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Singalong Messiah

Festival Singers of Wellington

02 December 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/

 NB: We have a new date for this concert 7 pm Sunday 2 December 2018.

Festival Singers is delighted to stage this event with Northern Chorale, Capital Choir and the Tawa Orchestra.

People wishing to sing are asked to bring their own Messiah scores.

More details to follow.

 

 

You're the top!

Hutt Valley Singers with Wairarapa Singers

18 August 2018
TBA
Rathkeale College, Masterton Masterton

The Hutt Valley Singers have joined together with the Wairarapa Singers to perform two concerts, in Masterton and Upper Hutt, featuring the music of Cole Porter.  The choirs will be accompanied by a small band of top jazz musicians and pianist Thomas Nikora

The sophisticated rhymes and cultivated imagery of Cole Porter’s lyrics made him one of the pre-eminent songsmiths. He is famous for incredibly witty lyrics with erudite rhymes and imagery. Today Cole Porter’s songs are still valued for their beauty, humour and intelligence, as well as their unexpected jokes and word play. His songs will make us laugh, they will make us cry, and they will touch the deepest truths of our emotions.

You're the Top!

Hutt Valley Singers with Wairarapa Singers

26 August 2018
2.30pm
Expressions, Upper Hutt Upper Hutt

The Hutt Valley Singers have joined together with the Wairarapa Singers to perform two concerts, in Masterton and Upper Hutt, featuring the music of Cole Porter.  The choirs will be accompanied by a small band of top jazz musicians and pianist Thomas Nikora

The sophisticated rhymes and cultivated imagery of Cole Porter’s lyrics made him one of the pre-eminent songsmiths. He is famous for incredibly witty lyrics with erudite rhymes and imagery. Today Cole Porter’s songs are still valued for their beauty, humour and intelligence, as well as their unexpected jokes and word play. His songs will make us laugh, they will make us cry, and they will touch the deepest truths of our emotions.

Requiem by John Rutter

Ars Nova

25 August 2018
2.30pm
St Anddrew's Church, Liardet Street, New Plymouth New Plymiuth Christopher Luke

A Banquet of French Music

Kapiti Chorale

19 August 2018
2.30pm
St Paul’s Church, Paraparaumu Kapiti

A banquet of French music is being presented on 19 August by Kāpiti Chorale in St Paul's Church Paraparaumu, at 2.30pm.  The menu begins with Gounod's Messe Breve No 7 and is followed by pieces from d'Indy, Saint-Saëns, and Fauré's masterpiece Cantique de Jean Racine.  The main course is the Requiem in C by Gounod.

In addition, there will be morsels served up by our soloists, Olivia Sheat, soprano, Alexandra Woodhouse Appleby, mezzo soprano and Joseph Haddow baritone and  Jamie Young, tenor. 

An extra treat will be a violin solo played on a beautiful 18th century violin owned by choir member Bill McKeich and currently on loan to Dr Martin Riseley, Head of Strings at the NZ School of Music.

 

Dixit Dominus

Tudor Consort

01 September 2018
7.30pm
St Mary of the Angels Boulcott St Wellington Michael Stewart

The Tudor Consort's fruitful collaboration with the Chiesa Ensemble continues with this performance of two Baroque classics: Dixit Dominus, the exuberant masterpiece of a 22 year old Handel, and Vivaldi’s uplifting Gloria in D RV589. Treat yourself to the vitality of the baroque with The Tudor Consort’s lauded energy and precision, recognised by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in their invitation to again perform Handel’s Messiah later in the year.

Illuminations

Inspirare

15 September 2018
7.30pm
Sacred Heart Cathedral Wellington

Inspirare is celebrating the end of our 3rd season with a fantastic concert which will feature 3 masses, 6 choirs, 3 soloists, and our first performance with a chamber orchestra. The programme will open with Missa Brevis (Imant Raminsh), written for women's voices and soprano solo. This will be followed by Missa Kenya (Paul Basler) written for men's voices and baritone solo. The evening will conclude with Mass of the Children (John Rutter) written for mixed voices, children's chorus, and soprano/baritone solos.

The concert will be on Saturday, 15 September at the beautifully renovated St Mary of the Angels (17 Boulcott Street), Wellington at 7:00 pm.

Tickets are available at www.Inspirare.co.nz.

 

Brahms Requiem

Camerata Chamber Choir, Auckland and St Peter's Cathedral Choir, Hamilton

19 August 2018
4pm
St George's Church, Takapuna Auckland Jenny Firth
www.camerata.co.nz

Camerata Chamber Choir, Auckland and St Peter's Cathedral Choir, Hamilton

Soloists: James Harrison (baritone) and Elizabeth Mandeno (soprano)

Piano: Janet Gibbs and Peter Watts

Conductors: Jenny Firth (Auckland) and Rachael Griffiths-Hughes (Hamilton)

Brahms Requiem (1865-69), sometimes called the ‘human requiem’ because Brahms intended it to comfort and focus on hope, is one of the most famous choral masterpieces. Camerata Chamber Choir has invited Hamilton’s St Peter’s Cathedral Choir to join with us in singing this magnificent and substantial work, to be sung in both Hamilton and Auckland. While it was originally scored for orchestra, we will be singing it to the accompaniment of a piano duet – two pianists playing on one grand piano. Brahms created this duet accompaniment because he felt that it would provide more intimacy as well as precision and clarity, allowing for both the accompaniment and the choral aspects to be well-heard and appreciated. The piano duet version was performed last year (2017) in New York’s Carnegie Hall and the work was described as ‘an anthem for our time’ (James Oestreich, New York Times, May 12 2017). The complex piano duet demands the skills of excellent pianists, and we are delighted that Janet Gibbs and Peter Watts have agreed to perform this role. The music begins quietly, then moves from sombre mourning to light, affirmation, contemplation, consolation, exhilaration and ends in peace, giving a great range of mood for the choir and the audience. It is full of colour, with attractive melodies and harmonies. The very beautiful soprano solo will be sung by the North Shore’s Elizabeth Mandeno. The choral work is interwoven with powerful baritone solos to be sung by James Harrison, a New Zealander who has returned after several years overseas and was recently acclaimed as Maximilian in Opera New Zealand’s performances of Bernstein’ Candide.

All in all, these will be splendid concerts, so do come along and enjoy the glory that is Brahms’ German Requiem.

More information at www.camerata.co.nz.

Favourites for Friends

Renaissance Singers

02 September 2018
2.30 pm
Globe Theatre #2 Palmerston North Nigel Tongs, Christine Archer-Lockwood
Guy Broadley
06 357 2823
broadleyguy@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/RenaissanceSingersPalmerstonNorth/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Renaissance Singers present Favourites for Friends, Sunday September 2, Globe Theatre Two, 2.30 - 3.30 pm. We are asking our friends, old and new, those who enjoy a cappella music, to join us for an enjoyable variety of unaccompanied madrigals, sacred, light, folk and NZ composed works.

Christine Archer-Lockwood and Nigel Tongs will be conducting the choir in tandem for the first time. Their enthusiasm and energy is already apparent in rehearsals.

Contact a choir member or Guy Broadley PN 357 2823 or Lorraine Kells 027 491 5594 for tickets.

Meet and mingle with the choir in the lobby before hand and afterward for an afternoon tea with baking provided by the choir and coffee and drinks available from the Globe Cafe.

The Art of Conducting

Bach Musica NZ

08 September 2018
12:30pm
Somervell Presbyterian Church, Remuera Auckland Rita Paczian
Glenys Riggir
(09)309 2224
admin@bachmusica.com
www.bachmusica.com

Our yearly ‘CONDUCTING WORKSHOP’ is back!!!
Whether you are a teacher, instrumentalist, singer or music student, the knowledge of how to conduct a choir or an orchestra is a most important musical skill. Our workshop offers a progressive series of enjoyable and stimulating stages which will rapidly improve your conducting. Open to teachers, instrumentalists, singers, students and others. All levels and ages welcome!

Information brochure https://www.dropbox.com/s/klbxc4gdodpkagj/BMNZ_Conducting%20Workshop_8%20Sept%202018.pdf?dl=0

Rita Paczian
Music and Artistic Director Rita Paczian is a professional free-lance conductor performing in New Zealand and abroad. Specialising in historically informed Baroque performance, she has worked extensively with the Vienna Baroque orchestra Wiener Akademie. A New Zealand citizen now resident in Tairua, she is widely regarded as one of Australasia's most dynamic conductors and is in demand internationally by leading orchestras in Europe, Australia and South Africa. Under her direction since 1993, Bach Musica NZ is now recognised as one of New Zealand's leading music ensemble.

Included:
- Conducting techniques (orchestral & choral)
- Practical session with pianist, choir & small orchestra
- Live performance
- Video Recording
- Rehearsal techniques
- Music available in advance
- FREE afternoon tea & wine & cheese

Repertoire:
Excerpts from famous choral works & 3 easy canons (with solo tenor, choir, string quartet & piano):
1. Bach St John Passion: Final chorale
2. Faure Requiem: Introit
3. Mendelssohn Oratorio St Paul: No 9 recitative (T) & chorale: “Und sie steinigten ihn”
4. Mendelssohn Oratorio St Paul No 17 Recitative (T): “Die Männer”
5. Mendelssohn Oratorio Elijah: No 12 Recitative & chorus (B) “Call him louder”
6. Mendelssohn Oratorio Elijah: No 28 Chorus “Lift thine eyes” (SSA a cappella)
7. Haydn Creation: No 12 Recitative (T) “In splendour bright”
8. Canon: Brother Martin
9. Canon: Laughing, singing
10. Canon: Let’s put the rooster in the stew

Enquiries & registration:
https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/bmnz-presents-the-art-of-conducting-registration-49082444914
admin@bachmusica.com
09 309 2224

Payment (Due 29 Aug., cancellation fee 50%):
- $90.00 Adults
- $50.00 observers

(a) deposit on-line to: 12 3011 0809319 00 reference: CW
(b) post a cheque (made out to Bach Musica NZ) to: Glenys Riggir, 10 B Norana Avenue, Auckland 1050

Triple C: A Capital Singfest

New Zealand Youth Choir, FilCoro, Wellington Young Voices, Wellington Youth Choir

09 September 2018
3.00pm
Opera House, Wellington Wellington David Squire
choirs@choirsnz.co.nz
https://www.ticketmaster.co.nz/artist/2504617?j=2323893&l=20473_HTML&u=101610330&mid=1341604&jb=8&et_mid=2323893&et_rid=777231022&sfmc_sub=777231022&utm_source=Email-SO_2018_06_11_Triple_C_Presale&utm_medium=email&u

Wellington is choir mad, in a good way. This new concert brings four choirs together in a celebration of great choral and ensemble singing.

Hosted by the award-winning New Zealand Youth Choir the choirs will sing some of their own songs, some together with another choir and a couple of big whoppers will all singers on stage together.

This is a special occasion and we thought the gorgeous Opera House will be a suitable venue. Pack aunty and uncle, nan and pop, cuzzies and mates into your car, this will be one glorious 'singfest'.

Choirs:

FilCoro (Wellington Filipino Choir)
Wellington Young Voices (children’s choir)
Wellington Youth Choir
New Zealand Youth Choir

Space

{Supertonic}

16 September 2018
6:30pm
Hannah Playhouse Wellington Isaac Stone
{Supertonic}
info@supertonic.org.nz
supertonic.org.nz

Supertonic, together with ELIM, are over the moon to announce they are going where no choir has gone before (probably) with Space: A Choral Odyssey, one-night-only at Hannah Playhouse, Wellington, 6:30pm Sunday 16 September.

Even before tohunga kōkōrangi used the night sky to navigate great distances across the ocean to Aotearoa New Zealand, people have been fascinated with the stars. Space promises to take the audience on a multimedia, musical journey through time and space, exploring the wonder and mystery of what lies beyond Papatūānuku.

The first half of the concert will feature contemporary choral works including Whanau Marama by David Hamilton, which uses text from the 1922 publication “The Astronomical Knowledge of the Māori”, and Fly to Paradise by prolific composer Eric Whitacre. The beautiful harmonies of Sara Teasdale and Erik Esenvald’s Stars will be a glorious addition to the programme, while Robin Salkeld’s I Am Voyager will bring the personality of the Voyager 1 space probe - the first human-made object to enter interstellar space.

In the second half, together with atmospheric rock band ELIM, Supertonic will present a concept album-style performance, inspired by the work of the visionary physicist Stephen Hawking. This world premiere, called A Brief History, features original compositions from ELIM, choir members David Williams and Ben Gray and Music Director Isaac Stone, alongside established settings of Ave Maris Stella.

Supertonic is a 56-strong Wellington-based choir aimed at singers in their 20s and 30s that seeks to take choral music to different places and new heights. Supertonic is well known for its innovative and no-compromise concerts, from those exploring ways to amplify voices that are seldom heard, to its all-out rock extravaganzas that turn the concept of a choral concert on its head.

ELIM are a Wellington-based 3-piece instrumental band that plays ambient and post-rock style music. As a band, they are fascinated with space and the universe, and this collaboration with Supertonic has afforded the opportunity to explore this theme in a new way.

Following on from Supertonic’s first concert of 2018, the sold-out Shakespeare’s Sister, Space: A Choral Odyssey promises to test the bounds of contemporary choral performance in Aotearoa New Zealand, and will truly be a delight for the senses.

 

Concert Details

6:30pm, Sunday 16 September, 2018

Hannah Playhouse

Adults $25 / Seniors, Students and Children $20

Tickets available via supertonic.org.nz from Thursday 16 August

Jazz Café – Big choir! Big band! Big night out!

City Choir Dunedin

06 October 2018
7 for 7:30 pm
Dunedin Town Hall Dunedin David Burchell
Leta Labuschagne
276844118
info@citychoirdunedin.org.nz
http://www.citychoirdunedin.org.nz/2018/08/jazz-cafe.html

City Choir Dunedin conducted by David Burchell
Sophie Morris
Dunedin City Jazz Orchestra conducted by Calder Prescott
Café Operana
Southern Youth Choir
Dunedin Youth Jazz Orchestra
Swing Riot Dunedin

Enjoy a relaxing evening of fabulously fizzy and swinging jazz at our café. Watch out for bicycles!

City Choir is letting its hair down with an evening of jazz! Experience the Town Hall decked out as a café with lots of atmosphere and cash bars for coffee, wine and snacks. There will even be room to dance for those who get so moved. You may sit or stand, chat to your neighbour, as you please. Come early to get a good seat and enjoy the pre-show entertainment, from 7 pm, by the Dunedin Youth Jazz Orchestra.

City Choir will perform a selection of jazz standards and the main feature on the programme is the New Zealand première of Alexander L’Estrange’s quirky Song Cycle: vive la Vélorution: songs on the subject of cycling and the great outdoors. It is an exuberant celebration in music of this most environmentally friendly mode of transport. L’Estrange has perfectly captured the euphoria of two-wheel travel for this joyous, uplifting song cycle which includes an amusing take on the invention of the bicycle, as well as stunning new settings of poetry and arrangements of much-loved songs.

City Choir will be accompanied by a jazz quintet and orchestra, while the Swing Riot Dunedin dance group will sizzle on the dance floor and invite you to swing along with them.

This is a general admission, child-friendly, FREE concert in the Dunedin Town Hall. Suggested koha/donation $10 per person. Seating in the stalls is arranged café style at tables and the usual theatre seating in the gallery will be open.

Bach Musica NZ presents: Dvořák's Stabat Mater

Bach Musica NZ

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

Bach Musica NZ is delighted to present Antonín Dvořák’s setting to Jacopone da Todi’s 13th century poem Stabat Mater. The hymn is sung at the liturgy on the memorial of ‘Our Lady of Sorrows’. Soloists will be some of New Zealand’s finest vocalists: Emma Slowman (soprano), Elisha Hulton (mezzo), Patrick Power (tenor) and Simon Christie (bass). Conductor will be Bach Musica NZ’s Music and Artistic Director Rita Paczian.

PROGRAMM Dvořák Stabat Mater

PRESENTED BY BACH MUSICA NZ orchestra and choir

SOLOISTS
Emma Sloman (soprano)
Elisha Hulton (mezzo)
Patrick Power (tenor)
Simon Christie (bass)

Conducted by Rita Paczian

TICKETS
$25 - $65 regular
$10 student rush

www.ticketmaster.co.nz
09 970 9700

ENQUIRIES
09 309 2224
admin@bachmusica.com

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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