Sunday Afternoon Concert Series

Tairawhiti Museum's Sunday afternoon concert series programme for 2017.

All performers are current or recent graduates from the New Zealand School of Music.
Each concert starts at 2pm at the museum, $5 adults at the door, students with ID and children free with thanks to Professor Jack C Richards.

14 May: Reuben Chen (saxophone ) and Kirsty Robertson (piano)
Reuben Chin is a recent Masters graduate from the NZSM, and Kirsty Robertson works as an accompanist at the NZSM. Together they will be performing an exciting and varied programme of classical saxophone music that showcases their virtuosity, lyricism and tone colours.

11 June: James Jin (violin) and Xing Wang (piano)
James Jin is the Associate Principle 2nd Violinist in the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and Xing Wang is currently completing her PhD degree in the New Zealand School of Music. Together they will present an exciting programme of violin-piano duos.

The first part of the programme features two folk-inspired pieces, the famous Nigun by swiss-born Jewish composer Ernest Bloch and a beautiful Chinese piece ‘Sunshine on Tashkurgan’ by Gang Chen. These two pieces have very different origins yet share strikingly similar characteristics. For the second part of the programme, the duo presents Beethoven’s virtuosic violin sonata no.3 in E-flat major.

9 July: Alexander Boulton and Oscar Laven – jazz duo
Oscar Laven and Alexander Boulton are a pair of busy professional players from the depths of the ever-expanding Wellington jazz scene, in which they perform in a fair few different bands together. Described as "sartorial supermen", Laven and Boulton offer a rigorously curated journey through only the most eternally-hip jazz of the 1930's through 1950's in an intimate setting, all whilst dressed to the nines.

13 August: Xing Wang (piano)
For her 2017 recital Xing Wang will bring her Gisborne audience a piano solo recital with some of the most beloved classical pieces, including Mozart’s Piano Sonata in A major K331 (3rd movement known as Turkish March); Beethoven ‘Rage over a Lost Penny’ (Op.129); ‘Fur Elise’; and ‘Träumerei’ by Schumann.

10 September: Joe Haddow and Pasquale Orchard (vocal)
Two rising opera singers - soprano Pasquale Orchard and tenor Joseph Haddow, with associate artist Bruce Greenfield - will perform a selection of favourite arias from both opera and musical theatre. Joseph and Pasquale are both studying towards their Honours at the Te Koki New Zealand School of Music in Wellington. These performers are passionate for the stage and hope to make opera their career.

8 October: Emma Sandford and Joel Baldwin (guitar).
The New Zealand School of Music Classical Guitar Duo features Emma Sandford and Joel Baldwin, both in their graduating year of a performance degree in classical guitar. Their programme includes works by composers from the renaissance through to the 21st century, including famous Spanish composers Isaac Albeniz and Enrique Granados as well as contemporary Polish composer Marek Pasieczny.

Restrictions: All Ages


Cost Type: Adults - $5
Cost Type: Students with ID, Children - $0


Sun 14 May, 2:00pm-3:00pm
Sun 11 Jun, 2:00pm-3:00pm
Sun 09 Jul, 2:00pm-3:00pm
Sun 13 Aug, 2:00pm-3:00pm
Sun 10 Sep, 2:00pm-3:00pm
Sun 08 Oct, 2:00pm-3:00pm

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