It was a spectacle. The marimba was the length of a car, and Ms Tsuruta danced her way through the performance as if it were modern ballet, double mallets in each hand, landing pinpoint strikes in the marimba keys from above her head, creeping up on moments with a dream-like elegance, in complete control of every movement, and hence of every sound of every musical, mesmerising, moment. Waikato Times.
Du Plessis possesses a relaxed, unpretentious delivery with an engaging stage presence, compelling her audience to become immersed in her music-making, and the pathways of constant instrumental dialogue were concise and intuitive. Otago Daily Times.
On this tour they perform a diverse programme that brings together Tchaikovsky, Arvo Pärt, traditional Japanese songs and the infectious rhythms of Atanas Ourkouzounov.
Yoshiko Tsuruta began playing the marimba as a primary school student growing up in Japan. After relocating to New Zealand, she graduated from the New Zealand School of Music before studying music in Europe. Since returning home to Aotearoa she has won several competitions and played concertos with many orchestras.
Originally from South Africa, Heleen lectured in cello in Pretoria for 15 years before taking up a position at Otago University. Dunedin is now her base from which she has a busy career performing concertos, as part of various chamber ensembles and with the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra.
Cash sales are at Gifted Design, 19 Helwick Street, $35 adults; $30 Wanaka Concert Society Subscribers and Children/students free. Tickets also available online at Eventfinda.co.nz.
This will be an exciting concert!