Thursday, 31 May 2012

Performance Evening May 29

A busy evening with quite a number of secondary school chamber music groups performing their competition pieces.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Bassoon Masterclass with Dr Michael Burns

Auckland Philharmonia Rehearsal Hall
corner of St Albans Ave and Dominion Rd.

Sunday 3 June
2:00pm to 4:30pm

Admission for members and their families is free!  ($5 for non-member guests)
We have adult and student performers, so there will be interesting tips for everyone.  They will be accompanied by a pianist.
Michael is a kiwi who has been living and teaching bassoon in the US for many years.  A bit about him:
New Zealander Michael Burns is Professor of bassoon at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and is a Yamaha Performing Artist. He has recorded for the Centaur, CAP, Telarc, EMI, Klavier, and Mark labels and his solo CD Primavera: Music for Bassoon and Piano by Bassoonists was recently released to critical acclaim on the Mark Masters label. He currently is an active performer as a soloist, in chamber groups, and orchestrally with numerous recent performances at International Double Reed Society conventions, recitals and masterclasses throughout North America, Germany, China and the South Pacific. He serves as principal bassoon with the Asheville Symphony, the Opera Company of North Carolina, and the Carolina Ballet and as bassoonist in the EastWind Ensemble, the Blue Mountain Ensemble, and Forecast Music. He also performs regularly with the North Carolina, and Greensboro Symphonies and as a guest with the Ciompi Quartet and Mallarme Chamber Players. In summers, Burns has been associated with the Eastern Music Festival and the Bands of America Summer Symposium and joins the faculty of the Saarburger Serenaden in Germany and the Vianden International Music Festival and School in Luxembourg in 2012.

Prior to his current positions, Burns performed in numerous professional orchestras including the Cincinnati and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and he held Principal positions with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra under Keith Lockhart, and the Midland/Odessa, Richmond and Abilene Symphonies.  He has taught at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory, Indiana State University, Midland College, and a variety of summer festivals and schools. Burns holds the B.M. degree from the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, the M.M. from the New England Conservatory, and the D.M.A. from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Burns is also an active composer with many of his pieces being published by TrevCo Music and Potenza Music and frequently performed internationally. He has published articles and reviews in the Double Reed (the journal of the International Double Reed Society), the Texas Bandmasters’ Association Journal, the NC Music Educator for which he served as Woodwind Notes Editor, 1995-2007, Notes and on the Yamaha Educator Series online. His mentors include William Winstead, Sherman Walt, Leonard Sharrow, Sidney Rosenberg, and Colin Hemmingsen. He is archivist for the International Double Reed Society. For more information please visit:

Hope to see you there!

Performance Evening - 29 May - All Welcome

Our next Performer's Evening will be on Tuesday 29 May at 7.30pm, KBB Central Auckland showroom, 136 Karangahape Rd. Entry by gold coin donation. This evening will be the dress rehearsal for groups with NZDRS members in them, who are competing in the National Schools Chamber music competition the following week.

The following groups will be playing:

FLOBOESOON CInq Pieces Breves by Edwin Carr (NZ)
HARLEQUIN   Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano by J.Francaix
POB TRIO: Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano by Anthony Young(NZ)
POTTY DAMES   Trio Sonata for Flute, Oboe, Bassoon by Quantz
REED BETWEEN THE LINES: Theme and Variations for two oboes and cor anglais by F. Zehm
RUNNING LATE:   Moravian Dances for flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon by L.Janacek
SILVA TRIO: Divertissement IV    for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon by W. Mozart
ZEN TRIO: Trio for Flute, Oboe and Piano by Madeline Dring

We look forward to seeing some of you there to support and be inspired by these young musicians!

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Oboe Soloist: Nicholas Cornish

Two of the Southern Sinfonia's principal wind players are moving from the centre of the orchestra to the soloist's spotlight at the front. Luca Manghi (flute) and Nicholas Cornish (oboe) will perform in the Sinfonia's Wind Power concerts at the King's and Queen's Performing Arts Centre this weekend.

Charmian Smith talks to oboist Nicholas Cornish and flautist Luca Manghi.

Click the link to read the article in the Otago Daily Times.
Otago Daily Times: Moving into Soloist's Spotlight