Classical guitar society a gem in New Plymouth's cultural scene
The New Plymouth Classical Guitar Society is another gem in our local cultural scene, a
dedicated group that works hard to ensure that this very special branch of music flourishes in
Not only do they organise the biennial summer schools, but they also have an
ongoing teaching programme, and now a series of concerts with leading proponents of the art.
There are four concerts in the next seven weeks, all at the cosy and comfortable 4th Wall
Theatre at 7.30pm.
The first is on Sunday, July 31 and features Duo Vela, comprising American classical flutist
Marla Nistico and her husband, Australian-born guitarist Daniel Nistico. Marla is a graduate
of Eastman School of Music, and Daniel is nearing completion of his Doctorate of Musical
Arts there. Together they have toured the United States, China and Australasia, enchanting
audiences with the sounds and rhythms of different lands.
August 6 sees renowned French guitar professor Ingrid Riollot in performance, and on
August 17 it is the turn of Australian Stephanie Jones, currently studying in Germany.
The series concludes on September 6 with Dr Marek Pasieczny from Poland, together with Dr
Jane Curry from the New Zealand School of Music.
Dr Pasieczny is one of the most respected contemporary composers for the guitar worldwide and the programme will be an
exciting combination of Polish and New Zealand works.
These won't be just the usual concerts where the performer is a distant figure on the stage that
the audience may connect with briefly through the music. There will be chances for informal
chats and a sneak preview of their concerts at "Meet and Greet" events at Pianoworks.
Inquiries to Debbi Harvey 06 758 3114 or www.pianoworks.co.nz. There will also be
opportunities for private lessons and masterclasses. All inquiries and bookings with
Dominique Blatti: 06 752 7400 firstname.lastname@example.org or
Don't forget Tunes Ancient and Modern by The Madrigal Companie on Saturday July 23 at
4th Wall Theatre. Tickets are $20 Adult, $5 Student. Book at 4th Wall.
Looking ahead, there are two great concerts showcasing the young musicians of the region.
Student Stars features some of the contestants in the recent NPO Concerto Competition
playing concerto movements with the combined Taranaki Youth Orchestra and New
Plymouth Orchestra, conducted by Adam Jasinski. That's on Saturday August 13 at 7.30pm
at the Theatre Royal. Tickets from Pianoworks, Palmers Garden Centre and at the door.
Then on Saturday August 20 there's Singing is Life! with three school choirs joining Ars
Nova Choir for Rutter's Mass of the Children, conducted by Christopher Luke. It's at 2pm
at the TSB Theatre. Tickets at Ticketmaster. More on these next column, but put the dates in
your diary now.