Friday, April 21, 2017

Riddles plus a fiddle in Paekakariki


Bill Manhire, Hannah Griffin and Norman Meehan will perform Tell Me My Name with Martin Riseley in Paekakariki on April 30.  The presentation is directed by Sarah Brodie.

‘Riddles plus a fiddle’, a music, theatre and literary show in two parts, is being staged in St Peter’s Hall, Paekakariki from 5.00 to 6.30 pm on Sunday 30 April.  The main bill is Tell Me My Name, a staged performance of new riddles by poet Bill Manhire, directed by Sara Brodie. 

The songs, which range from meditative ballads to joyful stomp, will be sung by Hannah Griffin, accompanied by violinist Martin Riseley, and pianist Norman Meehan, the show’s composer.  “Griffin’s voice is clear and true,” wrote reviewer Lorne Knight, “with piano and violin providing perfect support but rarely taking the focus from the delightfully crafted and typically elusive lines.”  The songs will be interspersed with readings and parables, charms and ciphers, from Bill Manhire. 
Tell Me My name will be preceded by a recital by Martin Riseley, one of New Zealand’s most distinguished musicians.  Martin has performed as soloist and concertmaster with leading orchestras in the USA, Canada and Great Britain, and in chamber groups with Yo Yo Ma and many other well-known performers. He is currently Associate Professor and Head of String, Violin and Orchestra at the New Zealand School of Music. Martin will perform three works for solo violin: Preludio and Gavotte in E by J.S. Bach; Variations on ‘Nel Cor Piu Non Me Sento’ by Paganini; and Burla, composed by Lyell Cresswell for Douglas Lilburn’s 80th birthday.
‘Riddles and a fiddle’ will start at 5.00 pm and finish at 6.30 pm, with doors opening at 4.30.  Tickets at $20 are available through or from the Paekakariki Fruit Shop.  There will be limited door sales. 

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