String it up @Central Library! Stringophilia

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During one of the last glorious days of autumn on the 15th of May, Cathy Irons and Tomas Hurik treated us to a sublime performance in the Central Library’s first floor red lounge. The richness and warmth of the string sound was reflected in Tomas’s face by the end of an hour programme in such a lovely sun trap.

Both tenured members of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra performed a varied repertoire of pieces with something for everyone from Beethoven to Joplin with Alinoni, Stamitz, Bach, Handel-Halvorsen and Prokofiev sprinkled in between. Audience members appreciated the depth of skill and talent on show by turning out in large numbers navigating the maze of obstacles set before them by the building refurbishments to find their way upstairs. Their efforts were rewarded by an outstanding display of talent by two senior members of our city’s orchestra. Rarely do we get to hear members the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra close up and personal in such an intimate setting and this duet pairing of violin and cello was a delicious treat.

Many audience members took the chance to hear classical and rag time music played live in concert with Scot Joplin’s rag The Entertainer from the 1973 movie The Sting being a particular crowd pleaser to those new to concert music. If you missed the concert or want to hear more why not listen to  Cathy Iron’s CD Inspired.

Did you attend any Music Month concerts? What was your favourite Music Month moment?

  • Music resources at Christchurch City Libraries
  • Profiles of Christchurch musicians