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See Xenia Pestova perform live in July

During July, the School of Music is delighted to host internationally renowned performer Xenia Pestova. Xenia will be taking part in a number of events while she is here including New Music Central, the School of Music’s weekly concert series. During this concert Xenia will be performing works by UC Head of School of Music, Glenda Keam, as well as other internationally celebrated composers Ed Bennett & Miriama Young.

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Xenia appears at UC courtesy of Chamber Music NZ, she is currently touring with Chamber Music New Zealand as part of their 2017 Encompass Series.

This will be the premiere performance of Glenda’s work, ‘Mind Springs’. The initial images that preceded the composition of ‘Mind Springs’ work were of water springing and bubbling from the ground, and New Zealand’s geysers with their accompanying babbling flow of mineral-laden water that over time build sinter structures and pathways. But as the piece took form it became clear this was not made of bold, grand explosions but rather a more contemplative series of leaps that were inward-looking.

Another work in the programme, by Miriama Young, invites the audience to engage with the electronic part for the piece, which can be streamed during the concert performance via an interactive smartphone app. The App with its embedded audio is available for free download from the iOS App Store or Google Pay, by searching for ‘SyncSound’. Once downloaded, follow the downbeat of the pianist to press ‘play’. The downloading and use of this app during the concert is entirely voluntary.

You can see Xenia Pestova at the following events:

Composition Workshop with Ed Bennett

  • Monday July 17 at 3.30-5pm
  • Recital Room UC Arts, The Arts Centre of Christchurch, 3 Hereford Street.

New Music Central featuring the premier of Glenda Keam’s ‘Mind Springs’

  • Monday July 17 at 7-9pm
  • Recital Room UC Arts, The Arts Centre of Christchurch, 3 Hereford Street.

Watch Xenia performing Chaandanee (Egidija Medeksaite).

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Grammy-winning pianist professor gives free Christchurch concert

Acclaimed classical pianist Professor Angelin Chang, who is attending the international conference on Pacific regional security hosted by the Macmillan Brown Centre, will perform in Christchurch this month.

With multiple honours to her name, Professor Chang won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Solo Performance with Orchestra in 2007. She will be in New Zealand to attend the regional security symposium, which is being hosted at the University of Canterbury from 25-26 November, where she will facilitate a session on human rights, resource rights and security.

Recognised for her poetry and technical brilliance, she is the first female American classical pianist and the first pianist of Asian descent to win a Grammy. She is also the first American to be awarded the Premier Prix Piano and Premier Prix Musique de Chambre in the same year from the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris in France.

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Professor Chang has performed in major concert halls on five continents and was the first Artist in Residence at the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC and the first Academic Performing Artist for Yamaha Corporation of America. She holds two doctorates (law and music) and is professor of music at Cleveland State University. Professor Chang is also co-chair of the Asia-Pacific research committee of the International Political Science Association.

The Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies at the University of Canterbury, in partnership with Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, is presenting a piano concert by Prof Chang at 7pm on Wednesday 25 November, at Merivale Lane Theatre, Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, 59 Hewitts Rd, Merivale, Christchurch.

Entry is free to ticket holders. Book your free tickets by contacting Patricia Ydgren, email: patricia.ydgren@canterbury.ac.nz  Refreshments will be served.