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Rafella Garlick-Grice, Amalia Hall and Catherine Kwak - Wednesday Lunchtime Recital
4th Mar 2015 1:00pm
Exciting young trio launch this year's Lunchtime Recital Series with a programme including works by Rachmaninov and Scharwenka

Ara Guzelimian - Masterclass
5th Mar 2015 11:00am
The Provost and Dean of Julliard Music School in New York talks about classical music education in the 21st century

Beethoven...and Bach - OPUS Orchestra
6th Mar 2015 8:00pm
OPUS Orchestra's first concert of the year features soloists Katherine Austin (piano), James Tennant (cello) and sisters Lara and Amalia Hall (violin).

Matt Withers - Wednesday Lunchtime Recital
11th Mar 2015 1:00pm
Head of classical Guitar at the University of Canberra plays a diverse programe

2015 Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series - Professor John Williams
17th Mar 2015 6:00pm
'Practice versus theory and the value of Technology Education'

New Zealand Chamber Soloists - Wednesday Lunchtime Recital
18th Mar 2015 1:00pm
The ever popular NZCS return playing Beethoven and Babadjanian

Brodsky Quartet - Chamber Music New Zealand
18th Mar 2015 7:30pm
Superb UK string quartet play an exciting mixture of works by Purcell, Britten, Bartok and Beethoven.

Buon Viaggio Eve!
24th Mar 2015 7:00pm
Fundraising concert for emerging artist soprano Evelyne Bourton - Waikato graduate and Hillary Scholar - before she leaves for Italy and Europe

Donizetti Trio - Wednesday Lunchtime Recital
25th Mar 2015 1:00pm
Fascinating trio of flute, bassoon and piano playing Beethoven and opera favourites

Student Concert - Wednesday Lunchtime Recital
1st Apr 2015 1:00pm
Top Waikato Music students offer a varied programme of vocal and chamber music

Opera Showcase
2nd Apr 2015 7:30pm
Vocal students present a variety of operatic excerpts and a second half bonus of Menotti's classic comedy "The Telephone"

Robbie Ellis and Corwin Newall - Wednesday Lunchtime Recital
22nd Apr 2015 1:00pm
Two lively composer-performers take on Lilburn's "Sings Harry" and offer some of their own song cycles, mini operas and cheeky songs!

Richard Mapp - Wednesday Lunchtime Recital
29th Apr 2015 1:00pm
Renowned NZ pianist Richard Mapp offers a programme of his 'favourite' pieces from composers far and wide.

Appointment with Amadeus - NZ Barok
1st May 2015 7:30pm
Mozart as he intended his music to sound! featuring world leading Mozart specialist Erin Helyard performing piano concerts K413 in F and K415 in C.

At the end of my hands
1st May 2015 7:30pm - 2nd May 2015 7:30pm
A devised performance by Waikato-based Deaf and hearing performers directed by Laura Haughey from Equal Voices.

University Chamber Orchestra
3rd May 2015 2:30am
The 2015 winter concert includes stunning music from the Classical repertoire, including Mozart's "Jupiter" Symphony and Haydn's Cello Concerto in D Major featuring student soloist Sam Lucas.

Quattro - Wednesday Lunchtime Recital
6th May 2015 1:00pm
ROSL winning Waikato cello quartet perform some of their prize-winning repertoire.

Bill Stoneham and Myles Hartley - Wednesday Lunchtime Recital
13th May 2015 1:00pm
Bill Stoneham - 'trumpet player extraordinaire'- plays with Myles Hartley on piano

ISIS AND US: NZ AND THE WARS FOR THE MIDDLE EAST
14th May 2015 6:00pm
In this public lecture Professor Al Gillespie will outline reasons for and against New Zealand involvement in the fight against ISIS, and offer solutions for solving the current crisis in the Middle East.

Composer Connections Day - Chamber Music New Zealand
15th May 2015
A full day of discussions, masterclasses and concerts with some of New Zealand's leading composers and musicians, including John Psathas, NZ Chamber Soloists and NZ Trio.

Open Stage - Chamber Music New Zealand
16th May 2015 12:30pm-2:30pm
A wonderful opportunity for local amateur musicians to get up on stage in chamber groups and give it a go!

COMPOSER CONNECTIONS: New Zealand String Quartet with Stephen De Pledge
16th May 2015 7:30pm
NZ composer Ross Harris curates this concert, which includes a newly commissioned Piano Quintet written specially for the NZ String Quartet and pianist Stephen De Pledge

2015 Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series - Professor Kathryn Pavlovich
19th May 2015 6:00pm
Dr Kathryn Pavlovich talks about "Noetic Wisdom: Transforming leadership and enterprise"

Madeleine Crump - Wednesday Lunchtime Recital
20th May 2015 1:00pm
Wellington-based harpist Madeleine Crump comes to Hamilton to give a delightful programme of works by Britten, Thomas and Salzedo

Aria Competition
21st May 2015 7:30pm
The annual Opera Aria contest featuring vocal students from the University's Conservatorium of Music competing for prizes sponsored by the Greenlea Foundation Trust

Read Gainsford - Wednesday Lunchtime Recital
27th May 2015 1:00pm
NZ born, internationally acclaimed pianist Read Gainsford plays Bach, Chopin and Szymanowski.

Student Concert - Wednesday Lunchtime Recital
3rd Jun 2015 1:00pm
Top Conservatorium of Music students inspire and delight with a concert of vocal and chamber music works

Turnovsky Jubilee Ensemble - Chamber Music New Zealand
3rd Jun 2015 7:30pm
Special concert tour celebrating 50 years of the NZCT Chamber Music Contest with an ensemble made up of past winners and led by violinist Wilma Smith

Oh What a Lovely War
3rd Jun 2015 7:30pm - 6th Jun 2015 7:30pm
This anti-war documentary musical involves multimedia, music, clowning, dance and drama combine to produce a powerful statement about World War One

University Chamber Choir - Voices from the Drawing Room
7th Jun 2015 3:00pm
The University Chamber Choir recreate the parlour room of the 19th century - delightful choral music with Afternoon Tea!

Meeting Karpovsky
8th Jun 2015 7:30pm
Helen Moulder and Sir Jon Trimmer reprise their award-winning performance of Meeting Karpovsky, an extraordinary theatre work full of humour, delight, drama and surprise "Pure magic. together they are magnificent" - The Listener

Don McGlashan - "Lucky Stars" Album Release Tour
12th Jun 2015 8:00pm
Don McGlashan shares songs from his new album "Lucky Stars" - a rich new collection of highly personal songs exploring love, regret and mortality.

Bach & Brahms - Hamilton Civic Choir
13th Jun 2015 7:30pm
The Hamilton Civic Choir present an enchanting choral concert featuring Bach's "Jesu, Meine Freude" and Brahms' Requiem.

Chopin World - United Youth Orchestra
14th Jun 2015 3:00pm
Piano soloist Matteo Napoli joins the United Youth Orchestra to perform in a programme that includes Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor.

2015 Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series - Professor Cathy Coleborne
16th Jun 2015 6:00pm
How do you explain your symptoms to your doctor? How much do you trust the advice and medicine you receive? How do you treat people with mental illness? And is depression the pandemic of the 21st century? These are some of the questions raised by the social history of medicine, the topic of Professo

The Bookbinder
5th Jul 2015 5:00pm
The Bookbinder returns to Hamilton after its sell-out success at the Gardens Arts Festival in February

Dorel Golan (piano) and Sam Lucas (cello)
11th Jul 2015 7:30pm
Brilliant young Israeli pianist Dorel Golan is joined by emerging Australian cellist and Waikato cello student, Sam Lucas, in a concert featuring wonderful piano and cello music by Bach, Chopin, Saint Saens and Cesar Franck.

Wednesday Lunchtime Recital Series - Linden Loader (mezzo) and Katherine Austin (piano)
15th Jul 2015 1:00pm
Mobil Song Quest winner Linden Loader sings Schumann and Duparc accompanied by Katherine Austin

NZSO Foundation Piano Masterclass with Simon Trpčeski
16th Jul 2015 5:00pm
Piano students and general public have the opportiunity to learn from this distinguished and outstanding Macedonian pianist

Mozart and Mendelssohn - OPUS Orchestra
17th Jul 2015 8:00pm
OPUS Orchestra in a delightful programme of music by Martin Lodge, Mozart and Mendelssohn, featuring NZSO principal bassoonist Preman Tilson.

David Dolan Masterclasses: Interpretation through Improvisation
20th Jul 2015 9:00am - 24th Jul 2015 9:00am
One of the pre-eminent music educators in the world returns to Waikato to encourage students' instinctual understanding of the building blocks of music

2015 Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series - Professor Chad Hewitt
21st Jul 2015 6:00pm
Marine bio-security: Understanding marine biological invasions and risk in a changing world. 

Wednesday Lunchtime Recital Series - Student Concert
22nd Jul 2015 1:00pm
Graduate vocal students under the tutelage of Dame Malvina Major

***SOLD OUT*** Kelvin Cruickshank - Soul Food Hamilton
23rd Jul 2015 7:00pm
Kelvin Cruickshank returns to Hamilton in another of his exclusive evenings that will help to reach out and touch more people at once. These evenings will be Kelvin simply working with spirit. R18 event.

David Dolan Improvisation Performance
24th Jul 2015 6:00pm
Dr David Dolan and students of the Conservatorium of Music present an evening of 'active listening and enhancing creativity in chamber music performance'.

Wednesday Lunchtime Recital Series - Jade String Quartet
29th Jul 2015 1:00pm
One of New Zealand’s most estab­lished cham­ber ensem­bles - all principal players in the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

Concerto Competition Final
30th Jul 2015 7:00pm
Finalists Xena Martin (cello), Rachel Twyman (violin) and Noelle Dannenbring (piano) vie for the top prize

Virtuoso Baroque - NZ Barok featuring Ryo Terakado
31st Jul 2015 7:30pm
Violinist Ryo Terakado returns to New Zealand after his success in the 2014 NZ Festival of the Arts to play Vivaldi, Leclair and Bach.

Wednesday Lunchtime Recital Series - Keith Kirchoff (piano)
5th Aug 2015 1:00pm
American Keith Kirchoff - a “virtuosic tour de force” - a not-to-be-missed concert combining piano and electronics!

Winter Lecture Series - Te Radar - Things You Didn't Know about the Waikato
5th Aug 2015 6:00pm
The first in this year's Winter Lecture Series - Te Radar on surprising facts about the Waikato

An evening with the Modern Māori Quartet
8th Aug 2015 7:30pm
The Modern Māori Quartet (MMQ) have come together from different corners of Aotearoa to perform their signature cabaret show An Evening with the Modern Māori Quartet, an evening riddled with waiata, humour and charm. The show promises a trip down memory lane into Aotearoa’s musical past and present

Winter Warmer - Cantando Choir
8th Aug 2015 7:30pm - 9th Aug 2015 2:30pm
Cantando Choir with HCCM Young Voices presents a programme that will melt away your winter blues. Performing highlights from Carmina Burana, Porgy & Bess, Spirituals, and more...

Royal Society of New Zealand’s Rutherford Lecture
11th Aug 2015 7:30pm
Distinguished Professor Peter Schwerdtfeger FRSNZ (Massey University) and is called “Going super heavy the end of the periodic table of elements”.

Wednesday Lunchtime Recital - ToRi Trio
12th Aug 2015 1:00pm
The ToRi trio brings together a fusion of classical Western and Japanese music with atmospheric Japanese poetry, in an art form called ‘Kakyoku’.

Creative Confluences: Merging art practices and inter-disciplinary collaborations
13th Aug 2015 7:00pm
An inspiring panel discussion amongst renowned New Zealand creative experts

CLiK - the ensemble - Chamber Music New Zealand
18th Aug 2015 7:30pm
Three brilliant young NZ musicians, all past winners of NZCT Chamber Music Contest, combine for a programme mixing Gareth Farr, Benjamin Britten, Enescu and Schubert

Wednesday Lunchtime Recital - Student Concert
19th Aug 2015 1:00pm
Top Conservatorium of Music students inspire and delight with solo and chamber instrumental works and a variety of vocal repertoire.

Acquisitions - Touch Compass Dance
21st Aug 2015 7:30pm
New Zealand's only professional inclusive dance-theatre company returns to Hamilton with a season of works – an engaging and inspiring journey through dance and film.

Lehar Spectacular
21st Aug 2015 8:00pm - 23rd Aug 2015 2:30pm
The Conservatorium of Music presents a sumptuous evening of delights from an assortment of Lehar’s glorious operettas.

Winter Lecture Series - Hosted by Jan Maree - An Ode to Hamilton
26th Aug 2015 6:00pm
Comedienne Jan Maree hosts a panel of proud Hamiltonians who share what they love about the Tron.

Aroha String Quartet
3rd Sep 2015 7:30pm
Ever popular string quartet return to the Academy for another delightful programme of Haydn, Lilburn and Beethoven

NZ Youth Choir
5th Sep 2015 8:00pm
Internationally acclaimed NZ Youth Choir perform a rich and varied programme of choral works by Mendelssohn, David Hamilton, Tuirina Wehi, Eric Whitacre and many more

United Youth Orchestra and Taranaki Youth Orchestra
6th Sep 2015 1:30pm
Two youth orchestras combine for an exciting programme including Mozart, Sulivan and Mendelssohn

Wednesday Lunchtime Recital - Ritmata Ensemble
9th Sep 2015 1:00pm
Visionary Scottish guitar virtuoso Simon Thacker leads a stellar line-up of some of Europe’s most gifted musicians with soul stirring improvisation and an emotionally charged compositional style.

OKTA
9th Sep 2015 7:00pm
Okta marks the 100th anniversary of Douglas Lilburn’s birth with a programme of New Zealand music including new works by Martin Lodge and Michael Williams, as well as Lilburn’s remarkable Three Songs for baritone and viola.

Schubert & Song - OPUS Orchestra
11th Sep 2015 8:00pm
OPUS ORCHESTRA celebrates its partnership with Waikato University this time presenting talented student tenor, Filipe Manu, with his wicked winning Arias. And remembers the birth of talented NZ composer, Douglas Lilburn (1915 - 2001) with an evocative performance of his Aotearoa Overture.

Wednesday Lunchtime Recital - Lara Hall (violin) and Rachael Griffiths-Hughes (harpsichord)
16th Sep 2015 1:00pm
Leading NZ Baroque specialists Lara Hall (violin) and Rachael Griffiths-Hughes (harpsichord) enthrall us with vibrant, brilliant and soulful music.

When Neanderthals and Modern Humans Met
18th Sep 2015 6:30pm
Professor Tom Higham from the University of Oxford discusses human evolution from 60,000 to 30,000 years ago

Professor Rich Masters - 2015 Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series
22nd Sep 2015 6:00pm
Professor Rich Masters from Te Oranga School of Human Development and Movement Studies - discusses psychological markers of the way in which people learn and perform skills

Wednesday Lunchtime Recital - Mark Dannenbring (flute)
23rd Sep 2015 1:00pm
Flautist Mark Dannenbring, Head of the Woodwind at Tunghai University in Taiwan, joins with his daughter on piano to bring us musical treats from Couperin, CPE Bach, Fukushima and others.

Wednesday Lunchtime Recital - Stephanie Acraman (soprano) and Katherine Austin (piano)
30th Sep 2015 1:00pm
Soprano Stephanie Acraman presents an intimate programme of songs that highlight the importance (or insignificance) of words in song.

Lilburn Trust Student Composition Awards
2nd Oct 2015 7:00pm
An exciting evening of new compositions by Conservatorium of Music students.

"The Effect" by Lucy Prebble - Playreading
6th Oct 2015 7:30pm - 7th Oct 2015 7:30pm
The first show in Carving in Ice’s 2015 series of staged readings.

Inspired by Bach - Michael Houstoun
6th Oct 2015 7:30pm
Michael Houstoun returns to Hamilton for a concert of solo works written or inspired by the sublime Johann Sebastian Bach

Wednesday Lunchtime Recital - Tennant-Austin Duo
7th Oct 2015 1:00pm
Tennant-Austin Duo (James Tennant – cello, Katherine Austin – piano) return to the stage to give us music by Beethoven, Schumann and Barber.

ArtzElectro
9th Oct 2015 5:00pm
A workshop/concert of students’ creations from the Bachelor of Media and Creative Technologies degree. Works combine different electronic media outputs in sound and vision, and/or combine new media with interactive performance inputs.

University Orchestra & Choir
11th Oct 2015 2:30pm
Our own Baroque specialist Lara Hall performs concertos by Torelli, Pisendel and Benda with the University String Orchestra

Japanese Musical Concert
11th Oct 2015 7:00pm
Two marvellous singers from top Japanese Shiki Theatre Company Shiki sing much loved songs from top musicals

Professor Bernhard Pfahringer - Dawn of the Age of Data: a Lecture to look at the data revolution.
13th Oct 2015 6:00pm
The latest in the 2015 Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series

Wednesday Lunchtime Recital - Student Concert
14th Oct 2015 1:00pm
Top Conservatorium of Music students inspire and delight with solo and chamber instrumental works and a variety of vocal repertoire.

Opera Showcase
14th Oct 2015 7:00pm
Conservatorium of Music vocal students present a delightful evening of operatic arias and ensembles.

Sea and Smoke
14th Oct 2015 7:30pm - 16th Oct 2015 7:30pm
Sea and Smoke is an original, physically bold piece of devised theatre created by third year Theatre Studies students.

Chamber Music Competition
20th Oct 2015 7:00pm
Expect an evening of enthralling music as University Chamber ensembles compete in this keenly contested competition, with prizes sponsored by the Hamilton Chamber Music Society.

Wednesday Lunchtime Recital - Student Concert
21st Oct 2015 1:00pm
Top Conservatorium of Music students inspire and delight with solo and chamber instrumental works and a variety of vocal repertoire.

The Mooncake and the Kūmara ***SOLD OUT***
21st Oct 2015 7:30pm - 22nd Oct 2015 7:30pm
Mei-Lin Te Puea Hansen's sell-out play about romance between Māori and Chinese in 1920s New Zealand.

Vienna Piano Trio - Chamber Music New Zealand
22nd Oct 2015 7:30pm
The Vienna Piano Trio is a polished gem steeped in the grand Central European musical tradition. Programme of Schoenberg, Haydn and Brahms

"Eurydice" by Sarah Ruhl - Playreading
24th Oct 2015 7:30pm - 25th Oct 2015 7:30pm
The second show in Carving in Ice’s 2015 series of staged readings.

Going For Baroque - NZ Barok
30th Oct 2015 7:30pm
NZ Barok goes berserk! Experience the birth of the cosmos in Rebel's Les Elemens, be wowed by the virtuosity of Vivaldi's double cello concerto and join NZ Barok as they break new ground playing works by contemporary composers including New Zealand's Jonathan Besser and David Hamilton.

Gala Concert
8th Nov 2015 2:30pm
Performance highlights of the year are presented in a quick-fire non-stop fashion, and as usual, the musical items will remain a mystery until the final item is played, ensuring your maximum delight and surprise at this sonic feast.

Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale
11th Nov 2015 7:30pm - 14th Nov 2015 7:30pm
A moving, comical and eye-opening story of four young women fighting for education and self-determination. 1896.

Māori Flourishing In a Fast Changing World
17th Nov 2015 6:00pm
2015 Inaugural Professorial Lecture by Professor Linda Nikora

Egmont Trio
21st Nov 2015 7:30pm
UK trio launch the Pettman/ROSL Arts Scholarship weekend with a concert of Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms and a newly commissioned work by Gareth Farr

2015 Final - Pettman/ROSL Arts Scholarship
23rd Nov 2015 7:00pm
3 of the best young chamber music groups in the country compete for the Pettman/ROSL Arts Scholarship prize worth up to $50,000

The Secrets of Happiness - an Inspirational Free Talk
28th Nov 2015 7:30pm
Free seminar with acclaimed international speaker Kailash Beyer sharing his love of meditation and his insights about the secrets of happiness

Posh by Laura Wade - Playreading
1st Dec 2015 7:00pm - 2nd Dec 2015 7:00pm
Playreading of "Posh" by Laura Wade, a satirical fly-on-the-wall account of a disgraceful and violent meeting of an all-male Oxford University dining club.

2015 NZ Aronui Lecture Series - Professor Iain McCalman
2nd Dec 2015 7:00pm
"Great Barrier Reef Passions" Professor McCalman relates stories going back to Captain Cook's first experience of the reef and how these stories spawned environmental awareness and action today

2015 Inaugural professorial Lecture - Professor Priya Kurian
8th Dec 2015 6:00pm
Reclaiming Sustainability: Centring Justice in Narratives of Science, Society, Culture, and the Environment

***CANCELLED*** Imported from Italy - Baroque Music
13th Dec 2015 5:00pm
PLEASE NOTE THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN CANCELLED