Michael Houstoun’s Farewell to open Waikanae Season.
The Waikanae Music Society will be making an early start to its 2020 season with a not-to-be-missed concert on Sunday 9 February. Soon to retire pianist Michael Houstoun will bid his farewell to Waikanae with an all Bach concert in partnership with the Amici Ensemble led by Donald Armstrong. Michael’s concerts have been a constant joy to Waikanae audiences since he first played for the Society in 1986.
Joining him for this very special occasion will be the popular Amici Ensemble, who are also regular visitors to Waikanae. Members of the Amici Ensemble will open the concert with a delightful Trio Sonata for flute, violin and cello with harpsichord continuo, preparing the way for Michael’s solo performance of the great D Major Partita.
After the interval the nine-strong Amici Ensemble will play the well-known Brandenburg Concerto No 4 with its solo parts for two flutes. Then all performers join forces for the highlight of the concert – Michael Houstoun playing the Keyboard Concerto No 1 in D minor, to end a memorable concert and to provide a stirring farewell to Waikanae Music Society’s much-admired favourite pianist.
The concert will be in the Waikanae Memorial Hall at 2.30pm. There will be door sales, or tickets can be bought from Waikanae New World, Moby Dickens Books/Postshop in Paraparaumu Beach or through the website.
Enquiries are welcome on 04 293 4025 or 04 905 6070.
Bach: Trio Sonata from the Musical Offering, BWV 1079
Bach: Partita No 4 in D, BWV 828
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No 4 in G major, BWV 1049
Bach: Keyboard Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052
Amici Ensemble: Donald Armstrong, Emma Barron, Anna van der Zee (violins), Andrew Thomson (viola), Ken Ichinose (cello), Oleksandr Gunchenko (double bass), Bridget Douglas and Kirstin Eade (flutes), Douglas Mews (harpsichord)