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Recital Rustica Romania

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AUGUST 2018 | Sharon Webb

A FEAST of classical and European folk music performed by local musicians will be presented by Arts Deloraine at Gallery 9 on Sunday 26th August.

The star attraction will be Deloraine composer Bruce McNicol playing the premiere of his recently completed Left Hand Piano Sonata along with two more of his compositions, Two Nocturnes and a Waltz Macabre and Ten Conversations with my Mother (Elegy).

Mr McNicol said his compositions for piano will be the first of three of the concert performances featuring very different types of music.

“Concert goers will also be treated to a duet: Westbury’s Joanne Mitchelson on harp and Hamish Pike on violin,” he said.

“They will play several pieces from their extensive repertoire, including an original work by each, Plaisir d’amour by G. Martini, Heartstrings by Rolf Lovland and Butterfly, a traditional Irish tune.”

Finally, as a trio, the musicians will present the first performance of their new world music group Rustica Romania, with Bruce on piano accordion, Joanne on Romanian Pan flute and Hamish on violin.

“As the Romanians themselves do, this will be a mixture of folk music and such pieces as The Lonely Shepherd, written by James Last in 1978 for pan flute and Hungarian Dance No. 5 by Johannes Brahms,” Mr NcNicol said.

The concert begins at 2.00pm; tickets are $20.00, $15.00 concession and Arts Deloraine members, and $10.00 for youth up to 16 years, available at the door or from the Alpaca Shoppe.

Photo | Wayne Enright