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Friends of Pataka Winter Music Series - Concert

Festival Singers of Wellington

05 August 2018
Pataka - Porirua Museum Porirua Jonathan Berkahn
Philip Garside - Secretary
04 475 8855
books@pgpl.co.nz
https://festivalsingers.wordpress.com/

The Creation — Haydn

Festival Singers of Wellington

24 June 2018
2.00 pm
Wellington Jonathan Berkahn
Philip Garside - Secretary
04 475 8855
books@pgpl.co.nz
https://festivalsingers.wordpress.com/

Singalong Messiah

Festival Singers of Wellington

24 November 2018
7.00 pm
Wesley Methodist Church - 75 Taranaki Street Wellington Jonathan Berkahn
Philip Garside - Secretary
04 475 8855
books@pgpl.co.nz
https://festivalsingers.wordpress.com/

Great Opera Choruses with guest Mezzo Soprano Cecily Shaw

Wanganui Male Choir

01 July 2018
2.30pm
Central Baptist Church, Wicksteed Street, Whanganui WHANGANUI Margaret Thompson
Oliver Lane
063489363
oliverlane@xtra.co.nz

New Zealand: Life and Land

Rotorua District Choir

26 May 2018
7.30 pm
St Luke's Church, Amohia St Rotorua Elizabeth Pilaar
Elizabeth Pilaar
07 985 4119
rotorua.district.choir@gmail.com

Come and join the Rotorua District Choir for their first concert of 2018,  where the choir will sing a collection of New Zealand music depicting life and land.

MEALOR

Auckland Youth Choir

26 May 2018
8:00pm
Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell Auckland Lachlan Craig
Rosemary Chapman
aucklandyouthchoir@gmail.com
www.ayc.org.nz

Paul Mealor has been described as ‘the most important composer to have emerged in Welsh choral music since William Mathias‘ (New York Times, 2001), reaching international fame when his Motet, Ubi Caritas, was performed during the Royal Wedding Ceremony of His Royal Highness Prince William and Catherine Middleton (now TRH The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge) at Westminster Abbey.

The Auckland Youth Choir is delighted to have Paul join us in Auckland to workshop this piece. Paul will also be conducting a talk prior to the concert about the piece, and about Music and Spirituality for Premium ticket holders. Having worked with Paul when the choir performed his Stabat Mater at Carnegie Hall in New York, the choir is very excited to present this work.

Symphony No.1 'Passiontide' begins with the Stabat Mater and moves into his Crucifixus.

Duruflé Requiem and Vivaldi Gloria

Bay of Islands Singers

26 May 2018
19:30
Turner Centre Auditorium Kerikeri John Jackets
Denise Pitts
09 407 4606
president@theboisingers.org.nz
http://www.theboisingers.org.nz

Autumn Concert

With a Guest orchestra

Organ - Michael Bell

Soloists: Tania Priebs  soprano: Helen Acheson mezzo-soprano: Michael Burch baritone

Conductor  - John Jackets

Programme:

Duruflé - Requiem

Caccini - Ave Maria

Boyce - Symphony No 5

Gigout - Grand Choeur Dialogue

Vivaldi - Gloria

New Zealand: Life and Land

Rotorua District Choir

27 May 2018
2.00 pm
St Luke's Church, Amohia St Rotorua Elizabeth Pilaar
Elizabeth Pilaar
07 985 4119
rotorua.district.choir@gmail.com

Come and join the Rotorua District Choir for their first concert of 2018,  where the choir will sing a collection of New Zealand music depicting life and land.

Hair, There & Everywhere

South Brighton Voices (formerly South Brighton Choral Society)

27 May 2018
2pm
Opawa Community Church Christchurch Diane Coad
Helen Buxton
33885456
helenevz@xtra.co.nz

Featuring songs from all over - Hair, Les Miserables and more...

Variety Concert - Popular Classic Hits and Traditional Music

City of Auckland Singers & Auckland Girls' Choir

27 May 2018
2.00pm
St Heliers Presbyterian Church, 100 St Heliers Bay Rd, St Heliers. Auckland Sue Murray & Leonie Lawson
Raewyn Dakers
521 4651
ldrjd2@gmail.com
www.cityofaucklandsingers.net.nz

The City of Auckland Singers and the Auckland Girls' Choir present a programme of popular, classic hits and traditional music.

The Auckland Girls' Choir are fundraising for a USA Music Tour in September-October 2018, and the City of Auckland Singers are fundraising to perform in Australia in 2019.

Ave Maria

The Graduate Choir NZ

31 May 2018
7:30pm
St Benedicts Church, Eden Terrace Auckland Terence Maskell
Robyn Haydon
09426 6043
thegradsnz@gmail.com
http://www.graduatechoirnz.org/

In 2013 The Graduate Choir NZ presented a recital at St Benedict’s called “Ave Maria” celebrating music written in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This performance to a capacity audience received high commendation and, over the years, there were requests for another one. We are delighted, therefore, five years after the first one, to present a further “Ave Maria” recital in St Benedict’s on Thursday 31 May 2018 – which happens to be the Feast of the Visitation. This concert will be recorded producing a CD – a welcome fourth album in our discography. The programme will feature some of the most popular music from our earlier recital, including works by Lauridsen, Artley, Parsons, Poulenc and Howells. It will also expand the listener’s pleasure with new repertoire that includes music by Palestrina, Tavener, Stanford, Górecki and Stopford – all covering a wide range of the repertory from the Renaissance through to very recent compositions. Some are reflective, atmospheric pieces; others are more straightforward settings of familiar texts, while others are monumental choral masterpieces that are seldom heard – all with The Mother of Christ as the central focus. In short, there will be something to appeal to everyone, and we urge you to book early to ensure that you don’t miss what promises to be a stunning programme of choral music by one of the country’s finest choirs

BMNZ presents: Chopin & Saint-Saëns (NZ Premiere & young NZ star pianist)

Bach Musica NZ

03 June 2018
5pm
Auckland Town Hall Auckland Rita Paczian
Glenys Riggir
(09)309 2224
admin@bachmusica.com
www.bachmusica.com

Bach Musica NZ continues its 2018 concert series with two very distinct composers of the early 19th century in the grandiose setting and great acoustic of their musical residency at Auckland Town Hall on Sunday, 3 June at 5pm.

Bach Musica NZ is delighted to have two times Wallace National Piano Competition winner and next Gen star pianist Lixin Zhang to open the evening with Frédéric Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2. This piece, composed by the young Chopin in 1829 even before he had finished his formal education, was designed to display his mastery of the instrument. Fittingly, it is the 16-year old already highly-awarded virtuoso Lixin Zhang who presents the work of this bold, innovative pianist-turned-composer.

In the second half of the evening Bach Musica NZ introduces to Auckland audiences a New Zealand Premiere of the moving Requiem by Camille Saint-Saëns. Once described as the French Mendelssohn, the composer completed this commissioned work in eight days. It is scored for four vocal soloist, choir, large orchestra and grand organ, used to grand effect, foreshadowing his famous Organ Symphony.

For this concert Bach Musica NZ is delighted to present four of New Zealand’s finest national and international soloists: soprano Sophie Sparrow, Dame Malvina Foundation Alumna; mezzo Kate Spence, NZ Mobil Song Quest prizewinner and Winston Churchill memorial Fellowship holder, international tenor Oliver Sewell, Resident Artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and Samoan bass-baritone Joel Amosa, one of the country’s rising opera stars.

Under international conductor and Music Director Rita Paczian this promises a night not to be missed.

WHEN                     Sunday, 3 June 2018, 5-7pm

WHERE                  Auckland Town Hall, Queen Street 303, 1010 Auckland

WHO                        Bach Musica NZ choir and orchestra

PROGRAM            Frédéric Chopin Piano Concert No 2

                                    Camille Saint-Saëns Requiem

SOLOISTS             Lixin Zhang piano

Sophie Sparrow soprano

Kate Spence alto

Oliver Sewell tenor

Joel Amosa bass

CONDUCTOR       Rita Paczian

TICKETS                $25-$65, $10 children & students with I.D. 

Book now at www.ticketmaster.co.nz
0800 111 999 / 09 970 9700

(booking fees may apply)

Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

Mosaic Waikato Modern Choir Annual Concert 2018

Mosaic Waikato Modern Choir

08 June 2018
2.00 pm
St. Andrew's Church, Cambridge Cambridge Brooke Baker
Katrina Richards
07 827 0781
katrinaj@xtra.co.nz
www.mosaicchoir.com

Mosaic Says  ♫ THOSE WERE THE DAYS.........

And if you want to find out when those days were, then you need to be at St Andrew’s Church, Cambridge, on Saturday 9th June when MOSAIC Waikato Modern Choir presents its Annual Concert.  As always, the concert will include ‘something for everyone’ – from a beautiful Maori melody to a medley of Broadway songs that will bring back memories for many! The all-comers , unauditioned choir, was established in 2007 and now performs at many various events and functions – including the Cambridge Autumn Festival, the Tulip Festival , the Waikato Show, Anzac Day service and the Cambridge Christmas Festival.  MOSAIC Choir comprises folk from all walks of life who come together purely because they just love to sing.  This happens each week under the guidance of the choir’s exuberant and hugely talented Musical Director Brooke Baker, and equally gifted accompanist Cindy Xia.

This year, the choir is delighted to welcome Hamilton Band  “Date Month Year” as its Guest Artist for the concert. The band was formed in 2003 and with an evolving membership the line-up has included musicians from many walks of life, including Teacher, Students, Brewer, Politician, Social Worker, Manager, Team Leader and Creative Entrepreneur.  As well as performing widely, not only in bars but for live theatre, festivals and alongside a full symphony Orchestra, the music of “Date Month Year” has featured in TV soundtracks, adverts and films – enjoying airplay internationally from Mexico to the UK, across Europe, USA and Australia.

The band’s unique approach to songwriting engages its members –inviting them to each bring their own personality and “flavour” weaving together dynamic elements throughout the conceptual, musical, lyrical, and phrasing elements, and in live interpretation.  The central vision of “Date Month Year” is a framework for making music in which all contributors can shine.  The choir is excited and honoured that the band has agreed to be the guest artist for this year’s concert.

There will be 2 concerts on Saturday 9th June – a shortened version at 2.00pm and the full concert at 5.00pm  Tickets for the 2.00pm show cost $10 per Adult;  $5 With Gold Card;  Under 13 Free.  Tickets for the full concert at 5.00pm cost $15 per Adult;  $10 With Gold Card;  Under 13 Free.  Tickets are available from Paper Plus, Cambridge, from choir members, and door sales (If all tickets not sold prior).    Last year’s concerts were a sell-out, and the choir looks forward to full audiences again this year at its Celebration of Voice and Music

Mosaic Waikato Modern Choir Annual Concert

Mosaic Waikato Modern Choir

09 June 2018
5.00 pm
St Andrew's Church, Cambridge Cambridge Brooke Baker
Katrina Richards
07 827 0781
katrinaj@xtra.co.nz
www.mosaicchoir.com

Mosaic Says  ♫ THOSE WERE THE DAYS.........

And if you want to find out when those days were, then you need to be at St Andrew’s Church, Cambridge, on Saturday 9th June when MOSAIC Waikato Modern Choir presents its Annual Concert.  As always, the concert will include ‘something for everyone’ – from a beautiful Maori melody to a medley of Broadway songs that will bring back memories for many! The all-comers , unauditioned choir, was established in 2007 and now performs at many various events and functions – including the Cambridge Autumn Festival, the Tulip Festival , the Waikato Show, Anzac Day service and the Cambridge Christmas Festival.  MOSAIC Choir comprises folk from all walks of life who come together purely because they just love to sing.  This happens each week under the guidance of the choir’s exuberant and hugely talented Musical Director Brooke Baker, and equally gifted accompanist Cindy Xia.

This year, the choir is delighted to welcome Hamilton Band  “Date Month Year” as its Guest Artist for the concert. The band was formed in 2003 and with an evolving membership the line-up has included musicians from many walks of life, including Teacher, Students, Brewer, Politician, Social Worker, Manager, Team Leader and Creative Entrepreneur.  As well as performing widely, not only in bars but for live theatre, festivals and alongside a full symphony Orchestra, the music of “Date Month Year” has featured in TV soundtracks, adverts and films – enjoying airplay internationally from Mexico to the UK, across Europe, USA and Australia.

The band’s unique approach to songwriting engages its members –inviting them to each bring their own personality and “flavour” weaving together dynamic elements throughout the conceptual, musical, lyrical, and phrasing elements, and in live interpretation.  The central vision of “Date Month Year” is a framework for making music in which all contributors can shine.  The choir is excited and honoured that the band has agreed to be the guest artist for this year’s concert.

There will be 2 concerts on Saturday 9th June – a shortened version at 2.00pm and the full concert at 5.00pm  Tickets for the 2.00pm show cost $10 per Adult;  $5 With Gold Card;  Under 13 Free.  Tickets for the full concert at 5.00pm cost $15 per Adult;  $10 With Gold Card;  Under 13 Free.  Tickets are available from Paper Plus, Cambridge, from choir members, and door sales (If all tickets not sold prior).    Last year’s concerts were a sell-out, and the choir looks forward to full audiences again this year at its Celebration of Voice and Music

The Seasons (concert)

Timaru District Choir

09 June 2018
14.00
Trinity Church, College Rd Timaru Jocelyn Jones
Jessica Cook
36862879
jessiemidcook@gmail.com

A concert of varied music themed on the seasons. The programme includes some instrumental items, a piano duet, an instrumental quartet and a spoken item

Free refreshments after the concert for audience and choir.

Pohutukawa Singers mid year concert

Pohutukawa Singers

15 June 2018
7 pm
tbc Auckland - Huapai/Albany/Waimauku area Susan Hayday
Colin Newel
021 0249 9925
candcnewel@gmail.com
https://pohutukawasingers.wordpress.com

A lovely selection of jazz, modern, traditional, sacred, musical, pop, spiritual etc items for Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass singers.

Pohutukawa Singers mid year concert

Pohutukawa Singers

17 June 2018
2.00
tbc Auckland - Huapai/ Waimauku/ Albany area Susan Hayday
Colin Newel
021 0249 9925
candcnewel@gmail.com
https://pohutukawasingers.wordpress.com

A lovely selection of spiritual, sacred, pop, musical, folk, jazz etc songs for a mixed choir (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)

THE POWER OF THREE

Viva Voce

24 June 2018
3.30pm
Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall Auckland John Rosser
Rowena Janes Post
0800 VIVA VOCE (0800 8482 8623)
info@vivavoce.org.nz
www.vivavoce.org.nz

Viva Voce turns 33 this year. Not normally a reason for massive celebration, but three is a number that has fascinated mathematicians, scientists, philosophers, theologians and superstitious people over many centuries. And now us! In a traditional VV themed programme, presented in our wonted theatrical and light-hearted style, we’ll sing you a colourful variety of madrigals, part-songs, folk songs and lighter numbers, all grouped around or based on the aforementioned number. You’ll need to book early: ‘Three’ is a crowd!

“Reflections at Matariki ”

Auckland Welsh Choir

30 June 2018
3pm
St Barnabas Church, 283, Mt Eden Rd, Auckland Diana Rhodes Williams
Karen Brook, Secretary AWC
secawc@gmail.com
www.aucklandwelshchoir.nz

Beethoven & Beyond

Auckland Choral

26 July 2018
7.30pm
Auckland Town Hall Auckland Uwe Grodd
Carey McDonald
027 403 1222
admin@aucklandchoral.com
aucklandchoral.com

Beethoven, Mass in C

Flatischler / Bertl, Space Bey0nd Space

Every classical music fan knows Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, but few are aware of the treasure of the Mass in C, which he composed 17 years earlier, in 1807. His genius pushed boundaries, and later generations have come to value it as Beethoven through and through.

Reinhard Flatischler, composer, master drummer and music therapist extraordinaire, will have you spellbound with this exciting new work, Space Beyond Space. Through musical innovation and rhythmic 'colouring', Flatischler and thrilling internationally-acclaimed percussionist Tupac Mantilla aim to draw the audience into a multi-layered experience of the space around and beyond them.

Jennifer Barrington, Soprano

Catrin Johnsson, Mezzo-soprano

Robert Macfarlane, Tenor

James Harrison, Baritone

Reinhard Flatischler, composer, percussion

Johnny Bertl, composer

Tupac Mantilla, Percussion

Auckland Choral

Uwe Grodd, Conductor

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

Sing Waiheke - Together

Auckland Choral

14 October 2018
2.30pm
Morra Hall, Waiheke Island Auckland Uwe Grodd, Elizabeth Lau
Carey McDonald
027 403 1222
admin@aucklandchoral.com
aucklandchoral.com

Choral Favourites in our very own island paradise

Together

Auckland Choral travels to the beautiful and relaxing environment of Waiheke Island, one of the best destinations in the world.

A weekend rehearsing in a beautiful environment under Auckland Choral conductors Uwe Grodd and Elizabeth Lau, will culminate in a concert of treasured choral favourites with the excitement of hearing a new work by David Hamilton, Homecoming, setting text by NZ poet Vincent O’Sullivan.

Conductors: Uwe Grodd                                                                                                                                    Elizabeth Lau

Beethoven 9

VOICES NZ

23 November 2018
6.30pm
Michael Fowler Centre Wellington Edo de Waart
http://www.ticketmaster.co.nz/event/2400537BD8132F31?bba=1

Beethoven Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21
Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125
with Voices New Zealand

Music Director Edo de Waart’s final Masterworks concerts for 2018 highlight two milestones in not only Beethoven’s career, but the symphonic repertoire. Hear in one concert the composer’s journey from Classical to Romantic and in the process changing music forever.

The First Symphony is from a young Beethoven, already making his name in Vienna as a pianist and composer. While it owes a debt to Haydn, it also shows a composer hungry to explore and experiment.

His gargantuan Symphony No. 9, written when he had become completely deaf, is one of his greatest and most loved works. With four fantastic soloists – soprano Madeleine Pierard, mezzo-soprano Kristin Darragh, tenor Simon O’Neill and bass Anthony Robin Schneider – and premiere choir Voices New Zealand for the fourth movement’s ‘Ode to Joy’, this is an event no one should miss.

Beethoven 9

VOICES NZ

24 November 2018
7.30pm
Auckland Town Hall, Great Hall Auckland Edo de Waart
http://www.ticketmaster.co.nz/event/2400537AD66715E3?bba=1

Beethoven Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21
Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125
with Voices New Zealand

Music Director Edo de Waart’s final Masterworks concerts for 2018 highlight two milestones in not only Beethoven’s career, but the symphonic repertoire. Hear in one concert the composer’s journey from Classical to Romantic and in the process changing music forever.

The First Symphony is from a young Beethoven, already making his name in Vienna as a pianist and composer. While it owes a debt to Haydn, it also shows a composer hungry to explore and experiment.

His gargantuan Symphony No. 9, written when he had become completely deaf, is one of his greatest and most loved works. With four fantastic soloists – soprano Madeleine Pierard, mezzo-soprano Kristin Darragh, tenor Simon O’Neill and bass Anthony Robin Schneider – and premiere choir Voices New Zealand for the fourth movement’s ‘Ode to Joy’, this is an event no one should miss.

Handel, Messiah - 100 Hallelujahs

Auckland Choral

16 December 2018
16/12/2018 - 5.00pm, 17/12/2018 - 7.30pm
Auckland Town Hall Auckland Uwe Grodd
Carey McDonald
027 403 1222
admin@aucklandchoral.com
aucklandchoral.com

A Century of Messiahs

HANDEL Messiah HWV56

Every performance of Handel’s Messiah is a special event, and Auckland Choral’s 2018 performance will be extra-special, as it is the choir’s hundredth consecutive Messiah. Since the choir's founding in 1855 there have only been 2 exceptions – the outbreak of World War 1 and the flu epidemic of 1918.

To celebrate this momentous century of Messiahs, the choir will be joined by visiting singers from choral groups near and far, and a stunning line-up of soloists will lead the choir, including Metropolitan Opera star Heather Johnson, New Zealand’s most famous tenor Simon O’Neill, and bass Martin Snell whose “Trumpet Shall Sound” stays in the memory all year round. Join us again to welcome this year’s Christmas, and also to be part of a Messiah explosion that will celebrate our amazing “one hundred-not-out” tradition.

Marlena Devoe, Soprano                                                                                                    Heather Johnson, Mezzo-soprano                                                                        Simon O'Neill, Tenor                                                                                                           Martin Snell, Bass

Auckland Choral

International guest choirs including Brisbane Chorale, City Choir Dunedin

Pipers Sinfonia

Uwe Grodd, Conductor

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