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1 May 2020

One of the world’s greatest pianists, Michael Houstoun has been a treasured figure in New Zealand music for nearly 50 years. This concert is a carefully balanced and beautiful selection of music: Bach, Debussy and Chopin, and of course, Beethoven. Houstoun is one of the foremost interpreters of Beethoven’s piano music, and in this concert you will hear the bright and joyous “Waldstein”.

Houstoun says: “It was Beethoven who woke me up to myself as a musician. The thing about Beethoven is that he somehow synthesises human psychological truths, with all of their subtlety and all of their range, into music.”

Last year Houstoun announced his retirement, and this concert will be one of the last opportunities to hear him.

A national treasure in concert.

BEETHOVEN | Piano Sonata No 21 in C major, Op 53 “Waldstein”
BACH arr Busoni | Violin Partita No 2 in D minor, BWV1004: Chaconne
DEBUSSY | Images (Book 1)
CHOPIN | Piano Sonata No 3 in B minor, Op 58

110 minutes including an interval

A pre-concert talk will take place in the foyer 45 minutes prior to performance

Baroque, Classical, 20th Century, Romantic

Proudly supported by

A Reserve Adult $52.00 / B Reserve Adult $30.00
A Reserve Concession $44.00 / B Reserve Concession $26.00
A Reserve Child $20.00 / B Reserve Child $15.00
A Reserve Group of 6 $260.00 / B Reserve Group of 6 $150.00
Service fees apply



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Friday 1 May, 7.30pm