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Andrei Freidine (Clarinet) & Christopher Hainsworth (Organ)

Andrei Freidine (Clarinet) & Christopher Hainsworth (Organ)

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  • Fri 26 Feb ’16, 6:30pm – 8:00pm


Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Buckle St, Mt Cook, Wellington Show map


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $28.00

Renowned organist Christopher Hainsworth returns with the brilliant Russian clarinetist Andreï Freïdine for a special Wellington Concert in support of The Maxwell Fernie Trust at a truly unique venue – the Hall of Memories underneath the National War Memorial Carillon on Buckle Street.

The Hall of Memories has limited seating, restricted to 115 pre-sold tickets which can be obtained directly through online purchase from Eventbrite for $28 (including service fee) – or for $25 by bank deposit or cheque payment (please email fernie@paradise.net.nz for payment details).

The combination of clarinet and organ is unusual but as they showed on their 2014 tour, surprisingly successful, audiences being alternately moved by the expressive beauty of Andrei’s playing, staggered by his breathtaking virtuosity and excited by their very lively rendition of popular music. They will again be performing a deliciously varied programme of classical, traditional, jazz and klezmer music, including Mozart’s divine Clarinet Concerto, Rossini’s virtuoso Variations, a couple of rollicking Marches and foot-tapping jazz classics of Gershwin and Goodman, and above all, stunning interpretations of Klezmer music with its extraordinary expression of tragic and joyous emotions, music that weeps profusely but also dances deliriously…

Julius Fucik (1872-1916) Florentine March Op.214
W.A.Mozart (1756-1791) Concerto pour clarinet KV622 (extract – allegro)
Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835) Sonata for organ larghetto – allegro
Alexander Borodin (1833-1897) Notturno (from String Quartet no.2)
Satie (1866-1925) Gymnopédie I
Polibio Fumagalli (1830-1900) Festive March for organ
Martin Lodge (1954- ) Enigma no.1, Homage to Douglas Lilburn
Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868) Introduction, Thème et Variations
C.S.Lang (NZ1891-UK1971) Tuba Tune for organ
George Gershwin (1898-1937) Prelude no.2
Hampton-Goodman Vibraphone Blues…
Klezmer highlights: Babsi’s Freilach…
Noel Rawsthorne (1929- ) March: On Ilkley Moor (organ)
Bach’s Badinerie arranged for transverse clarinet… and other clarinet « pieces »

Andrei Freidine – Clarinet
Andrei Freidine began his studies at the St. Petersburg Conservatoire and then went to the Moscow Conservatoire, before moving to France, where he obtained his Premier Prix (1993) and Prix d’Excellence (1994) at the Versailles Conservatoire. Andrei now teaches clarinet and Computer Music Studies at the Beziers Conservatoire.

Christopher Hainsworth – Organ
“One of New Zealand’s most entertaining classical organists”, Chris tours New Zealand regularly with entertaining, informative and thought-provoking performances.

Chris studied organ with Ernest Jamieson (St. Mark’s Church, Wellington), Maxwell Fernie (Westminster Cathedral, Victoria University and St. Mary of the Angels, Wellington) and subsequently with Jean Ferrard (Professor at the Conservatoire of Brussels).

After specialized studies of French Classical organ and harpsichord music (the latter with Paule van den Driessche and Scott Ross), the symphonic organ repertoire and the fortepiano, Chris has been free-lancing in France and around Europe for 30 years, often travelling with his 1830 fortepiano or his modern Leroy copy of a 1770 Taskin French harpsichord.

In 2004 he was Congress Recitalist at the NZ Organ Congress, and has toured New Zealand regularly since. When not playing, Chris has also been Associate Professor of Music at Waikato University, Director of Beziers Conservatoire (France), Director of Music at Hamilton Cathedral and Organist « titulaire » of Beziers Cathedral (his current position).

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