Tauranga Musica 2019 Concert Series

“Music is the universal language of mankind” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Our aims

  • To increase the awareness of classical music in the Western Bay of Plenty and Tauranga.
  • To provide a venue for audience participation, by promoting quality music of a high standard.
  • To include in the repertoire a comprehensive range of composers and compositions, and create a medium for innovative music in selected venues.

Membership Subscription

By paying an annual membership fee of $40 per person, you are entitled to:

  • Purchase the subscription series of 6 concerts, at a cost per ticket of $20 (an overall saving of $32) if purchased together with your annual membership fee.
    Tickets may be used for any concert in the 2019 series.
  • Purchase additional member's tickets at $25 per ticket at the door.
  • Regular newsletters.

Tauranga Musica's next concert:

Chris Greenslade
Sunday 4th August 2019, 4.00pm at X Space, Baycourt, Tauranga map »
Chris Greenslade (solo piano)

Review of Donizetti Trio:

Brava Bravissimo! Congratulations to both Tauranga Musica and the Donizetti Trio for presenting truly glorious afternoon of sublime chamber music.

As the light of the setting sun behind Mauao illuminated the sanctuary of the little stone church of St. Peter's, three absolutely extraordinary and remarkable players took to their instruments.

Opening with Vivaldi's virtuosic Flute Sonata in A Minor (RV. 86), the trio took no time at all to convince the audience of their wealth of talent and passion for their art. The healthy Allegro passages were filled with typical florid passages of parallel semiquavers between Manghi on flute and Hoadley on bassoon which were executed with jaw-dropping ease and accuracy.

The trio followed with a rarely-heard piece of chamber music by a young Donizetti (Trio in F Major) written especially for this unique ensemble of instruments. The fantastic bel canto melodies and musical ideas which would later earn the composer much fame in his operas were sung sweetly and beautifully by all 3 instruments.

The highlight of the first half of the concert was undoubtedly a commission of the trio of a Prelude, Fugue, Variations, and Chaconne by New Zealand composer, Janet Jennings, who, present in the audience, obliged to introduce her work. Using older musical forms and models, Jennings was able to produce something fresh and new. The admiration of musicians for their composer and of the composer for her musicians was powerful and moving. The trio performed here with reverent intensity and a profound sense of intimacy.

The concert's second half featured a composition of Hoadley's written for Manghi on alto flute and Kelly on piano. Hoadley had Manghi tax his instrument to the utmost, taking it to the absolute limits of sound exploration. What an exciting work this was, filled with raw emotion and a rich scenic sound-scape.

The trio ended with a Fantasia on themes from Mozart's Die Zauberflote. This was a charming amalgamation of some of the more famous melodies found within the famous opera. It is no wonder that Hoadley has recently released a recording of the Mozart Bassoon Concerto. He has a deep understanding of the Mozartian line; its beauty and its sweetness.

These three musicians are truly outstanding and stirring in their delivery. Each of them a virtuoso in their own right, they have been fortunate, through a shared passion, to find one another. And we are all the better for it.

- 16 June, 2019