




Sunday 17 May at 2.30pm

Auckland Ensemble

“Caroline Almonte showed flawless taste and expressive mastery. Technically faultless, she played everything with great spirit” - La Nacion, Buenos Aires.

  Leo Phillips   Violin         Serenity Thurlow   Viola
  Edith Salzmann   Cello         Caroline Almonte   Piano

Programme

  Mozart:   Piano Quartet No 1 in G minor, K 478
  Brahms:   Piano Quartet No 3 in C minor, Opus 60
  Schumann:   Piano Quartet in E flat, Opus 47

Auckland Ensemble


The Auckland Ensemble is a newly formed group of musicians associated with the University of Auckland. Although it is a new ensemble, its members have played together in numerous combinations over many years, particularly at the annual Akaroa International Music Festival. We are pleased to welcome renowned English violinist Leo Phillips. He has performed extensively around the world as conductor, violin soloist and chamber musician, and as leader of many world-renowned orchestras and ensembles including The London Philharmonic, The Hallé Orchestra and the internationally regarded Nash Ensemble of London with whom he toured extensively and has made many critically acclaimed recordings. He is currently guest-tutoring at the University of Auckland. Violist Serenity Thurlow teaches at the Pettman Junior Academy of Auckland University and is also principal violist with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. German cellist Edith Salzmann is director of the Akaroa International Music Festival. Until recently she taught at the University of Canterbury where she was a member of the acclaimed Canterbury Trio, but she is now based at Auckland University. Caroline Almonte, one of Australia’s leading pianists, performs internationally and teaches at Melbourne University as well as giving masterclasses in Auckland. This distinguished ensemble will bring us a programme of favourite piano quartets by Mozart, Brahms and Schumann.





KAPITI STUDENT MUSICIANS' CONCERTS
Sunday 24th May 2015  at  2.30pm & 5pm

These concerts are designed to provide local music students with stage experience, (including learning how to acknowledge applause).
The first concert at 2.30 pm introduces junior students and at 5 pm more advanced students perform.
Entry is by donation. There is no set charge.

The standard of performance is improving year by year and these young people are among the best at their level.
We cannot know in advance just what each programme will contain, but there are always some very good pianists
and we also expect other instrumentalists or singers and some talented groups.




Sunday 28 June at 2.30pm


Te Kōkī Trio

“Megiddo’s solos soared with a pleasing blend of soul and poetry.
The highlight of the evening.” – (Singapore Straits Times)


  Martin Riseley   Violin
  Inbal Megiddo   Cello
  Jian Liu   Piano

Programme

  Fanny Mendelssohn: Piano Trio, Opus 11
  John Psathas: Island Songs
  Schubert: Trio No 2 in E flat, D 929

TeKoki Trio


One of the highlights of our 2013 season was the discovery of this wonderful Trio. Members of the trio have come together from vastly different backgrounds to Wellington where they are all lecturers at Te Kōkī - the New Zealand School of Music. As a trio they perform widely throughout New Zealand, as well as Australia, Singapore and Malaysia. Jian Liu, born in China and trained in the USA, is highly sought-after internationally as a solo pianist and chamber musician. New Zealand violinist Martin Riseley studied in the USA and performed for many years in USA and Canada before returning to New Zealand. Cellist Inbal Megiddo has an international background with performances in many prestigious venues throughout Asia, Europe, USA and Israel.

The trio’s programme is full of contrasts. There will be a rare opportunity to hear a trio by Fanny Mendelssohn, older sister of the great Felix Mendelssohn. Fanny was every bit as much of a child prodigy and brilliant adult musician as her brother, but prevailing attitudes of the time meant that as a woman she was not allowed to publish her works. As a stark contrast to the lush romanticism of her music will be New Zealand composer John Psathas’s evocative Island Songs, inspired by his Greek heritage. The programme is very satisfyingly rounded out with Schubert’s gloriously tuneful E flat Major Trio.
The Te Kōkī Trio is presented as part of a Chamber Music New Zealand tour.




Sunday 26 July at 2.30pm


Mimosa Ensemble

Of special interest to Waikanae Music Society:
bassoonist Todd Gibson-Cornish is one of our
Young Musicians Trust 2013 scholarship recipients.


  Hugh Roberts   Flute
  Thomas Hutchinson   Oboe
  Todd Gibson-Cornish   Bassoon
  Somi Kim   Piano

Programme

  Bruch:   Rumänische Melodie, Opus 83
  Philip Norman:   Birthday Music for flute solo
  Schumann:   Adagio und Allegro for oboe and piano
  Genzmer:   Trio for flute, bassoon and piano
  Beethoven:   Variations on ‘Là ci darem la mano’ for oboe, flute and bassoon
  Rachmaninoff:   Preludes for piano (selection)
  Elgar:   Romance for bassoon and piano
  Salina Fisher:   New work for flute, oboe, bassoon & piano

Hugh Roberts Todd Gibson-Cornish Thomas Hutchinson Somi Kim


It is a great delight to present this talented group of young performers who will be returning from their overseas studies to take part in the NZCT Chamber Music Contest Jubilee celebrations. They are all past winners of the contest, a distinction they share with so many of New Zealand’s leading musicians, Michael Houstoun included. The three wind players were section principals together in the NZSO National Youth Orchestra and have since played variously with the NZSO, Christchurch Symphony and Auckland Philharmonia. Their competition wins include the Australasian Double Reed (Thomas - 2010 and Todd - 2011) and Australian Flute Festival (Hugh - 2011). Somi, as a member of Estrella, was awarded the Pettman/Royal Over-Seas League Arts International Scholarship in 2012.

Hugh and Somi are now studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Todd is at the Royal College of Music, while Thomas is at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. Todd has recently performed with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra and Somi will perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and at St Martin-in-the-Fields.
The Mimosa Ensemble is presented as part of a Chamber Music New Zealand tour.




Sunday 30 August at 2.30pm



Takiri Ensemble

“Singing the role of Tatyana was Anna Leese who brought a
freshness and elegance to the role and a voice that was
captivating and poignant... Anna Leese provided all that was
necessary and she received a thundering ovation for it.”
(John Daly-Peoples, National Business Review)


Programme

  Schubert: Lieder: Solos and Trio
  Schumann: Spanische Liebeslieder, Opus 138
  Britten/Walton/Quilter/Vaughan Williams: English Songs and Duets
  Anthony Ritchie: Songs and Duets
  NZ commission: To be confirmed
Bianca Andrew Anna Leese Kirsten Simpson Robert Tucker Andrew Glover


Internationally acclaimed soprano Anna Leese thrilled us all with her wonderful recital in Waikanae in 2013. Now she returns with some of the finest of this country’s new generation of opera singers to present an ensemble along the same lines as her Prince Consort Group in the UK. Anna’s recent engagements include Musetta in La Boheme at the Royal Albert Hall, a Wigmore Hall recital, Brahms’ Requiem with St Thomas’s Choral Society (London) and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni for New Zealand Opera.
Mezzo-soprano Bianca Andrew, recently a finalist in the 2014 Lexus Song Quest, has been accepted into the Artist Masters programme at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music in London. Tenor Andrew Glover made his operatic debut in Il barbiere di Siviglia with New Zealand Opera and has performed with the NZSO and with orchestras in Tokyo, Christchurch and Perth. Bass Robert Tucker, a graduate of the Australian Opera Studio, has worked professionally with New Zealand Opera, Opera Japan and English Chamber Opera. Accompanying the ensemble will be the talented Kirsten Simpson who has vast experience in working with singers such as Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Dame Malvina Major, Sir Howard Morrison and Hayley Westenra.
The Tākiri Ensemble is presented as part of a Chamber Music New Zealand tour.




Sunday 20 September at 2.30pm


Jason Bae – Piano

“The finale ...was delivered by the young pianist with brilliance and swagger, maintaining a sense of excitement right through to the concluding flourishes.” (Peter Mechen – Middle C)

Programme

  Chopin:

  Four Ballades

  Liszt:

  Three Concert Etudes, S 144
   1. Il Lamento
   2. La leggierezza
   3. Un sospiro

  Liszt:

  Vallee d’Oberman

Jason Bae

This brilliant young New Zealand pianist returns from London for a second Chamber Music New Zealand tour following his triumphant 2013 tour when his skills and musical abilities awed audiences around the country. Born in South Korea in1991, Jason has packed more awards, prizes and performing triumphs into his young life than seems possible. He began studying piano at the age of five. When he was 12, he made his concerto debut with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra performing the Grieg Piano Concerto. Since then he has appeared as soloist with the NZSO National Youth Orchestra, Queensland Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia and Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. An honours graduate of Auckland University, he is now studying for a Master of Arts at the Royal Academy of Music in London. His long list of awards include: 1st prize in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition in New York (which gained him a Carnegie Hall recital), New Zealand Young Performer of the Year in 2008, 2nd prize at the Australian Lev Vlassenko International Piano Competition in 2009, and 1st in New Zealand’s inaugural National Wallace Piano Competition in 2013. Upcoming performances include recitals at Steinway Hall and Bloomsbury Festival in London and for the New Zealand Wallace Piano Festival. Jason has a great affinity withthe romantics and we will have the luxury of enjoying an entire programme of Chopin and Liszt.
Jason Bae performs as part of a Chamber Music New Zealand tour.




Sunday 11 October at 2.30pm


Scholarship Showcase





This concert is a new initiative which we hope will become an annual event.

Scholarship Showcase

Since 2009 the Waikanae Music Society Charitable Trust for Young Musicians has been awarding annual scholarships to promising young New Zealand musicians. We have now made a total of 21 grants to assist with studies both in New Zealand and overseas, or towards other expenses such as instruments and bows.

Already some of these recipients have returned to our concert stage as professionals. They are:

      • Nicholas Hancox (violin) with the Antipodes Trio in 2011

      • Lindsay McLay (viola), Alice Gott (cello) and Emma Yoon (violin) with the Lazarus String Quartet in 2013

      • Todd Gibson-Cornish (bassoon) will appear with the Mimosa Ensemble in 2015

Our intention is to invite scholarship holders to perform in this concert so that our audience can appreciate their talents, and also to demonstrate the value of the generous contributions that have been made to the Trust. As many of the scholars will be overseas we cannot tell you who will be appearing, but be assured that it will be an exciting occasion and something of which our Society can justifiably feel very proud. These fine young musicians are the absolute essence of the future of music in New Zealand.

Ticket prices are $15 and proceeds from the concert will go towards creating future scholarships.

Please note this concert is not part of the season ticket package.





KAPITI STUDENT MUSICIANS' CONCERT
Sunday 15th November, 2015 at 4pm
In this concert students at all levels perform. As with the June student concerts,
this is an opportunity for young people to develop stage experience and it helps them to have an enthusiastic audience.

The concert follows the Society’s AGM. Non-members are also most welcome. Entry is by donation. There is no set charge.




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The Waikanae Music Society reserves the right to change programme content or artists without prior notice.

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