Songs of Exiles
The Canterbury Cellos,
heard by HOWARD SMITH
An especially unprecedented, welcome and rewarding evening was received with delight when Masterton district music lovers assembled to hear a diverting programme by the finest young performers from the premiere New Zealand cello classes at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch.
Cello ensembles are thin on the ground; best known are 'The 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra' (Established 1972).
Others are scattered in widely-unknown places; ie the Towson University Cello Ensemble, Maryland, USA (f'rinstance), founded in 1986 by Polish-American virtuoso, Cecylia Barczyk.
Christchurch's twenty-three Arts Centre heritage buildings and other concert venues received significant damage in the 22 February 2011 earthquake and its subsequent aftershocks, and all have been issued with red 'Unsafe' placards.
With this in mind noted cellist/lecturer Edith Salzmann and her seven gifted students have been happy to appear as 'The Canterbury Cellists' in several unconventional settings during the New Zealand autumn and winter...
Copyright © 31 August 2011
Masterton, New Zealand