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:

Duo Col Legno
Sunday 26th May 2019, 4.00pm at Tauranga Park Auditorium, 383 Pyes Pa Rd, Tauranga map »
Yoshiko Tsuruta (marimba), Heleen du Plessis (cello)

Review of Julien Van Mellaerts & James Baillieu:

Tauranga concert-goers enjoyed an evening of Lied and other solo works in an evening with New Zealand baritone, Julien Van Mellaerts and accompanist, James Baillieu. A recent graduate of the Royal College of Music, Van Mellaerts has returned to New Zealand to tour his recital programme and brings with him as his accompanist, Baillieu, Professor of Piano Performance at the Royal College of Music, London.

Van Mellaerts began his programme with several selections by Schubert, the undisputed Father of Lied. In particular his interpretation of 'Prometheus' (composed in 1819 and set to words by the great German poet, Goethe), displayed the young baritone's remarkable abilities towards characterization and drama.

The highlight of Van Mallaerts programme was Schumann's masterpiece, 'Dichterliebe', a 16-movement song cycle. A demanding work, the cycle requires both incredible emotional sensitivity and technical vocal control of its singer. Van Mallaerts achieved this admirably. In particular, his seemingly-effortless pianissimo passages hung beautifully in the air of St. Peter's. The baritone's performance was masterfully supported and made all the more enjoyable by Baillieu's deeply moving, inspired, and at times profound, interpretation of Schumann's complicated accompaniment.

The second half of the recital featured a song cycle inspired by native bird song, 'Ornithological Anecdotes', composed by New Zealand composer Gareth Farr and set to poems by Bill Manhire commissioned especially by Van Mellaerts's for his tour. The strength of this cycle lays largely with the clever and thought-provoking text of Manhire's. Van Mellaerts connected well with these songs and delivered them convincingly.

Britten's folk song arrangements are often over-performed in recital programmes. Every young singer learns them as part of their standard repertoire, but these two young performers are to be applauded for their wonderfully refreshing, deeply sensitive, and insightful interpretations of 'Sally in Our Alley' and 'O Waly Waly' in particular.

Van Mellaerts and Baillieu concluded their recital with an eclectic mix of songs by Sibelius, Schumann, Gershwin and Porter. Again, Van Mellaerts showed remarkable dramatic ability in Schumann's epic and exciting Belsatzar.

Tauranga Musica's next concert features local percussionist extraordinaire, Yoshiko Tsuruta on 26 May at 4:00pm at Tauranga Park Auditorium in Pyes Pa.

-- Chalium Poppy, Monday 8th April