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Klezmer with the Kugels

Klezmer with the Kugels

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When:

  • Sun 12 May, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Where:

Futuna Chapel, Futuna Close, Friend Street, Karori, Wellington

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General admission: $10.00

Klezmer music is the folk music of Jewish people from Eastern and Central Europe and is currently enjoying a worldwide rebirth of interest and popularity. With passion and sensitivity, The Kugels play not only the wild and haunting tunes of traditional Klezmer, but also evocative original works by our eminent NZ composer and accordionist Ross Harris.

Ross Harris is one of our leading NZ composers, having been awarded an Arts Laureate in 2015 and is the recipient of numerous other prizes and awards. The career of Robin Perks spans from NZ to Germany and back, and he has recently retired from the NZ Symphony Orchestra, now devoting himself entirely to the art of Klezmer violin.

Debbie Rawson is probably best known as the leader of the ensemble Saxcess and is currently Head of Woodwind at the NZ School of Music, Victoria University. From playing violin in the Wellington Chamber Orchestra to leading street bands in Europe, Jacqueline Nordon is the ideal exponent of Klezmer bass and drives the ensemble with character and style.

Futuna Chapel in Karori will host a series of nine Sunday afternoon concerts. Beginning on Sunday 10 March, the chapel will resonate with music from choirs and instrumentalists. The chapel designed by architect John Scott in the early 1960’s has long been celebrated as one of New Zealand’s most significant buildings of the twentieth century.

It is regarded as a brilliant essay in geometry and coloured light, as well as for the way it draws on Scott’s Māori heritage.The chapel lends special acoustic qualities that will showcase a variety of musicians from Wellington. There is a wide selection of musical genre on display.

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