Tauranga Musica 2021 Concert Series

“Through music we may wander where we will in time and find friends in every century” — Helen Thompson

Our aims

  • To share the joy, the delight, the wonder of music within our community of the Western Bay of Plenty.
  • To appreciate the talented musicians who bring their skill and commitment, extending our understanding and appreciation of a range of musical offerings from enduring classics to modern New Zealand compositions.
  • To support young local performers through the annual Chamber Music NZ competition and encourage youth engagement by subsidising attendance at live performances.

Membership Subscription

By paying an annual membership fee of $35 per person, you are entitled to:

  • Purchase the subscription series of 7 concerts, at a cost per ticket of $20 (an overall saving of $49) if purchased together with your annual membership fee.
    Tickets may be used for any concert in the 2021 series, or given to a friend as a gift.
  • Purchase additional member's tickets at $25 per ticket at the door.
  • Regular newsletters.
  • Membership prices for Putaruru and Whakatane Music Society concerts.

Tauranga Musica's next concert:

NZ Chamber Soloists
Sunday 30th May 2021, 4.00pm
X Space, Baycourt, Tauranga map »
Katherine Austin (piano), James Tennant (cello), Lara Hall (violin)

Review of ACE Brass:

Brass blast through time and space at Baycourt

THE chilly air could do little to stop ACE Brass’ heated journey around the world on Wednesday night at Baycourt.

Delighting the X-Space audience with brass baubles from diverse time periods, horn player Emma Eden, trombonist John Gluyas, and trumpeter Huw Dann presented a dynamic and international chamber programme.

From within their audience, they opened in call-and-response style with a canon by English Renaissance composer, Tallis, which instantly piqued audience interest and adding an enjoyable physical performance aspect.

This blossomed into a diverse programme that included contemporary works by America’s Cohen, Argentina’s Piazzolla and New Zealand’s Bowater. These allowed the trio to flamboyantly explore a wide array of techniques, harmonic fields, melodic and word-painting elements with inspiring capability.

Other contemporary works by Japan’s Kanazawa and Australia’s Wesley-Smith combined acoustic and recorded elements. These provided interesting, often challenging contrasts to more traditional concert fayre, delivered with precision and flair.

A return to the Renaissance from Spain’s Ortiz, saw the trio swap to sackbut, tambourine, and ukulele. Further contrast came from a Baroque-inspired Prelude and Fugue by German, Boehme, and a short Mozart-inspired piece by France’s Tibault. All demonstrated facility, and athleticism from each performer, highlighting how electrifying deft precision is in musical timing.

The trio combined for three final flourishes in romantic and popular styles, presenting charming arrangements of Puccini, Sherwin, and Arlen as a fond farewell to an appreciative audience. A bonus mash-up of Pokarekare Ana and Waltzing Matilda saw the trio sign-off in pleasing style.

- Leon Gray