10 May 2020
Classical Guitar Duo
Te Koki Guitar Duo, Sirisan Sobhanasiri (Thailand) and Christopher Everest (New Zealand) have come together under the guidance of Dr Jane Curry (Head of Classical Guitar the New Zealand School of Music) to present a diverse programme featuring music from the western classical cannon as well as pieces from Thailand and New Zealand. Included in their repertoire are pieces from major composers such as Scarlatti, Debussy, Stravinsky, that have been arranged for two guitars.
14 June 2020
This concert presents two of the New Zealand School of Music’s most talented students in concert — LJ Crchton and Michaela Cardwgan. Both have already won several competition and scholarship prizes, and the future looks promising in both opera and concert repertoire. Soprano Michaela Cadwgan is noted for her beautiful tone and emotional connection to the music and verse she sings. Samoan tenor LJ Crichton has a big personality and brings joy wherever he sings. They will sing some songs you know and others you won’t and some wonderful exciting duets together.
12 July 2020
Violin and Piano Duo
Two of our favorite musicians – James Jin violinist and pianist Xing Wang — return for a program of both piano solo and violin-piano. Both US trained and now based in Auckland, James plays with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra and Xing is much in demand both as a solo pianist as well as a collaborative pianist. Their program will include works of variety, vibrancy and beauty that will both dazzle and delight.
9 August 2020
Eclectic woodwind specialist Oscar Lavën and guitarist Adrian Jensen join forces to interpret a selection of pieces hailing from the popular ‘Hot Club’ genre; the energetic Romani traveller version of swing popular in 1940’s Paris. Join these two busy Wellington artists as they explore music dripping in equal parts film-noir surrealism and peppery swing-era groove – a concert not to be missed.
13 September 2020
Seven Inspiring Young Singers from Napier’s Project Prima Volta
Project Prima Volta uses singing as a tool to engage, empower and educate young people grappling with their identity and environment. Each year 30 teenagers from entirely diverse backgrounds are accepted for a year-long programme of coaching and mentoring, culminating in their performance in a fully staged classical opera. PPV empowers young people to believe in themselves, to dream big, to seize opportunities and to thrive into adulthood. In turn, they go on to lead rewarding and fulfilling adult lives; and in doing so, they contribute to stronger, more cohesive and progressive communities here in Hawke’s Bay and beyond.