Trio Élan, from left, Donald Armstrong, Sarah Watkins and Simon Brew.
Three of New Zealand’s leading chamber musicians will perform in Warkworth next month.
Ensemble Trio Élan comprises Donald Armstrong on violin, Simon Brew on saxophone and Sarah Watkins on piano.
The programme will include impressionist, tango and jazz-tinged works from France, New Zealand, Argentina and the United States.
It will feature several takes on the rhythms of South America’s tango and new works from New Zealand composer Peter Liley.
Donald Armstrong is associate concertmaster of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) and former music director of the NZ Chamber Orchestra (NZCO). His leadership is credited with creating the “dynamic and exciting style” of the NZCO.
Simon Brew performs regularly as principal saxophonist for the NZSO and Orchestra Wellington. He is in high demand as a soloist, chamber musician, music director and teacher.
Sarah Watkins regularly plays with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Her recordings “Sway” with NZTrio and “Gung-ho” with trombonist David Bremner were both winners in the Vodafone NZ Music Awards for best classical album.
Trio Élan performs at Warkworth Town Hall on Saturday, April 17, at 4pm.
For tickets, visit the Warkworth Music website (www.warkworthmusic.org.nz). Members $25, non-members $35, tertiary students $10, school students are free. Cash sales are available at the door.