Cellos Meet Voice with Rebecca Ryan


Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall, 33 Buckingham St, Arrowtown, Queenstown Lakes

Saturday 8 August 2020 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Cellos and Song Programme with Soprano Rebecca Ryan from Dunedin
Includes songs from well-known operas, musicals and cello repertoire such as Rachmaninov’s Vocalise and Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasilleras No.5

In this Cellists of Otago’s concert, the celebrated Dunedin based cello ensemble directed by Heleen du Plessis will be joined by award winning, internationally experienced New Zealand soprano, Rebecca Ryan, in a programme pact with much-loved songs for cello ensemble and voice. Promising to sing their way to your hearts the programme will include songs from famous operas, musicals, and the cello repertoire – from Lloyd Webber to Lilburn, traditional to Māori, Wagner to Verdi and featuring Villa-Lobos’ magnificent Bachianas Brasilieras no. 5.

Doors Open at 5.15pm. Join us for complimentary Canapes and Cash Bar

Cellists of Otago with Rebecca Ryan

Lake Wanaka Centre, 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Sunday 9 August 2020 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Cellists of Otago is a Dunedin based ensemble directed by Dr Heleen du Plessis and comprises University of Otago students, Dunedin Symphony Orchestra cellists, high school pupils and community cellists. They delight audiences with the variety of their innovative programmes and have won praise from audiences and critics alike. In 2016 the Wanaka Mirror described their music as “delightful”, “captivating”, “enthralling” and “a treat”.

The Cellists of Otago foster collaboration between institutions and the community by creating an environment in which students and professional artists perform and interact. They enhance musicianship skills and create an awareness of cello in the region.

Reviewers have described the Cellists of Otago as having “rich sonority”, and “intriguing and appealing sound” which “has quickly and worthily gained wide recognition”.

Cellists of Otago guest artists, all of national and international standing, have included Anna Leese, Stephen Diaz, Matthew Marshall, Luca Manghi, Nick Cornish, Peter Adams, Tom McGrath, Graham Downes and Sophie Morris.
The Wanaka concert will feature renowned New Zealand soprano, Rebecca Ryan, in a programme packed with much-loved songs for cello ensemble and duo.

Promising to sing their way into your hearts, Cellists of Otago have chosen songs from well-known operas, musicals and cello repertoire such as Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise and one of the most popular works for cello ensemble and soprano, Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasilieras No. 5.

© 2020 by Cellists of Otago.