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Upper Hutt Leader : June 1st 2011
39 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JUNE 1, 2011 ARTS 3749130AA 3775242AA 3779426AA Riseley and Irons join for recital Guest violinist: Martin Riseley The 2011 Classical Expressions series presents a violin and piano recital featuring the music of Schubert, Stephan Prock, Ravel and Richard Strauss in the Genesis Energy Theatre on Monday, June 13.After a successful career as an orchestral and solo violinist in North America, Christchurch-born Martin Riseley returned to New Zealand in 2010 to take up the post of head of strings at the New Zealand School of Music. For this concert he will be joined by a Classical Expressions' favourite pianist Diedre Irons. The light-hearted Fantasie in C major of 1827 by Schubert begins a colourful programme which includes Ravel's Hungarian gypsy showpiece Tzigane and Richard Strauss' early Violin Sonata, the only one he wrote for this combination. Stephan Prock's Stradivariazioni was specially commissioned by Martin Riseley and Diedre Irons for their 2011 national tour and will be having its world premiere at Expressions. Stradivariazioni is a theme and six variations, with each of the variations based on one of Stradivarius' existing named violins. The concert starts at 8pm. Details and tickets from Expressions, 527 2168 and expressions.org.nz Pop musical at HIBS Combined production: Main actors, from left, Allie Miles (Taylor), Ed Blunden (Troy), Robbie Fordyce (Coach Bolton and Troy's father), Hannah Reynolds (Gabriella), Hannah Sedcole (Sharpay), Rob Caldwell (Ryan) and Hyrum Modlik (Chad). Photo: ROSEMARY McLENNAN By ROSEMARY McLENNAN The high-tech auditorium at Hutt Inter- national Boys' School was put to good use last week for the production of High School Musical with students from St Oran's College. About 100 students from each school took part as actors, support roles, band, musicians, singers, cheerleaders, con- struction, stage and tech crew, and the super chorus''. High School Musical is a love story set in the hallowed halls of East High School between a popular high school basketball star and a shy, academically gifted newcomer. Their discovery of a shared passion for singing threatens the rigid social order their peer groups have established and throws the whole school into an uproar. Lead actors were Ed Blunden as bas- ketball star Troy Bolton, gifted new- comer Hannah Reynolds (Gabriella Montez), Hannah Sedcole (Sharpay Evans) and Rob Caldwell (Ryan Evans). Producer-director was Paul Cotton from HIBS. Among the extensive list of helpers was double Oscar-winner Mike Hedges for sound support. There were five performances last week, including two day matinees with understudies. Weekend line-up: Studio 22, who entertain at the Upper Hutt Cossie Club on Saturday evening. Noodles perform on Friday night and Mark and Steve Southon on Sunday night.
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