Mulled Wine presents A Piano in the Wind

Kāpiti’s own concert series, Mulled Wine Concerts is renowned for bringing new and interesting works to audiences on the Kāpiti Coast.

On Sunday 11 August, they present an exciting group of local Wellington-area based musicians who perform as a quintet. They have chosen the name “A Piano in the Wind” to indicate that the quintet consists of four wind instruments and a pianist.

The players all perform regularly in Orchestra Wellington and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. They will be performing the two most prominent quintets for piano and wind – the Mozart and Beethoven Quintets in E flat major. After its premiere in 1784, Mozart described the quintet to his father as the best thing he had written in his life. It is believed that Beethoven’s quintet may have been inspired by Mozart’s – being written in the same key and for the same instrumentation. these quintets are often paired together in a programme. Both works feature beautiful piano parts balanced against gorgeous melodies played on clarinet, oboe, French horn and bassoon.

Leader of the group, Merran Cooke notes that the programme will also include Chopin’s beautiful nocturne, Opus 46, No. 1 played by pianist Rachel Thompson which she describes as one of Chopin’s greatest emotional achievements and “a masterly expression of a great powerful grief”. The group will also present a more modern piece – George Gershwin’s “Three Preludes” transcribed for the quintet.

Concert-goers will experience an afternoon of great music in the lovely surroundings of the beachfront of Paekākāariki, where the newly earthquake-strengthened Memorial Hall overlooks the sea and Kāpiti Island. Truly an afternoon not to be missed!

Wellington-based group “A Piano in the Wind” will be performing for us. The players all perform regularly together in Orchestra Wellington and at other musical events in the region. They say they are very much enjoying the opportunity of working together on a gorgeous repertoire for their instruments.

Tickets: pre-sale $25 / Door sales $30 / Students $15

Tickets are available by

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or by phone: 04 902 2283 or 021 101 9609

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