Baroque ensemble to delight oboe lovers

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by Greta Yeoman

Baroque music will come to Timaru next month, through the support of the Baroque Music Community and Educational Trust of New Zealand.

The trust will bring an international baroque ensemble to Timaru’s Aigantighe Art Gallery on February 13, performing pieces by Bach, Vivaldi and Handel.

The Bach Oboe d’amore performance will feature American musician Brandon Labadie on oboe and oboe d’amore, along with soloists performing on violin, harpsichord and cello.

Previously described by the Otago Daily Times as displaying “impressive oboe virtuosity”, Labadie has performed around the globe, including France, Germany and Singapore, and with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists and The Albany Consort in San Francisco.

Other performers in the concert will include violinist Szabolcs Illes, of Hungary, who has been performing as a member of internationally renowned La Petite Bande, and harpsichord player Edita Keglerova, from the Czech Republic, who has studied at Royal Conservatory in The Hague and at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

She is a laureate of several international music competitions, performs with the Prague Baroque Ensemble, is a professor at the Prague Music Conservatory and has played solo or with ensembles across Europe and in Japan, Africa and America.

Classics . . . Harpsichord player Edita Keglerova, from the Czech Republic, will be part of the baroque concert in Timaru in February. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED

New Zealand violinist Jonathon Tanner also joins the line-up, having recently returned from master’s studies in Switzerland.

He has played in most of New Zealand’s professional orchestras, including the Christchurch and NZ Symphony Orchestras, but is just as comfortable playing in a rock or folk band and can demonstrate anything from Mendelssohn to Michael Jackson.

The final performer on the show programme is New Zealand cellist Tomas Hurnik, who has played with various period instrument groups including Capella Regia Prague and Solamente Naturali and is now the associate principal in the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.

The show will begin at 7pm on February 13.

  • Editor’s note: This story was amended on Friday (January 25) to clarify that the show is on February 13, not February 17 as originally stated.