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World Premiere: Mad Little Machine by Gareth Farr

Mad Little Machine, a new work for wind quintet by Gareth Farr premieres this week with Zephyr wind quintet on 18 September in Napier, New Zealand. Zephyr is comprised of current and former members of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. They will perform the new work throughout New Zealand as part of their tour with [...]

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TorQ Percussion Quartet Performs Hatzis for Atlantic Debut

Toronto-based TorQ Percussion Quartet will perform Christos Hatzis’ new percussion quartet Modulations on their Debut Atlantic tour in Canada this month. This tour includes five performances across New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. TorQ recently performed Modulations in their inaugural Toronto Concert Series programme on 8 September. TorQ commissioned and first performed Modulations earlier this year in February. [...]

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Psathas Features in NZTrio Tour to China

Music by John Psathas will feature in NZTrio’s tour to China this month. The highly energetic ‘Tarantismo’ from Psathas’ Helix for piano trio will be presented in five performances, including dates in Shanghai and Beijing, September 7-16. Helix has become a signature work for NZTrio with numerous performances since they commissioned and premiered it in 2007. [...]

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Still Sounds Lie by Farr Features in New Zealand Tour

Gareth Farr’s set of three songs Still Sounds Lie is to feature in a ten-date tour across New Zealand in September with soprano Pepe Becker and harpist Helen Webby. The programme titled ‘Love’s Nature’ includes a range of works from Medieval to contemporary with themes of telling tales of birth, death and lovers’ unions. The [...]

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Four Songs by Hatzis Set For Recording

Christos Hatzis’ work Four Songs on Poems by Elizabeth Bishop was recorded this weekend in Halifax, Nova Scotia with internationally renowned singer Suzie LeBlanc. This recording is to be released by The Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia. The Society is pulling together funds through crowd-funding to release the recording. It will comprise of four [...]

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World Premieres & Portrait Concert of Vincent Ho in Brazil

Vincent Ho was the featured composer of a portrait programme presented by the University of Manitoba at the 18th Rio International Cello Encounter festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Saturday 11 August. The programme of chamber works by Ho featured two world premiere performances, including a recent commission Whimsical Sketches of Fanciful Birds for [...]

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Psathas Features in Scottish National Youth Orchestra Tour

The National Youth Orchestra of Scotland (NYOS) and conductor Tecwyn Evans just completed a three-date tour featuring Seikilos for orchestra by John Psathas alongside Wagner’s Die Mesitersinger, Max Bruch Scottish Fantasy and Resphighi’s Pines of Rome. Founded in 1979, the NYOS is the flagship orchestra of Scotland with musicians aged between 12 and 21. Scottish violinist Nicola Bendetti joined [...]

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New Zealand Chamber Soloists Premiere Psathas in Crete

John Psathas has written two new piano trios for the New Zealand Chamber Soloists (NZCS), which they first performed at the opening classical concert for Casa Dei Mezzo Festival in Crete, Greece on 22 June 2012.  The NZCS followed up with repeat performances at the same festival on 24th June and went on to present [...]

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New Dance Company to Launch with Music by Gareth Farr

The New Zealand Dance Company, New Zealand's newest professional dance company, is to launch their inaugural season 'Language of Living' with performances featuring new music by Gareth Farr in August in Auckland, New Zealand. The company's Executive and Artistic Director Shona McCullagh has set a new dance work Trees, Birds, Then People, to Farr's new arrangement Mondo [...]

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Hot Off the Press: Douglas Lilburn Piano Music 2

We are pleased to announce the release of Douglas Lilburn Piano Music 2. Douglas Lilburn occupies a pre-eminent position in New Zealand music, with a legacy extending well beyond his compositional output. As a composer, teacher and mentor he presided in innumerable ways over the artistic growth of New Zealand from 1940 onwards. This is the [...]

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