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Te Koki TrioTe Koki Trio


An exciting concert is coming to the Kapiti Coast on Sunday 28 May, when Mulled Wine Concerts presents the Te Koki Trio at the beautiful beachfront Memorial Hall,  in Paekakariki. The Trio comprises three full-time members of the staff from New Zealand School of Music – Martin Riseley (violin), Inbal Megiddo (cello) and Jian Liu (piano) – all of whom have extensive careers as professional musicians both nationally and internationally. Between 2011 and 2016, they have performed in all New Zealand's main centres, including Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin, etc., as well as Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and China, with further national and international performances planned for 2018.

The centrepiece of the programme will be Beethoven's fabulous "Archduke Trio", so known because it was dedicated to Archduke Rudolph of Austria, the youngest child of Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor. Rudolf was an amateur pianist and a patron, friend, and composition student of Beethoven. The trio was written late in the Beethoven's so-called "middle period". He began composing it in the summer of 1810, and completed it in March 1811.

Other pieces to be featured include Ravel's Sonata for Violin and Piano, the Bach Cello Suite in C and The Carmen Fantasy, Op. 25, by Pablo de Sarasate - a violin fantasy on themes from the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet. A version of this with piano accompaniment was published in 1882.

Mulled Wine Concerts organiser Mary Gow said "We are indeed happy to again present top-level musicians in Paekakariki. The links with the New Zealand School of Music are growing stronger and New Zealand is increasingly recognised as a power-house of classical music in the Southern Hemisphere."

Paekakariki is one of the jewels of the Kapiti Coast and features coastal walks, cycle trails and a long, beautiful beach as well as the hotel, cafes and restaurants. What better way for concert-goers to combine their outdoor activities to have a special day out, finishing off with some fine music?

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