Violin/piano concert at the museum

IN CONCERT: Pianist Xing Wang and violinist James Jin (next picture) will perform a range of works at Tairawhiti Museum at 2pm on Sunday as part of the Sunday Concert Series. Pictures supplied
James Jin

Folk-inspired pieces Sunshine on Tashkurgan by 20th century Chinese composer Gang Chen and Swiss-born Jewish composer Ernest Bloch’s Nigun are on the programme for a Sunday concert hosted by Tairawhiti Museum.

Composed for violin with piano accompaniment, the works will be performed by Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra’s associate principal second violinist James Jin (violin) and New Zealand School of Music Ph.D student pianist Xing Wang.

Although the two compositions have very different origins they share similar characteristics.

Sunshine on Tashkurgan shifts through moods that change from atmospheric to dramatic, while Nigun is a form of Jewish religious song with hints of lament and joyousness.

For the second part of the programme, they will perform Beethoven’s virtuosic Violin Sonata No.3 in E-flat major.

Beethoven dedicated the work to Italian composer, conductor and teacher Antonio Salieri. Beethoven was one of Salieri’s pupils.

In his play, later made into a popular movie, Peter Shaffer reinvented Salieri as a bitter rival of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In Shaffer’s story, Salieri murders Mozart out of jealousy. In real life it was more likely they were at least respectful peers.

• Violinist James Jin and pianist Xing Wang perform at Tairawhiti Museum at 2pm, Sunday as part of the Sunday Concert Series.

Folk-inspired pieces Sunshine on Tashkurgan by 20th century Chinese composer Gang Chen and Swiss-born Jewish composer Ernest Bloch’s Nigun are on the programme for a Sunday concert hosted by Tairawhiti Museum.

Composed for violin with piano accompaniment, the works will be performed by Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra’s associate principal second violinist James Jin (violin) and New Zealand School of Music Ph.D student pianist Xing Wang.

Although the two compositions have very different origins they share similar characteristics.

Sunshine on Tashkurgan shifts through moods that change from atmospheric to dramatic, while Nigun is a form of Jewish religious song with hints of lament and joyousness.

For the second part of the programme, they will perform Beethoven’s virtuosic Violin Sonata No.3 in E-flat major.

Beethoven dedicated the work to Italian composer, conductor and teacher Antonio Salieri. Beethoven was one of Salieri’s pupils.

In his play, later made into a popular movie, Peter Shaffer reinvented Salieri as a bitter rival of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In Shaffer’s story, Salieri murders Mozart out of jealousy. In real life it was more likely they were at least respectful peers.

• Violinist James Jin and pianist Xing Wang perform at Tairawhiti Museum at 2pm, Sunday as part of the Sunday Concert Series.

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