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Eight J.S. Bach Masterpieces

Eight J.S. Bach Masterpieces

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  • Sun 12 Mar ’17, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Sun 19 Mar ’17, 3:00pm – 5:00pm


Hanover Hall, 65 Hanover St, Dunedin, Dunedin


All Ages

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Eight J.s. Bach Masterpieces the Complete ‘violin With Keyboard’ Sonatas
Hanover Hall, Hanover Street, Dunedin, Sundays 12 & 19 March 2017 at 3.00 pm

Two eminent Dunedin musicians, Sydney Manowitz (violin) and Donald Cullington (keyboard), present two concerts featuring the music of J.S. Bach, ‘Genius of the Baroque’ – these eight sonatas being performed as a set, possibly for the first time in Dunedin.

London-born Sydney Manowitz took advanced studies at the Juilliard School in New York. Later in his career, he toured with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and still remembers the excitement of performing Rachmaninov under André Previn in Tokyo and Hong Kong. For a number of years, he was the lead 1st violin of Dunedin’s own symphony orchestra and is thrilled to be making music in the DSO’s new home. These days Sydney focuses on recitals, and really enjoys teaching young violin players.

Lincolnshire-born Donald Cullington read Classics at Cambridge but soon turned to music, studying with such notable piano teachers as Diny Schramm in Wellington and Kendall Taylor in London, and participating in the Concours Reine Elisabeth. He has since pursued a varied musical career as executant, teacher and academic. For many years a regular piano and organ soloist in NZ and the UK, he has also partnered many noted musicians. Donald loves playing all sorts of piano music, from Bach to Boogie-woogie.

The two musicians joined forces in the Manowitz-Cullington Duo in 2014, and have since played at various South Island venues, most recently giving three Dunedin concerts of all Beethoven’s ten violin-and-piano sonatas in May 2016.

J.S. Bach’s eight violin-and-keyboard sonatas contain some of his finest instrumental music but have probably never before been performed as a complete series in Dunedin. They will show any and every music-lover a less familiar side of Bach’s huge output. Nearly three hundred years young, his music still appeals to people of many nations and cultures – and to fans of every type of music, not just classical! Who else but J.S. Bach could give his hearers such dancing rhythms, such appealing melodies and such gripping harmonies?

Come and be part of these two rare occasions, and hear for yourselves the infinite variety of the music penned by one of the world’s true greats. You don’t need tickets – these are Koha events!

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