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Classical Expressions 2013

For immediate release: 27 Feb 2013

Classical Expressions 2013

‘Virtuoso’ is the key word to describe the musicians performing in the Classical Expressions 2013 series at Expressions Arts & Entertainment Centre in Upper Hutt. Three world-class pianists, an international violinist, and one of New Zealand's foremost music ensembles will present five concerts in Upper Hutt this year.

A leading arts programme which has run over the last 8 years ,with sell our shows , Classical Expression has become a landmark in the arts calendar. The programme has been curated by Artistic Director Roger Lloyd who was previously Artistic Manager of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, General Manager of the Wellington Sinfonia and Manager of the New Zealand String Quartet. Lloyd says the invitation to audience is to “hear stunning music and famous works performed by outstanding international and New Zealand artists… and feel your spirits soar.”

The season starts on 8 April with Azerbaijani pianist, Oleg Marshev, a frequent visitor to New Zealand. He makes his Expressions debut with a collection of captivating, French sound pictures by Debussy, his second set of Preludes, and Mussorgsky’s great Russian display piece, Pictures at an Exhibition.

In 2012 Sergey Malov enjoyed a national tour with pianist Michael Houstoun as part of his prize for winning the 2011 Michael Hill International Violin Competition. This year he returns with a winning recital programme of some of J.S. Bach's best solo works. In his 'Bach on 13 Strings' concert on 7 June, Malov will play his Stradivarius violin and also a viola and a baroque, 5-string violoncello di spalla.

Nicholai Demidenko is no stranger to New Zealand audiences and he has performed here frequently during his impressive career. His 2013 Australasian tour includes just three solo recitals – in Adelaide, Auckland, and at Expressions on 29 July. His programme includes the colourful Schumann Carnaval and two of Schubert’s greatest sonatas.

This year the Amici Ensemble presents a new piano quintet by New Zealand composer, Christopher Blake. Their programme on 2 September also includes Mozart’s Grande Sestetto Concertante and Richard Strauss’ immensely moving Metamorphosen in its original 7-string ensemble version.

The Classical Expressions 2013 series ends with Beethoven. On 30 September, Michael Houstoun performs one of the seven programmes from his complete Beethoven sonatas series promoted nationwide by Chamber Music New Zealand. The Expression’s programme includes the unforgettable Pathétique, and La Chasse sonatas.

Classical Expressions 2013
Mon 8 April Oleg Marshev: Preludes & Pictures
Fri 7 June Sergey Malov: Bach on 13 Strings
Mon 29 July Nikolai Demidenko: Carnival & Sonatas
Mon 2 Sept Amici Ensemble: Metamorphosen
Mon 30 Sept Michael Houstoun: Beethoven Re-cycle
All shows 7.30pm
Tickets $45, concession $40, Student $20
Bookings advised
Expressions Arts & Entertainment Centre

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