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:

Affetto
Sunday 15th September 2019, 4.00pm at Tauranga Park Auditorium, 383 Pyes Pa Rd, Tauranga map »
Peter Reid (cornetto/baroque trumpet), Polly Sussex (viols), Philip Griffin (theorbo/baroque guitar), Will King (baritone), Rachael Griffiths-Hughes (harpsichord)

Review of Chris Greenslade:

Tauranga Musica’s 5th concert for 2019, held in Baycourt on Sunday 4 August, featured NZ pianist Chris Greenslade. The audience, that included a good number of children, were treated to a demanding programme encompassing works from the 19th to 21st centuries.

Schubert’s Impromptu in B flat was an excellent choice as a starter with its familiar melodic theme followed by several variations. The children in the audience could now see the reason for scale practice with some very nimble finger work from Greenslade that made things look so easy. The range of dynamics was a joy to listen to.

A selection of dances from Schumann’s Davidsbundlertanze reflected a wide range of personalities: Lively, Intimate, Impatient, Humorous, Wild and Boisterous, were as varied as the titles indicated. 5 preludes by Debussy followed that included The Girl with the Flaxen Hair. Greenslade’s sensitivity was ably demonstrated in his interpretation of both these works.

Goodnight Kiwi by NZ composer, Victoria Kelly, drew a parallel between the 1970s animation signalling end of TV for the night and the approaching end of her mother’s long illness.

Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in B minor, considered the composer’s personal favourite among his preludes, preceded the final ‘tour de force’, the Appassionata Sonata by Beethoven. These two works were challenging to play and Greenslade rose to the occasion giving the appreciative audience an enjoyable afternoon of piano repertoire. We were treated to an encore, Granados’ Epilogo, as a resolution to the Appassionata’s sense of struggle.

- Jeremy Whimster, 4th August 2019