|Sean Hughes | Category: Music|
REDCAT's February 6 concert, "Mark Menzies: from the islands...to fragments", was quirky, ambitious, lengthy and rewarding. At the outset, not all of the 240 seats were occupied; after intermission, another 50 were empty. Even for those of us who love music, two hours of solo violin/viola was daunting. But the more one focused on Mark Menzies—his calm demeanor, the skills he employed to navigate complex music, the remarkable range of sounds emanating from his instruments—the more involving the evening became. He also had a couple of surprises up his sleeve that no one in attendance will soon forget.
Mark Menzies is a ruggedly handsome New Zealand native in his late 40's. His exceptional three-page resume includes performances all over the world, collaborations with small ensembles and large orchestras, as well as premieres of many works written by and for him. [Read more]
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