Tauranga Musica 2016 Concert Programme

“Music is an outburst of the soul” — Frederick Delius

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 $30 per person, you are entitled to:

  • Purchase the subscription series of 6 concerts, at a cost per ticket of $20 (an overall saving of $42) if purchased together with your annual membership fee.
    Tickets unable to be used for a particular concert can be exchanged for another concert or concerts in the 2016 series.
  • Purchase additional member's tickets at $25 per ticket at the door.
  • Regular Newsletters

Tauranga Musica's next concert:

Marimba and Percussion Duo
Sunday 16th October, 4.00pm at Tauranga Park Auditorium, 383 Pyes Pa Rd, Tauranga map »
Yoshiko Tsuruta (marimba), Jeremy Fitzsimons (marimba and percussion)

Christchurch Symphony Orchestra was in town on Sunday to thrill a bumper audience at the fifth Tauranga Musica concert at Pyes Pa.

The 'E' Brass Quintet brought a mix of works spanning five centuries, some of them originals, as well as other transcriptions.

An opening fanfare by Paul Dukas – think 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' – gave an immediate sense of the power of brass.

'Partita for Brass' by New Zealand composer John Ritchie was convincing proof that delicate rhythms tossed at an ungainly tuba can sometimes be returned with flair and grace.

Transcriptions had a harder time. Samuel Barber's familiar 'Adagio for Strings' – so full of heart-wrenching pathos – was suddenly without feeling in this brass version, and even lacked the clinching final note.

Bach's chorale prelude 'Out of the Depths I Cry to Thee' also lacked the pathos any organist would have injected to override the opening forte dynamic.

Yet familiarity always triumphs, and in Rimsky Korsakov's 'Scheherazade' the tuba was key to bringing prince and princess together.

Equally satisfying was the traditional, 'I'm Gonna Sing, I'm Gonna Dance'.

But a brass transcription of Henry Mancini's catchy 'Pink Panther' is what finally brought smiles to Sunday's dreary weather.

The last of this wonderful series is October 16 at Tauranga Park Auditorium, Pyes Pa.

— 26th Sep 2016, by Prof. Barry Vercoe, Mus.D.