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Piano Trust Gala Concert

We are thrilled to announce, in addition our main 2015 concert series, a very special benefit concert featuring Michael Houstoun, Diedre Irons and friends.

This gala concert will be on Sunday 25 January 2015 at 3.00 p.m. in the Hutt Memorial Little Theatre. Accompanying Michael and Diedre will be Bridget Douglas (flute), Robert Orr (oboe), Rachel Vernon (clarinet), Robert Weeks (bassoon) and Ed Allen (horn). The programme is:

  • Schubert – Moments Musicaux, D 780 (Diedre Irons)
  • Mozart – Quintet for piano and winds in Eb major, K 452 (Michael Houstoun, Robert Orr, Rachel Vernon, Robert Weeks, Ed Allen)
  • Poulenc – Sonata for flute and piano (Bridget Douglas and Diedre Irons)
  • Bizet – Jeux d’enfants for piano, four hands, Op 22 (Michael Houstoun and Diedre Irons)

Proceeds from the concert will go to the Little Theatre Piano Trust, members of which have personally guaranteed the shortfall between the cost of the piano and the money raised so far. All the artists are providing their services free of charge, and the Hutt City Council is providing the theatre at no cost.

There will be complimentary refreshments from 2.30 p.m. and an opportunity to meet the artists after the concert.

Tickets are available on EventFinda. We urge you to buy early as only 300 will be available. If you cannot attend the concert, but would like to contribute to the cause you can do so on EventFinda. If you do not have access to EventFinda please ring Frank on 938-1728 or Bev on 566-3368.

We might pay for your ticketsbuy your flexi-ticket on or before 31 December 2014 and your name will go into the draw for two free tickets to the Benefit Concert.

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2015 Concert Series

We are pleased to announce the Chamber Music Hutt Valley 2015 concert series.  Purchase your season membership and/or flexi-tickets here. Tickets to individual concerts are available on Eventfinder.

Nicola Melville – piano *
Thursday 5th March – 7.30 pm
Little Theatre, Lower Hutt

Nicola Melville is described as “having an original and intelligent musical mind”. A former student of Judith Clark at Victoria University, Nicola continued on to earn a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music in USA. She now teaches at the liberal arts Carleton College, contributes to interdisciplinary projects, tours solo recitals, and records.
  • Schubert German Dances, D 783
  • Chopin Mazurkas, op 17
  • In Memory of Judith Clark (1931 – 2014) new works by New Zealand composers – Ross Harris, Eve de Castro-Robinson, Gareth Farr, Christopher Norton 
  • ter Veldhuis The Body of Your Dreams for boom-box + piano
  • Debussy Estampes – Pagodes; Soiree dans Grenade; Jardins sous la pluie 
  • Albright A selection of Rag-time pieces

Presented in association with Chamber Music New Zealand.  Tickets avalable from Eventfinder.

Vesa-Matti Leppänen, Julia Joyce, Andrew Joyce, Diedre Irons
Monday 25th May – 7.30pm
Little Theatre, Lower Hutt
Vesa-Matti Leppänen is the Concertmaster of the N Z Symphony Orchestra;  Julia Joyce is Principal Viola and Andrew Joyce is Principal Cello with the NZSO; Diedre Irons always gives “…a performance, exciting, beautiful, luminous and apparently effortless”!
  • Haydn String Trio in G major, op 53/1
  • Franck Sonata for violin and piano in A major
  • Brahms Piano Quartet in C minor, op 60
Affetto – early music ensemble *
Wednesday 8th July – 7:30pm
St Mark’s Church, Woburn Road, Lower Hutt
Affetto was formed to explore the chamber music of the Baroque and Renaissance.  All members are early music specialists, all New Zealanders who have trained overseas, all playing authentic instruments.  They  “… perform with an expertise, a playfulness and joy that  can only come from the deepest love of, and for, what they do.”
A Play Upon Words – the birth of the Baroque and opera brought a dramatic shift in the way music and words played together. In England this new style was adopted by John Blow, Henry Purcell, Mathew Locke and Robert Johnson, amongst others. Their texts and musical settings often contain hidden meanings – making for an entertaining programme of lively, poignant music.
Mimosa Wind Ensemble *
Wednesday 29th July – 7.30pm
Little Theatre, Lower Hutt
Mimosa Wind Ensemble is Hugh Roberts (flute), Thomas Hutchinson (oboe), Todd Gibson-Cornish (bassoon) and Somi Kim (piano) – four young New Zealand musicians, with outstanding performances as winners in CMNZ’s Chamber Music Contests and section leaders with the NZSO National Youth Orchestra, are returning from studies in London and Paris for this national tour.
  • Allard Variations on a theme of Paganini (bassoon)
  • Rachmaninov from Moment Musicaux, op 16 (piano solo)
  • Genzmer Trio for flute, bassoon and piano
  • Dutilleux Sonata for oboe and piano
  • Borne Bizet’s Carmen fantasy for flute and piano
  • Poulenc Trio for oboe, bassoon and piano
  • Salina Fisher new work for flute, oboe, bassoon and piano
Ludwig Treviranus (piano)
Thursday 24th September – 7.30 pm
Little Theatre, Lower Hutt
Ludwig Treviranus  –  is a pianist graduate of Auckland and Florida State Universities now teaching in Wellington.  In music performance he aims to share his experiences, using the excitement of the piano repertoire to open the creative imaginations of his audiences.  “… simply lovely playing … a major pianistic talent here in Wellington.”
Teacher and Pupil:
  • Haydn Sonata in C major, Hob XVI/50
  • Beethoven Sonata in C major, op 2/3
  • Haydn Andante and variations in F min, Hob XVII/6
  • Beethoven Sonata in F minor, op 57 Appassionata