Tauranga Musica 2017 Concert Series

“Where words fail - music speaks” — Hans Christian Anderson

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 2017 series.
  • Purchase additional member's tickets at $25 per ticket at the door.
  • Regular Newsletters

Tauranga Musica's next concert:

The Jac
Sunday 7th May, 4.00pm at Graham Young Youth Theatre, Tauranga Boys College map »
Jake Baxendale (Alto Saxophone), Lex French (Trumpet), Chris Buckland (Tenor Saxophone), Matthew Allison (Trombone), Callum Allardice (Guitar), Daniel Hayles (Piano), Nick Tipping (Double Bass), Shaun Anderson (Drums)

Tauranga Musica closed its 2016 season to a large and appreciative audience with a stunning concert from Marimba and Percussion Duo Yoshiko Tsuruta and Jeremy Fitzsimons at Tauranga Park Auditorium on Sunday afternoon.

The two musicians kept the audience spellbound with their superb programme.

The concert opened with "Dialogue" by New Zealander Gareth Farr, commissioned by Jeremy Fitzsimons in 2004 with funding from Chamber Music NZ. The Introduction delighted with shimmering cascades of sound perfectly illustrating the ability of the two instruments to blend into one.

We were then gently eased into jazz with David Friedman's "Lunch with Pancho Villa" (arr. Fitzsimons). Here was masterful playing, superbly balanced with relaxed and seemingly effortless ease.

The first half concluded with "Tango Suite" by Piazzolla, the second movement containing the softest of pianissimos, totally captivating the audience.

The second half began with "Wooden Music" by O'Meara, who is best known for his marimba compositions. This was written in the early 1980s when marimbas had a smaller range and used only the top four octaves of the modern marimba.

From here we heard delightful and familiar "Three Tangos" by Gardel, "Desde El Alma" by Melo and "El Choclo" by Villoldo.

The concert culminated in "Marimba Spiritual" by Miki, written with a strong feeling for the starvation in Africa. This moving piece started with a marimba solo from Yoshiko showcasing her outstanding musical ability and finesse with mesmerising dancelike movements. Part way into the piece she was joined by Jeremy masterfully taking on the role of three percussionists. This piece finished the programme perfectly, showing the absolute togetherness and communication of the Duo present throughout the programme.

The audience were brought gently back to earth with an encore featuring a magical arrangement of Bach's Chorale BWV 306.

Well done Tauranga Musica for bringing such top quality performances to Tauranga. We look forward to your 2017 season.

— 18th Oct 2016, by Kathy Stewart.