Flavio Villani House Concert

Black Sheep Farm, Country Homestead B&B, Waipu is delighted to announce their next House Concert.  Flavio Villani, star of the movie “Crossing Rachmaninoff”  is coming to Waipu for an intimate piano concert and screening of the film highlights.  This is a unique opportunity to experience the journey and passion of such a talented young man and experience his performance in the intimate concert lounge of the Homestead.

“To have a pianist of this calibre come to our home is a great honour– Lisa Uphof 

Concert Programme:

Highlights from the Film “Crossing Rachmaninoff” featuring Flavio Villani

Pianist Flavio performs works by Mozart, Brahms, Chopin

Light refreshments and meet Flavio


Tickets are limited so early booking is essential.  There will be no door sales.

When : Saturday 27 May 5:00 pm and Sunday 28 May 5:00 pm

Where: Country Homestead at Black Sheep Farm, 1034 Cove Rd, Waipu Cove

Tickets: $40 adults.  (10 free tickets available for music students under 16)

Tel:(09) 4320435 or book online at www.blacksheepfarm.co.nz on the events page.

Read more below about Crossing Rachmaninoff

The musical documentary “Crossing Rachmaninoff” follows aspiring Italian pianist Flavio Villani as he prepares to play Rachmaninoff’s demanding Piano Concert No. 2 in Italy, his debut performance as a soloist with an Orchestra.  The movie begins in Auckland and travels with Flavio to Calabria, Italy, for his first rehearsals with an Orchestra which reveals the dynamics of orchestral musicians and those who play with them.  The performance, the biggest night of Flavio’s life, will confirm his arrival as a concert pianist and vindicate his decision to be a musician and become accepted in the classical musical world.  The movie explores the single minded commitment necessary to become a concert pianist.

Flavio must challenge traditional musical thinking and battle personal demons for a chance to make music his life. Crossing Rachmaninoff is a personal odyssey, with all the elements of drama and catharsis that Rachmaninoff himself depicts so splendidly. It explores the fundamental desire to be accepted for who we are, the beauty of music and the courage of those who make it.


“Exhilirating..an intimate portrait of a young musician scaling the heights” Director, NZ International Film Festival


‘A touching and engrossing portrait of the artist” – Peter Calder, NZ Herald

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