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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Lazarus String Quartet in Warkworth

Old Masonic Lodge, Warkworth
Friday 27 September 2013, 6pm
Adults $30; Students free; no eftpos available

From Lazarus String Quartet: Emma Yoon (1992), Julianne Song (1989), Lindsay McLay (1989) and Alice Gott (1990) are all graduates of the University of Canterbury and The Pettman Junior Music Academy in Christchurch, New Zealand, and started playing together in various ensembles at a young age. The quartet is currently studying at The University of Music, Drama and Media Hanover in Germany, under the tuition of Professor Oliver Wille (Kuss Quartet).

Since its official formation in 2009, the prize-winning quartet of 2010 ROSL Arts/Pettman Competition has had great success with performances throughout New Zealand, Germany, France, and Poland and across the UK. They have appeared in multiple concert series, including at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Budleigh Salterton Festival, Musikwoche Hitzacker, and Solec nad Wisla in Europe, as well as at the International Akaroa Summer Festival in New Zealand. [Read more ...]

From Chamber Music NZ:
Haydn: String Quartet Op 20 No 2
Beethoven: String Quartet Op 18 No 2
Brahms: String Quartet Op 51/1

The six quartets of Haydn’s Opus 20, the so-called “sun” quartets for the picture of the sun that was on the cover of the published score, mark a turning point in the genre and were the ones that made his name as “the father of the string quartet”. No 2 is the glorious C major, beginning with one of Haydn’s loveliest melodies and ending on a fun-filled fugue.

Beethoven studied with Haydn, on his arrival in Vienna in 1792, and embarked upon his own set of string quartets six years later – waiting until he was confident of being able to hold his head high beside his teacher. Published as Opus 18, no 2 is the most cheerful of the lot, in G major, brimming over with youthful energy and charm.

Finally, the programme is completed by Brahms’s first quartet, the great C minor Op 51 no 1. Brahms in his turn was overawed by the example of Beethoven, and he would work on this quartet, perfecting it, for almost 20 years. The result one of the most intense, romantic and much-loved chamber works ever composed.

The Vivian: The Local Show

From The Vivian Gallery: THE LOCAL SHOW - 14th September to 15th October

Vicki Fanning, Mike Petre, Garry Currin, Barbara Cope, Barry Lett, Louise McRae, Virginia Leonard, The Vivian, Cliff McPherson, Gary Horton, John Haines, Richard Collins.

© Barry Lett 2013

The Vivian
39 Omaha Valley Road,
RD5 Warkworth 0985
New Zealand

Open daily 11am to 5pm
Phone: 09 4229995

Saturday, August 3, 2013

The Sawmill Cafe: NZ Trio

Sunday 11 August 2013, 4pm - $30

It's great to see the Sawmill hosting some classical music. Hopefully this concert will sell out and encourage similar ensembles to visit Leigh in the future.

From NZ TrioViolinist Justine Cormack, cellist Ashley Brown and pianist Sarah Watkins first joined forces in 2002 and were Ensemble in Residence at The University of Auckland from 2004-2009. From the outset their artistry, intensity and approachability have captivated music lovers throughout New Zealand, Australia, Asia, South America, Turkey, the US and the UK. Recent international highlights include a tour to China and Taiwan in 2012, the 2011 City of London Festival, and a special concert at the Aurora Festival in Sydney, broadcast live on ABC Radio. [Read more...]

Stuart Greenbaum (Australia) 800 Million Heartbeats
Claude Debussy (France) Piano Trio in G Major
John Psathas (NZ) Corybas
Claire Cowan (NZ) Subtle Dances
Paul Schoenfield (USA) Cafe Music

Leigh Sawmill Café
142 Pakiri Road
Ph: 09 422 6019

The Vivian: The Wood Show

The Vivian
39 Omaha Valley Road,
RD5 Warkworth 0985
New Zealand

Open daily 11am to 5pm
Phone: 09 4229995

Thursday, July 25, 2013

NZ Guitar Quartet at Ascension Wine Estate, Warkworth

Saturday 3rd August at 4.00pm

The Warkworth Music Society is presenting a concert by the New Zealand Guitar Quartet at Ascension Wine Estate, near Warkworth.

This world-class quartet was formed in 2010 and comprises Jane Curry (whose CD Morning Dance is highly recommended), Owen Moriarty, Christopher Hill and Tim Watanabe.

Anyone with an interest in the guitar, classical music - or great musical performance, regardless of genre - will not want to miss this concert.

The quartet's CD The Storm is available from the Quartet's website and an interview with Jane Curry and Owen Moriarty can be heard on Radio New Zealand's Upbeat programme.

Tickets will be available at the door for $30 (students free). Info: Ph 09 425 7015.

From Warkworth Music Society: The New Zealand Guitar Quartet is quickly developing a following around the country with invitations to perform both locally and overseas. The members have garnered acclaim as soloists on concert stages around the world and in a multitude of international guitar competitions, with each member contributing their individual strengths toward creating an exciting, dynamic and engaging ensemble.

These are programmes showcasing the best and most popular repertoire that the NZGQ have played over the past few years, from arrangements of well-known favourites by Bach and Rimsky-Korsakov, to 20th-century guitar stars Leo Brouwer from Cuba and American composer Ian Krouse. Craig Utting makes an appearance with his Onslow suite, and finally, the chameleon-like quality of the classical guitar comes out in the pieces by prolific Brazilian composer Paulo Bellinati and Afro-Cuban star Carlos Rafael Rivera.

A capacity audience of enthusiastic concert goers heard them in Matakana in 2011.

From quartet with a twist to perform - It's a string quartet with not a violin, viola or cello in sight.... Quartet leader, Owen Moriarty, says: "This is basically a showcase of our best and most popular repertoire. (Read more...)

From The New Zealand Guitar Quartet: Biographies

Jane Curry
Jane completed a Doctorate in Musical Arts (University of Arizona) and is head of the classical guitar department at the New Zealand School of Music. During her time in the US she studied with Scott Tennant, Bill Kanengiser, Prof. Tom Patterson, David Russell, and Sergio and Odair Assad. She has placed in several international guitar competitions, and awarded the International Arts Foundation Scholarship (NZ), Medici Scholar Award (U.S.A), and a Creative NZ Scholarship and Grant to commission composer John Psathas. 

Owen Moriarty
Completing his Masters in 2003 at Massey University, Owen then headed to USC in Los Angeles. While there here he studied with James Smith, and with LA Guitar Quartet members Scott Tennant and Bill Kanengiser, with subsequent/additional tutelage from Brian Head, Martha Masters, and Pepe Romero. He has done multiple tours both nationally and internationally as a soloist and chamber musician.

Christopher Hill
Studying under Bill Bower, Christopher completed his Honours Degree at Victoria University in 2001. In 2004 he travelled to Spain to study flamenco guitar and while he was there he also gave performances in Italy and Portugal. A member of numerous groups/ensembles, Christopher is a creative composer with a keen interest in new music and (more recently) guitar building. He currently plays as a classical/flamenco guitarist and all-round versatile studio musician.

Tim Watanabe
Tim graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree from the Massey University Conservatorium of Music in Wellington, New Zealand, studying under Matthew Marshal and Gunter Herbig. He has been an active member of the Conservatorium Guitar Orchestra, and has played as a soloist in the Guitar Orchestra tours around New Zealand. Tim has also taken part in masterclasses by Jason Vieux, David Leisner, John Couch, Anthony Field, and other international 

The NewZealand Guitar Quartet
Ascension Wine Estate
480, Matakana Road
Saturday 3rd August - 4.00pm
$30 (Students free; tickets available at the door.) 
Info: Ph 09 425 7015

Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Vivian: Virginia Leonard and Louise McRae

The Vivian
39 Omaha Valley Road,
RD5 Warkworth 0985
New Zealand

Open daily 11am to 5pm
Phone: 09 4229995

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Northart: Recent Auckland Photography - exhibition & publication

From NorthArt and Photoforum: An exhibition of senior, mid career and emerging photographers who all have various associations with the Auckland region.  Curated by Edward Hanfling and Chris Corson-Scott; in association with the Auckland Festival of Photography.

Includes work by Mark Adams, Edith Amituanai, Fiona Amundsen, Harvey Benge, Bruce Connew, Chris Corson-Scott, Ngahuia Harrison, Derek Henderson, Ian Macdonald, Geoff Short, Haru Sameshima, and Talia Smith.

There will be a gallery talk for this exhibition - by Ron Brownson with Edward Hanfling - on Saturday June 8 starting at 3pm, followed by an informal "Meet the artists" session. All welcome; refreshments will be served; admission free; donations welcomed.

The exhibition is accompanied by the publication Pictures They Want to Make - Recent Auckland Photography, by Chris Corson-Scott and Edward Hanfling with a foreword by Ron Brownson. (Hardcover 176 pages. Published by Photoforum.)

Note: Pictures They Want to Make: Recent Auckland Photography has a RRP of $59.95.  Published by PhotoForum, it is also part of our subscription offer for  this current membership year. With the standard subscription rate being $65.00 it’s a great opportunity to receive the publication (along with other benefits), while also supporting PhotoForum’s broader promotion of New Zealand photography. All enquiries can be emailed to

Chris Corson-Scott interview (D-Photo)
Harvey Benge's Blog post

Norman King Square (Opposite the Library)
Ernie Mays Street
Northcote Shopping Centre
Phone +64 9 480 9633

Free car Parking: corner of College Road and Ernie Mays Street, Northcote Shopping Centre, Auckland. Wheelchair accessible.

Piece Gallery: Dominic Burrell

Piece Gallery
2 Matakana Valley Road
Ph: 09 422 9125

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Dave Alley at Whangateau Hall, Saturday 11 May

From Jenine Abarbanel: Guitarist Dave Alley has played at Whangateau hall several times both on his own and as a member of Sanders Alley Geiling. On Saturday, 11 May, he will play solo and backed by Nat Torkington (banjo) and Jenine Abarbanel (bass). Doors open at 7:30pm for an 8:00 show. Tickets are $15 at the door for adults, kids 15 and under free. Pre-book by texting or calling 021 742 765. 

Dave Alley is a highly regarded New Zealand guitarist, singer, songwriter and percussionist. His strongly rhythmic, genre defying music is a home grown New Zealand style borrowing from roots, world, blues, rock, reggae, funk, folk and South Pacific styles. Delving into songs from three solo albums and unreleased tracks from new albums in the pipeline, Dave's one-man shows are an enlightening trip through the world of an original musician and songwriter. His solo show features three well worn Maton guitars played in standard and lap-steel slide styles with an array of odd tunings and some Celtic and Middle Eastern percussion instruments thrown in for good measure. A kick drum-like stomp box thumps down low, accentuating the solid groove. Lyrically, the songs tell of places travelled, people met and ponderings, abstract or otherwise, on humanity, life and the fine art of living it. 


Monday, May 6, 2013

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Art Matakana: Bee Doughty-Pratt - Ebb & Flow

Matakana Country Park
Leigh Road
RD5 Matakana
New Zealand

Phone +64 9 422 9790
Mobile 0274 810 821

Sunday, March 31, 2013

A Fine Line: The End of the Road

The final exhibition at A Fine Line Gallery opens on Friday 5 April at 5:30pm and runs until 5 May. I think I can safely say a big thank you to Heather and Charlie on behalf of the Mahurangi arts community, for their efforts in the last few years at A Fine Line Gallery.

From A Fine Line Gallery: When we first started A Fine Line gallery as an exhibition space in 2007 our first show was the Matakana Valley Group.  They put on a brilliant exhibition where no one else had gone before and now six years later when the nature of the gallery is to change (still an art space but not an exhibition space) the group has graciously agreed to put on our last exhibition at the gallery.

“Matakana Valley … the end of the road…” features the work of Mike De Haan, Gary Horton, Mark Lewington, Louise McRae, Mark Wooller, Di Halstead, Vicki Fanning, Tabea Salewski, Lynda Harris. It opens this Friday 5th April at 5.30pm and will run through to Sunday 5th May.  We would love to see everyone who has supported the gallery over these six years at the opening to celebrate the outstanding artistic talent of the artists who live on Matakana Valley Road.

A Fine Line Gallery
Charlies Gelato Garden
17 Sharp Rd, 
Matakana, RD2, 
Warkworth 0982 
09 422 7942 / 021 150 8820

The Vivian April Group Show

The Vivian
39 Omaha Valley Road,
RD5 Warkworth 0985
New Zealand

Open daily 11am to 5pm
Phone: 09 4229995

Monday, January 21, 2013

A Fine Line Gallery: Sacred Voices

A Fine Line Gallery
Charlies Gelato Garden
17 Sharp Rd, 
Matakana, RD2, 
Warkworth 0982 
09 422 7942 / 021 150 8820

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Vivian Gallery: The January Group Show

The Vivian Gallery
39 Omaha Valley Rd
Ph: 422 9995