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Globe Theatre Trio Concert

Globe Theatre Trio Concert

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  • Sun 28 May ’17, 2:30pm – 4:00pm


Globe Theatre, 312 Main St, Palmerston North


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission by donation: $5.00

2017 Sunday Matinee Performances.

Pamela Dowsett - violin/viola, Robert Dussler - cello and Guy Donaldson - piano.

Three musicians who are well-known in the Manawatu and beyond combine for the next Globe Sunday Matinee.

Pamela Dowsett graduated with a Master Diploma in piano and violin from Queensland. She went on to do post-graduate study in Brussels with Arthur Grumiaux and also studied in Switzerland and London. From 1971-1980 she was a soloist and principal player with Australian symphony orchestras.

From 1980- 1993 Pamela was Executant Lecturer in violin at the University of Otago during which time she established a reputation as a performer, teacher, and examiner, touring Australia and New Zealand and also performing in Singapore, Paris, Bonn, Rome and the UK.

From 2000-2005 Pamela was based in Brittany, France, where she taught at three Conservatoires. Pamela is now a freelance teacher, performer and examiner and is also frequently heard as gypsy jazz violinist at top venues in Wellington. In this concert, she will be heard playing both the violin and the viola.

Robert Dussler grew up in a musical family in Hamburg, Germany where he studied cello and also worked as a successful actor in German theatre, TV and film until he left Germany for Scotland and later New Zealand. Here he furthered his studies with Euan Murdoch and investigated various approaches to teaching string instruments. He now teaches the cello in Palmerston-North, Otaki and at his studio in Paekakariki.

Guy Donaldson received his formative piano instruction from Maurice Collier, and then at Canterbury University with Maurice Till. In 1984 he studied in London with Paul Hamburger and Roger Vignoles. Guy was a senior lecturer in music education at Massey until 2004 when he took leave to pursue his passion for performance and music teaching. He is active in the Manawatu as a teacher, adjudicator, piano soloist, accompanist, chamber music player and music coach, and is the musical director of the Renaissance Singers.

The pieces in the concert all have in common being written by German composers, and in all the pieces the performance has developed in some way from the original idea of the composer. The opening piece by Bach was originally written for a now obsolete instrument, the viola da gamba, which belonged to the family of fretted string instruments like a guitar but was played upright between the legs like a modern cello. In this performance, the instrument is played on the cello and the original harpsichord part is played on the piano.

Brahms was approaching the end of his life when he was inspired to set aside his decision to retire from composing when he heard a solo clarinettist whose beautiful playing inspired him to take up his pen and write two clarinet sonatas before his death, both of them masterpieces. Brahms went on to rewrite these works for viola with alterations to better suit the instrument. It is in this form that the second sonata will be heard today.

The composer Mendelssohn was, like Brahms, a very fine pianist. When Mendelssohn wrote his trio for violin, cello and piano a colleague of Mendelssohn gave him the advice to revise the piece and particularly to highlight the brilliance of the piano writing. Schumann approved of the particularly significant role of the piano in the composition and declared Mendelssohn to be "the Mozart of the nineteenth century, the most illuminating of musicians."

The trio is a veritable chamber piano concerto. It is one of Mendelssohn's most popular chamber works and is recognised as one of his greatest.

Admission by donation (recommended from $5).

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