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Waikato University Soloists

Waikato University Soloists

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  • Sun 18 May ’14, 3:00pm – 5:00pm


Church of St George & St John, 30 Domain Road, Whakatane Show map


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $20.00
  • Groups 6+ adults (per person): $15.00
  • Music Soc member: $15.00
  • Child: $5.00

The Whakatane Music Society is very pleased to announce that one of its most popular concerts, young musicians from the University of Waikato, will return on Sunday 18 May at the Church of St George & St John, Domain Road, Whakatane at a new time of 3.00pm.
The programme will be wide-ranging. It will feature Whakatane's Dolan Cox at the piano in Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G minor with a tremendous line-up of stunning string players (Ngaruaroha Martin – violin, Jin Kim – viola and Charlotte Ketel – cello). Ngaruaroha Martin will also play a violin solo and Jin Kim may do too, also on the violin.
‘Quattro’ (a four-cello ensemble) showcases some of Australasia's most outstanding cellists: Catherine Kwak (who won 2nd place in the 2013 Gisborne International Instrumental Competition and was a prize-winner in the International Brahms Cello Competition in Vienna in 2012); Sam Lucas (Australia's top young cellist who came 3rd in the 2013 Gisborne International Instrumental Competition and has just come from Australia to study at Waikato University with James Tennant this year); along with Alexander Swale and Jacky Siu who are both Hillary Scholars. They will play absolutely gorgeous works by Wagner, Mozart and Piazzolla. Katherine Austin, Senior Lecturer in piano & Concert Coordinator at the university says: “They have been working hard and fabulously together all year and will be a very special treat for everyone!” Catherine Kwak will also play a very wonderful solo Sonata by Shostakovich and Sam Lucas will also perform solo.
People who attended last year’s concert will remember the highly talented pianist Andrew Leathwick. In 2013 he won the National Concerto Competition and will be in the group again to play something stunning.
Katherine Austin also hopes to bring Whakatane's flautist, Adele Hanright, and her pianist, Jeremy Wood (who comes from Napier), as well as clarinettist Nathaniel Smorti.
In line with the Whakatane Music Society’s aim of stimulating and encouraging young musicians; members and friends are billeting the students overnight so they can give concerts at Trident and Whakatane High Schools on the Monday, before they return to Hamilton.
The public concerts by the Waikato University musicians have become increasingly popular as Whakatane audiences realise their very high calibre. People are therefore advised to book, rather than chancing door sales, either at ‘The Good Life’, 194 The Strand, Whakatane. Groups of six or more adults attract a 25% discount off the modest adult price of $20. Children are only $5.

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