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Bohemia and Classics at Nathan Homestead


Media Release
13 August 2001

Bohemia and Classics at Nathan Homestead

Treat yourself to a very special concert of Bohemian and classical music at 2pm on August the 19th at the Manurewa Community Arts Centre (Nathan Homestead).

Manukau City Council’s arts staff have organised a free concert by two violinists and their accompanists: Julia Dibley accompanied by Tim Evans on piano, and Simeon Broom accompanied by Rachel Church, also on piano. This concert replaces the previously advertised String Silhouette concert.

Julia and Tim are presenting a programme of Bohemian music, with works by three Czech composers who were all deeply influenced by the music, people and landscape of Bohemia.

Concert goers will hear the romantic and optimistic piece “Home Country” by Smetana, which evokes the beauties of the Bohemian countryside, a short and sweet “Impromptu” by Martinu, full of rhythmic vitality and jazzy flavours and “Four Pieces for Violin and Piano” by Josef Suk, which uses motifs from Czech folk music.

Rachel and Simeon have played duos together since 1998, as part of the University Chamber Music and recital programme. They will be playing Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op.96 by Beethoven and Chaconna from Sonata in D Minor by Bach.

Council’s Arts Programmes Supervisor, Pat Kadarmia, says “We are extremely pleased to have musicians of such high calibre playing here in Manukau. I am thrilled that we can host free concerts like this in our arts centres. From the reggae concert on 4th August organised by our Mangere Arts Outreach Gallery to classical music of this type here at Nathan Homestead, I am positive that the musical arts in our city is alive and well.”

2pm, Sunday 19 August
Manurewa Community Arts Centre (Nathan Homestead)

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Biographies

Violinist Julia Dibley (19) is a third year performance student at the University of Auckland. She is Concertmaster of the Auckland Youth Orchestra with whom she has appeared as soloist and will be Associate Concertmaster of the National Youth Orchestra when it meets later this month.

Julia was the top diploma candidate of New Zealand and holds her LMusA and LTCL Diplomas with distinction. She has been a prize winner at both the Gisborne and Rotorua Music Competitions and the recipient of a New Zealand Post Young Musician award and University scholarships.

Timothy Evans completed his piano performance degree with First Class Honours in 1996 at the University of Auckland. Timothy has won many competitions within New Zealand and was winner of the 1996 Royal Overseas League/New Zealand Scholarship. This enabled him to spend a month studying in London as well as attending the Dartington International Summer School. During this visit he gave recitals at Saint Martin-in-the-Fields and Saint James' Piccadilly. He has performed with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and returned to London last year to study.

Rachel Church is currently completing her Honours degree in performance piano with Katherine Austin at Waikato University, having completed her Bmus at Auckland University with Bryan Sayer. Rachel was the winner last year of the Auckland Senior Piano Awards in the Beethoven class, and received the Alice Cole Scholarship.

Simeon Broom is also completing his Honours degree, with Mary O’Brien at Auckland University. Simeon was the 2000 winner of the Auckland University Concerto competition, and performed the Elgar Violin Concerto with the University orchestra, and was placed 2nd in the Rotorua Concerto Competition.

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