Dynamic duo take the stage

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Pianists Anderson & Roe. Photo: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

CHAMBER Music New Zealand’s (CMNZ) 2018 season opens this month with dynamic pianists Anderson & Roe.

It will be the first of four CMNZ concerts in Invercargill this year.

CMNZ chief executive Peter Walls said the season combined “breathtaking quality with extraordinary range, with illustrious artists, beautiful programmes and an enticing variety of genre and style”.

Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe will explore the rich intimacy of four hands on a single keyboard while fusing classical and pop music on Friday, March 23, at the Civic Theatre.

The programme for Invercargill includes arrangements of Bernstein’s West Side Story Suite, Mozart, Stravinsky, Brahms and Hallelujah Variations(Variations on a Theme by Leonard Cohen).

Walls said this tour would “ignore stylistic boundaries”.

“These two virtuoso pianists have been playing together since they were students at The Juilliard School. They project the meaning of what they play in witty and engaging ways.”

Ahead of Anderson & Roe’s performance, Southern Institute of Technology School of Contemporary Music programme manager Dr Sally Bodkin-Allen will give a preconcert talk at 6.45pm.

Dr Bodkin-Allen composes and arranges for local musical groups such as the Invercargill Garrison Brass Band and Southland Girls’ High School choir Femme, and is the mother of five young musicians.

Next month, during the Southland Arts Festival, Christchurch-born violinist Kate Oswin will perform with the all-female Behn Quartet.

Taking their name from trailblazing 17th century writer Aphra Behn, these fresh, fierce women have been earning rave reviews since forming two years ago and were the winners of the 2016 Amadeus Prize.

Their programme features Dvorak’s popular string quartet American and Jack Body’s Three Transcriptions.

Exciting Swedish/New Zealand ensemble Klara Kollektiv formed in 2016 to perform new repertoire and familiar favourites.

Based in Sweden, the ensemble features New Zealanders Anna McGregor (clarinet) and Manu Berkeljon (violin), together with Swedish pianist Taru Kurki. Performing in Invercargill in August, the programme features the New Zealand premiere of Anthony Ritchie’s Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano.

2017 Michael Hill International Violin Competition winner Ioana Cristina Goicea, from Romania, will perform in September with another major young musician to watch, the winner of the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition Russia’s Andrey Gugnin.

Together this duo will perform works including Schubert’s experimental Rondo Brilliant and sonatas by Enescu and Brahms.

Preconcert talks will be held before each of the concerts at 6.45pm, with the concerts beginning at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available from TicketDirect, or for more information go to www.chambermusic.co.nz

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