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Friends of Pataka Winter Music Series - Concert
Festival Singers of Wellington
Date / Time: 05/08/2018
Venue: Pataka - Porirua Museum
City: Porirua
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Conductor: Jonathan Berkahn
Contact: Philip Garside - Secretary
Phone: 04 475 8855
Email: books@pgpl.co.nz
Website: https://festivalsingers.wordpress.com/
Singalong Messiah
Festival Singers of Wellington
Date / Time: 24/11/2018 7.00 pm
Venue: Wesley Methodist Church - 75 Taranaki Street
City: Wellington
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Conductor: Jonathan Berkahn
Contact: Philip Garside - Secretary
Phone: 04 475 8855
Email: books@pgpl.co.nz
Website: https://festivalsingers.wordpress.com/
Beethoven & Beyond
Auckland Choral
Date / Time: 26/07/2018 7.30pm
Venue: Auckland Town Hall
City: Auckland
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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

Conductor: Uwe Grodd
Contact: Carey McDonald
Phone: 027 403 1222
Email: admin@aucklandchoral.com
Website: aucklandchoral.com
Cantando Choir presents Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle
Cantando Choir
Date / Time: 05/08/2018 4pm
Venue: Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato
City: HAMILTON
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Concert-goers fortunate enough to have attended Cantando’s first 30th Anniversary concert – Ain’t Misbehavin’ – earlier this year, will hear the choir taking a more serious note in this August concert. Italian Gioacchino Rossini was a successful opera composer, especially of comic opera. He wrote the Petite Messe solenelle some 30 years after composing his last opera William Tell. Rossini referred to this Mass as “…the last mortal sin of my old age.” He modestly called it a “little Composition” but it is a graceful work, relying for its structure on melody, line and rhythm.

“This second concert of Cantando’s 30th year is special for three main reasons,” says Musical Director Rupert D’Cruze. “The first is that it demonstrates the choir’s ability to tackle serious works from the classical sacred repertoire. Secondly, collaboration with Waikato University’s Conservatorium of Music enables Cantando to fulfill one of its founding principles: to encourage young local musicians and provide them with performance opportunities. And thirdly, we will be following Rossini’s original scoring for the work, using as accompaniment a harmonium and two pianos.”

Students from the University’s Conservatorium of Music play a crucial role in this concert, and Cantando is delighted to welcome them. Felicity Tompkins and Calla Knudson-Hollebon, sopranos; Cecily Shaw and Katie Trigg, mezzo sopranos; Aidan Phillips, baritone; Taylor Wallbank and Emmanuel Fuimaono, tenors, together with bass Ian Campbell, will share the solo roles. Cantando’s regular accompanist, David Woodcock, plays the harmonium part, and is joined by Sheena Shi and Tamina Beveridge, from the Conservatorium of Music, on the two pianos.

This concert promises to be a memorable experience. Seating is limited, so be sure to secure your tickets early.

Conductor: Rupert D'Cruze
Contact: Yvonne Ingram
Phone: 0211393796
Email: info@cantando.org.nz
Website: www.cantando.org.nz
Brahms Requiem
Camerata Chamber Choir, Auckland and St Peter's Cathedral Choir, Hamilton
Date / Time: 12/08/2018 2pm
Venue: St Peter's Cathedral, Hamilton
City: Hamilton
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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.

Conductor: Rachael Griffiths-Hughes
Website: www.camerata.co.nz
Brahms Requiem
Camerata Chamber Choir, Auckland and St Peter's Cathedral Choir, Hamilton
Date / Time: 19/08/2018 4pm
Venue: St George's Church, Takapuna
City: Auckland
more info

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.

Conductor: Jenny Firth
Website: www.camerata.co.nz
Triple C: A Capital Singfest
New Zealand Youth Choir, FilCoro, Wellington Young Voices, Wellington Youth Choir
Date / Time: 09/09/2018 3.00pm
Venue: Opera House, Wellington
City: Wellington
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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

Conductor: David Squire
Email: choirs@choirsnz.co.nz
Website: 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
Sing Waiheke - Together
Auckland Choral
Date / Time: 14/10/2018 2.30pm
Venue: Morra Hall, Waiheke Island
City: Auckland
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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

Conductor: Uwe Grodd, Elizabeth Lau
Contact: Carey McDonald
Phone: 027 403 1222
Email: admin@aucklandchoral.com
Website: aucklandchoral.com
Beethoven 9
VOICES NZ
Date / Time: 23/11/2018 6.30pm
Venue: Michael Fowler Centre
City: Wellington
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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.

Conductor: Edo de Waart
Website: http://www.ticketmaster.co.nz/event/2400537BD8132F31?bba=1
Beethoven 9
VOICES NZ
Date / Time: 24/11/2018 7.30pm
Venue: Auckland Town Hall, Great Hall
City: Auckland
more info

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.

Conductor: Edo de Waart
Website: http://www.ticketmaster.co.nz/event/2400537AD66715E3?bba=1
Handel, Messiah - 100 Hallelujahs
Auckland Choral
Date / Time: 16/12/2018 16/12/2018 - 5.00pm, 17/12/2018 - 7.30pm
Venue: Auckland Town Hall
City: Auckland
more info

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

Conductor: Uwe Grodd
Contact: Carey McDonald
Phone: 027 403 1222
Email: admin@aucklandchoral.com
Website: aucklandchoral.com
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