Popular Amici Ensemble return to Kapiti

Amici Ensemble 2024 concert for Kapiti. Back L – R: Andrew Thomson, Alexander McFarlane, Andrew Joyce Front: Yuka Eguchi, Donald Armstrong
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The Amici Ensemble, a group of prominent NZSO musicians, will be presenting their annual Waikanae Music Society concert on Saturday 27 April. Popular favourites with Kāpiti audiences, the ensemble takes on a different character each year.

After 2023’s massive undertaking when 18 musicians presented Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, this year there will be only five of them to perform a programme of music for strings. Led by Associate Concertmaster Donald Armstrong, the ensemble consists of an impressive line-up of top NZSO
talent – violinist Yuka Eguchi, violists Andrew Thomson and Alexander McFarlane, and cellist Andrew Joyce.
Two short New Zealand compositions – Ronald Tremain’s String Trio and Salina Fisher’s ‘Yabo’ for violin and viola – will open the concert, introducing two of the greatest string quintets ever written. Mozart’s K515 Viola Quintet is a late work in which he reached the peak of his chamber-music inspiration and Brahms’s Opus 111 Quintet is an impressive masterpiece acclaimed as a towering achievement from one of the greatest chamber music composers.

Where: The concert in the Waikanae Memorial Hall

When: Saturday April 27 at 2.30pm.

Door sales will be available or tickets can be bought from Waikanae New World and Moby Dickens Books in Paraparaumu Beach. Enquiries 022 345 5316 or www.waikanaemusic.org.nz