MOVING three grand pianos to the one location is no easy feat, but for musician Anita Hoekstra it will be a dream come true when she performs Canto Ostinato with fellow musicians on Saturday in a first for Warrnambool, and quite possibly a first for Australia.
Hoekstra and musicians Jonathan Cox and Gavin Franklin will perform the Simeon ten Holt piece together at the Warrnambool Art Gallery, on three grand pianos which will be transported to the gallery especially for the performance.
“I don’t think we’ve done it in Warrnambool, I don’t even know if we’ve done it in Victoria and I wonder whether we’ve done it anywhere in Australia. It’s just an expensive exercise,” Hoekstra said.
She first heard the music when visiting her family in Holland last July and while it was commonly played in Europe, it was not as well known in Australia. The musicians have been rehearsing together since February for Saturday night’s performance.
“I’m very excited. I can’t wait. It’s beautiful music, it’s so nice. It’s hard to describe ... we’ve been playing it now so many times, including our own rehearsing, and we absolutely adore the piece,” she said.
“It’s quite full on — three grand pianos, but there are sections that are absolutely beautiful where you can easily dream away, and there are sections that are quite demanding where three totally different rhythms are almost competing with one another, so I guess there’s something in it for many people,” Hoekstra said.
One of the most interesting things about the project was the artists working together despite their musical differences.
She said Franklin was a jazz expert, while Cox was well versed in theatre music, musicals and opera and she performed mostly classical and contemporary classical music.
“It’s been fascinating. We learn from each other, we have a lot of fun putting it together. It’s been a marvellous journey,” she said.
“It’s been an absolute journey, learning from one another, laughing a lot and three people who absolutely love their instruments.”
Tickets are available by calling 5562 4059 or 0409 624 059 or limited tickets are available on the night.