Symphony in the Park with Sol3 Mio
March 3, 2018
Join Orchestra Wellington and superstar opera trio SOL3 MIO for a special outdoor concert in the heart of Porirua. Samoan brothers Pene and Amitai Pati from Mangere, and their North Shore baritone cousin Moses Mackay return to New Zealand, bringing their mix of powerful and moving operatic voices (with more than a dash of irrepressible Samoan humour!).
CubaDupa - The Eagle has Landed
March 24-25, 2018
It’s 1969. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin are about to be the first people to set foot on the moon – or are they? What if these Apollo astronauts discovered a group of stranded characters from a Jules Verne novel had arrived before them? With music by Anthony Ritchie, words by Stuart Hoar, and performers from NZ Opera and Capital! Steampunk, this street opera will transport audiences to an encounter that is truly out of this world!
Dunedin Symphony Orchestra: Shlomo Mintz plays Tchaikovsky
April 14, 2018
Legendary virtuoso Shlomo Mintz returns to Dunedin as soloist in Tchaikovsky’s monumental Violin Concerto. Esteemed for his impeccable musicianship, stylistic versatility and commanding technique, he regularly appears with the most celebrated orchestras and conductors on the international stage.
Spanish conductor José Luis Gomez started his musical career as a violinist in Venezuela’s renowned El Sistema project. In September 2010, he was catapulted to international attention when he won First Prize at the International Sir Georg Solti Conductor’s Competition. His electrifying energy, talent and creativity led to immediate appointments with international orchestras. On his first visit to Dunedin, he will conduct Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7, a symphony regarded as one of Dvorak’s finest.
Orchestra Wellington - Symphony in The Hutt
May 18, 2018
The Hutt Valley has a rich sporting heritage, and our people are proud of their many sporting achievements, both as individuals and teams on local, national, and international scales.
Historically, Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt have held separate Awards events (the Hutt City Sports Awards and the Upper Hutt Sports Awards, respectively). In 2016 the decision was made to create a new, combined event covering both Upper and Lower Hutt.
The inaugural Hutt Valley Sports Awards were held on Thursday 19 May 2016, and were a spectacular evening of entertainment, food, drink, and of course, celebration of our region's greatest sporting achievements.
The new Hutt Valley Sports Awards are now an annual fixture, with awards ceremonies being held in May each year.
Royal New Zealand Ballet - Dancing with Mozart
May 31 - July 8, 2018
4 Ballets. 3 Choreographers. 1 Composer.
Great music inspires great dance this winter, as the Royal New Zealand Ballet brings works by two of the greatest choreographers of the 20th and 21st centuries to New Zealand stages, together with an exciting new commission from New Zealander Corey Baker, the first ballet ever created in the frozen wilderness of Antarctica.
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra - An Evening with Simon O'Neill
June 8 -16, 2018
Wagner - Wesendonck Lieder
Bruckner - Symphony No. 4 in E flat major
New Zealander Simon O’Neill has been hailed as one of the finest tenors on the international stage, frequently performing with the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House and with orchestras all over the world. Hailed by critics as “The Wagnerian tenor of his generation,” O’Neill joins the NZSO to perform Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder, which the composer wrote to poems by Mathilde Wesendonck while working on his opera Tristan und Isolde.
Anton Bruckner approved of his Symphony No. 4 earning the byname ‘Romantic Symphony’. It was his first symphony to achieve significant public acclaim and remains one of his most popular works. It is ambitious, full of grand emotional gestures and dramatic orchestration. It is also a feast of sound, from brass themes and folk-like melodies to mournful strings and fanfares.
Lawrence Renes has a long association with both Simon O’Neill and NZSO Music Director Edo de Waart, and his return to conduct the NZSO is highly anticipated.
Great and Noble 2018 Season
7.30pm, Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington
This season, we focus on an extraordinary composer whose music is inextricably linked with the music of his homeland. Antonín Dvořák’s music is inconceivable without acknowledging his reverence for the folk traditions of Bohemia. Dvořák himself said even his most serious works were constructed from the “half-forgotten tunes of the Bohemian peasants”.
NZ Opera - The Elixir of Love
June 23-30, 2018
Donizetti’s bel canto comedy, The Elixir of Love is as charming as it is funny. Nemorino is a likeable but hopeless romantic who has fallen in love with the bold and quick-witted Adina. She isn’t won over by his pleas of love and things get worse when she has an offer of marriage from the self-important Sergeant Belcore. When a dubious salesman, Dulcamara, rolls into town he offers Nemorino what seems like the perfect solution – The Elixir of Love.
Set in an Antipodean country town at the turn of the 20th century, Simon Phillip's production of The Elixir of Love beautifully captures this opera’s light-hearted humour.
Pene Pati – of Sol3 Mio fame – and Amina Edris, return to New Zealand from San Francisco Opera, bringing their natural charisma and warmth to the roles of Nemorino and Adina. As Dulcamara, Conal Coad showcases his outstanding comedic abilities and is joined by rising-star Morgan Pearse as Belcore. Wyn Davies returns to conduct this sentimental masterpiece.
Read the synopsis here
Orchestra Wellington - Songs of Moana
July 14, 2018
An explosive show with a full live orchestra, filled with singing, dancing and of course those famous log drums, this is a family concert not to be missed!
Orchestra Wellington will be joined by the South Pacific ensemble Te Vaka to perform ‘We Know The Way’, ‘How Far I’ll Go’ and other favourites from Disney’s hit movie Moana.
Te Vaka return to New Zealand shores after more than a decade, and for the first time since scoring the 2016 film. Te Vaka is a group of musicians and dancers from the South Pacific brought together under the inspired leadership of Opetaia Foa’i. They have toured the world extensively for more than 20 years, representing New Zealand and the South Pacific. In 2013 Opetaia was requested by Disney to write the soundtrack for Moana.
Dunedin Symphony Orchestra - Voila Viola!
August 4 & 5, 2018
Richard Davis - ConductorTim Deighton - ViolaProgramme:Britten: Simple SymphonyCopland: Appalachian Spring SuiteAnthony Ritchie: Viola Concerto No. 2(world première)Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings
Dunedin-based Anthony Ritchie has been hailed as “one of the greatest composers of his time” and the DSO has had the privilege of many première performances of his works during its 29-year association with him. The DSO is delighted to be presenting yet another world première performance: his Viola Concerto No. 2. Tim Deighton, the concerto soloist, originally from New Zealand, is Professor of Viola at Penn State University (USA) and is acclaimed as a leading teacher and performer.
Complementing this new work are two 20th century works: Benjamin Britten’s Simple Symphony and Copland’s Appalachian Spring, and the programme concludes with Tchaikovsky’s rousing Serenade for Strings.
Melbourne-based conductor Richard Davis is known for his versatility, and he conducts leading orchestras in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra - Stravinsky & Rachmaninov
August 24 & 25, 2018
Stravinsky - Symphonies of Wind Instruments (1947 Revised Version)
Stravinsky - Symphony in Three Movements
Rachmaninov - Symphony No. 2, Op. 27
It’s a double helping of Igor Stravinsky, opening with his strikingly original work Symphonies of Wind Instruments. First performed in 1921, Stravinsky’s 1947 revised version became the standard and remains both elegiac and haunting.
Completed in 1945, the composer’s Symphony in Three Movements was his first major piece after immigrating to the United States. Sourcing ideas from an abandoned film music project and Stravinsky’s wartime impressions from documentaries and news reels, it is a bold and utterly captivating work.
Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony premiered to great acclaim and restored the composer’s confidence after a disastrous response to his First Symphony. Imbued with expansive melodies, rhapsodies par excellence and brilliant orchestration, this is one of Rachmaninov’s popular works and perfectly suited for the dexterity and dynamism of Edo de Waart and the NZSO.
NZ Opera - La bohème
October 4-13, 2018
A lost key and an accidental touch of cold hands in the dark; so begins one of the great romances of all opera. Puccini’s glorious masterpiece of youth, passionate love and heartbreak springs to life in this exciting new production by Jacqueline Coats.
La bohème features the return of some of the most brilliant young New Zealand singers on the international stage - Thomas Atkins, Marlena Devoe, Julien Van Mellaerts, and Amelia Berry - along with Australians Timothy Newton and Nicholas Lester. Tobias Ringborg, who was last in New Zealand for Tosca in 2015, returns to conduct another of Puccini’s great operas.
Whether it’s your first time or your fiftieth, La bohème will remind you what it means to be alive and in love.
Ensemble NZ - Concert for Alzheimer's NZ
October 21, 2018
Established in 2018 by International Award-winning British conductor Sam Burstin, Enzemble NZ promises to bring a new kind of musical experience to the world's #CoolestLittleCapital, Wellington. Our mission is to perform wonderful music for worthy causes. We'll be drawing together musicians from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Wellington, the Wellington Chamber Orchestra and others, as well as the best students in the city, so each concert will be fresh, fun and fabulous. Best of all, all our concerts will be FREE to attend! We will ask for donations, and every dollar raised over venue and music costs will go directly to a worthy cause or charity. So not only will our audiences enjoy amazing music played with spirit and passion, they will be supporting great causes too.
Sinfonia for Hope - Violins of Hope
November 8, 2018
Sinfonia for Hope makes its debut in the Renouf Foyer of the Michael Fowler and marks the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht. The work performed was Violins of Hope by Israeli composer, Ohad Ben-Ari, with Israeli soloists Tal First (violin) and Inbal Megiddo (cello).
The proceeds of the concert were donated to the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand to help raise awareness of the atrocities of WW2 and to educate especially the youth of today to try to ensure that such events never occur again.
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra - Christmas Pops
December 15, 2018
Like an assortment of presents under the Christmas tree, Christmas Pops features a mix of music and sing-alongs which will appeal to the whole family.
Presented by charismatic Australian mezzo-soprano Jacqui Dark and conducted by the acclaimed Benjamin Northey, the NZSO perform works from composers such as Vaughan Williams, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky – including a selection from his beloved The Nutcracker.
They will be played alongside traditional favourites, including Oh Come all Ye Faithful, The Twelve Days of Christmas and Silent Night.
Counsel in Concert: All I Want for Christmas
December 18, 2018
Counsel in Concert is based at Crown Law and has been running since 2009. The choir and orchestra are comprised of lawyers and legal staff from throughout the Wellington region, augmented by members of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Wellington.
Each year Counsel in Concert performs a large scale charity concert raising funds for the Child Cancer Foundation. Over 60 lawyers are involved in the event.
This year’s festive programme has a Christmas theme and includes Carol of the Bells, Poulenc's Gloria, songs from Love Actually, Jesus Christ Superstar and more. The performance will be conducted by Brent Stewart.
In addition to the choir, Counsel in Concert regularly features soloists from the legal profession. This year’s soloists include jazz singer Stephanie Bishop. Stephanie combines a busy legal practice as a Crown prosecutor and partner at Luke Cunningham Clere with an extensive background performing nationally and in the UK as a jazz and blues vocalist.
The organisers are very grateful to the sponsors of the event: Simpson Grierson, Tripe Matthews Feist, Stout Street Chambers, Greg Kelly Law, Rachael Dewar Law, New Zealand Law Society, Fyfe & Doherty, Lambton Chambers Barristers, Duncan Cotterill, WCM Legal and Extra Law.
Thank you also to St Andrew’s on the Terrace and Orchestra Wellington. The generosity of the sponsors and other supporters means that all donations from the concerts go to the Child Cancer Foundation.