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Benefit Recital To Premiere Two New Zealand Works

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Benefit Recital To Premiere Two New Zealand Works

An upcoming benefit recital featuring singer Margaret Medlyn and pianist Bruce Greenfield will feature two contemporary New Zealand works set to classic New Zealand texts.

All proceeds of the recitalto be held on 11 Julywill contribute to a new postgraduate scholarship for talented young performers at the New Zealand School of Music (NZSM), set up and supported by Professor Jack C. Richards, an internationally renowned linguist with a long history of commissioning new music from New Zealand and New Zealand-based composers.

"Both the new works have been commissioned by Professor Richards especially for Margaret and Bruce, and will be performed publicly for the first time," says NZSM Director Professor Elizabeth Hudson.

One of these works, From Garden to Grave, is by composer and former Professor of Music at Victoria University Jenny MacLeod, set to poems by writer Janet Frame. It was first performed by Ms Medlyn with distinguished vocal coach/pianist Rosemary Barnes at a private performance on Bruce Greenfield's 60th birthday in 2009.

The other premiere song cycle, Cages for the Wind, is by NZSM Senior Lecturer Stephan Prock, set to poems by writer Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, who passed away last year.

As a contrast to these contemporary works, Ms Medlyn will also sing a number of well-known songs by Sergei Rachmaninoff and Eric Korngold.

"Both sets are highly attractive and compelling," says Professor Hudson.

Well known as an opera singer, Ms Medlyn has also been a champion of New Zealand women composers, and has a reputation as a charismatic performer. Many Wellington concert-goers will remember her riveting portrayal of the Kostelnicka in Jenufa in 2008 and Kundry in Parsifal in 2006. In addition to her busy singing schedule, she is now lecturing in Voice at the NZSM.

Ms Medlyn's accompanist, Mr Greenfield, is Head of Music for Opera New Zealand. He regularly accompanies some of New Zealand's finest artists, as well as being involved in coaching most up-and-coming young New Zealand opera singers.

Event details: From Garden to Grave A benefit recital featuring Margaret Medlyn and Bruce Greenfield All proceeds will go towards Professor Jack C. Richard's NZSM postgraduate scholarship fund 4.30pm, Sunday 11 July Hunter Concert Chamber Kelburn Campus Victoria University of Wellington Tickets: $35 from Ticketek (additional donation options are available when you purchase your ticket)

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