Arts Laureate work to be premiered

5 May 2014

Dame Gillian Whitehead 

New Works: Arts Laureate Dame Gillian Whitehead's new work Venetian Mornings is premiered by Okta.

Hamilton’s contemporary classical music group Okta is honoured to be giving the world premiere of a new work by Arts Laureate Dame Gillian Whitehead.

Venetian Mornings is a trio for flute, bassoon and piano commissioned by Okta with funding from the University of Waikato’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Dedicated to New Zealand Composer

The new composition is dedicated to senior NZ composer Jack Body, who turns 70 this year. Dame Gillian says her new trio refers to her first meeting Body several decades ago.

Both were in Venice for a special concert, but the event was overshadowed by a massive storm that arose out of the sea causing loss of life and damage across Venice.

Each morning after it, Gillian and Jack met for breakfast, and from these Venetian mornings a lifelong friendship grew. Playing the premiere will be Italian flautist Luca Manghi, bassoonist Ben Hoadley and pianist David Miller.

A Concert of Variety and Vitality 

Other works in the Okta concert include Bernstein’s Meditations for cello and piano, Crumb’s cello sonata and short pieces by Messiaen and Scelsi. As always with Okta concerts, the keywords, are variety and vitality.

The concert will be held at the Dr John Gallagher Concert Chamber at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts 7.30pm on Friday 9 May. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10, or $5 for students with a valid ID.

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