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Michael Houstoun
1st Mar 2017 1:00pm
WEDNESDAY LUNCHTIME RECITAL Michael breaks open the champagne to christen our new Steinway and our lunchtime series with works by Bach and Satie.

International Women's Day
8th Mar 2017 1:00pm
WEDNESDAY LUNCHTIME RECITAL. Conservatorium of Music staff and students from Music and Theatre Studies join to celebrate International Women's Day

“Three Flutes, Four Corners”
15th Mar 2017 1:00pm
WEDNESDAY LUNCHTIME RECITAL. New Zealand’s three most outstanding flute players, Luca Manghi, Bridget Douglas and Kirsten Eade, showcase the evolution of this exciting combination.

New Zealand Chamber Soloists
22nd Mar 2017 1:00pm
WEDNESDAY LUNCHTIME RECITAL. The NZCS are this year joined by Amalia Hall and will play the Beethoven Trio No. 3 in C minor and Dvořák’s beloved “Dumky” Trio.

Anna Hawkins - Bold, Brave & Beautiful
24th Mar 2017 7:30pm
Anna's new show coincides with the release of her latest album 'Bold, Brave & Beautiful' promising fans a colourful new world of music exploring the themes of courage, freedom, vulnerability and fun. On top of her brand new original material the tour will see Anna perform songs from musical giants a

Rafaella Garlick-Grice
29th Mar 2017 1:00pm
WEDNESDAY LUNCHTIME RECITAL. Virtuoso pianist Rafaella Garlick-Grice returns with Schumann’s “Fantasiestucke” Op 12 and Chopin’s famous and greatly loved 24 Preludes Op 28.

Mozart through Russian Eyes - OPUS Orchestra
31st Mar 2017 8:00pm
OPUS Orchestra in concert with young cello prodigy Matthias Balzat

Student Concert
5th Apr 2017 1:00pm
WEDNESDAY LUNCHTIME RECITAL. Top Conservatorium of Music students inspire and delight with solo and chamber instrumental works and a variety of vocal repertoirE

Concert for our Conservatorium
6th Apr 2017 7:30pm
A concert put on by students of the University of Waikato Conservatorium

Oratorio Concert: "Divine Things"
7th Apr 2017 7:30pm
The University Chamber Choir and soloists present an evening of highlights from some of the world's most loved oratorios.

Amalia Hall and Christopher Park
26th Apr 2017 1:00pm
WEDNESDAY LUNCHTIME RECITAL. NZ violinist and German pianist join to take us on an awe-inspiring musical journey.

Catrin Johnsson and Rachel Fuller
3rd May 2017 1:00pm
WEDNESDAY LUNCHTIME RECITAL. Swedish mezzo Catrin Johnsson and NZ pianist Rachel Fuller, perform music by Mozart, Grieg, Stenhammar, Barber and Weill.

My Name is Moana
5th May 2017 8:00pm
MY NAME IS MOANA is an intimate 90-­‐minute tribute to Ocean led by singer and songwriter Moana Maniapoto, whose music (so interwoven with NZ identity) has taken her from garage parties in South Auckland to exotic stages around the world.

University of Waikato Chamber Orchestra
7th May 2017 2:30pm
Exquisite programme of romantic music for strings, including concertos by Schumann and Sejourne, Dvorak's sublime String Serenade, and a twist of Bartok.

Aurelian Trio
10th May 2017 1:00pm
WEDNESDAY LUNCHTIME RECITAL. Winners of the 2016 Royal Overseas League International Chamber Music Competition.

Loren and Mark
12th May 2017 8:00pm
Guitar duo. New Zealand native Mark Mazengarb and Loren Barrigar (New York) share a unique musical chemistry and are the perfect match in both virtuosity and musicality. Their diverse repertoire draws on many musical influences including Americana, Jazz, Classical, Bluegrass, Gypsy Jazz and more.

Kathryn Stott & New Zealand String Quartet
15th May 2017 7:30pm
Full of ‘evanescent colours and shimmering, elusive light’ – British pianist Kathryn Stott joins the New Zealand String Quartet.

Student Concert
17th May 2017 1:00pm
WEDNESDAY LUNCHTIME RECITAL. Top Conservatorium of Music students inspire and delight with solo and chamber instrumental works and a variety of vocal repertoire.

University Aria Competition
20th May 2017 7:30pm
Finalists have been named for the annual Opera Aria contest - vocal students vie for prizes sponsored by the Greenlea Foundation Trust

Eugene Alcalay
24th May 2017 1:00pm
WEDNESDAY LUNCHTIME RECITAL. Romanian-born pianist Eugene Alcalay presents works by composers including Handel, Beethoven, Bartok and Liszt.

Masaaki Suzuki & Juilliard 415
27th May 2017 7:30pm
Juilliard415 have a reputation for combining youthful energy with poise, precision, and a luminous sound. For this New Zealand tour, J415 join forces with maestro Masaaki Suzuki, hugely esteemed for his performances and recordings of Bach.

Student Concert
31st May 2017 1:00pm
WEDNESDAY LUNCHTIME RECITAL. Top Conservatorium of Music students inspire and delight with solo and chamber instrumental works and a variety of vocal repertoire.

Raaga Hamilton - Musical Concert
2nd Jun 2017 7:00pm
Parakkal Unnikrishnan - renowned singer from Chennai

University Chamber Music Competition
7th Jun 2017 7:30pm
Conservatorium of Music chamber music ensembles compete for the G E Fairburn prize

Opera Showcase: "Encore"
10th Jun 2017 7:30pm
Experience the best of Waikato's young operatic talent in an evening of classic and contemporary arias, choruses and opera scenes.

NZSO Foundation Masterclass - Daniel Müller-Schott (cello)
14th Jun 2017 6:00pm-8:00pm
German cellist Daniel Müller-Schott will work with University cellists in this insightful and engaging masterclass.

The 2017 National Band of New Zealand
28th Jun 2017 7:30pm
Come and hear New Zealand’s finest brass and percussion musicians just days before they embark overseas on a comprehensive concert and contesting tour to Hong Kong and Europe. 

OPUS Orchestra and Diedre Irons- Legends of Leipzig
30th Jun 2017 8:00pm
Pianist Diedre Irons joins OPUS Orchestra to play Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor, in a programme including Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture (Fingal's Cave)and Brahms' Serenade No. 1.

Lunchtime Recital Series - Two Piano Concert
12th Jul 2017 1:00pm
Waikato University Piano Lecturer Katherine Austin and Doctor of Musical Arts candidate Rafaella Garlick-Grice in this stunning concert of duo piano works by Chopin, Schumann, Rachmaninov and Busoni.

Lunchtime Recital Series - Aurelian Trio
19th Jul 2017 1:00pm
Young New Zealand musicians Delvan Lim (piano), April Kim (violin) and Matthias Balzat (cello) will dazzle our audiences with music by Mendelssohn, Ravel and the NZ premiere of a trio by Conservatorium of Music PhD student Xu Tang.

Kuijken Solo Bach
20th Jul 2017 7:30pm
"The name Kuijken represent quality. It has become a brand of excellence." Nicole Van Opstal, Radio Klara

Lunchtime Recital Series - Student Performers
26th Jul 2017 1:00pm
Top Conservatorium of Music students inspire and delight with solo and chamber instrumental works and a variety of vocal repertoire.

North Shore Youth Music
29th Jul 2017 4:00pm
North Shore Junior Orchestra, Children's Choir and Con Brio Choir on tour will be joined by local special guests in this midwinter afternoon concert.

Tennant Austin Duo
2nd Aug 2017 1:00pm
These two wonderful musicians, James Tennant (cello) and Katherine Austin (piano) will draw your spirit into the middle of sonatas by Beethoven and Martinů

Composition and Performance Masterclass with Aaron Minksy
2nd Aug 2017 3:30pm
American cellist, Aaron Minsky, is among the most influential string musicians of his generation. His "celtar" style (which combines cello and guitar technique) has entered both the popular and classical worlds.

An Evening in the Everlasting Bonfire
3rd Aug 2017 7:00pm
Carl Watkins, former Daisy Chain Halo frontman has assembled a 12-piece orchestra, including a string quintet, brass section, woodwind, piano, acoustic guitars, percussion and voice for a "something different" type of concert bringing jazz, rock and classical musicians together

Percussion Concert
4th Aug 2017 7:30pm
Join us for a look into the progress of our percussion performance class featuring solo and ensemble performance pieces by composers including Bach and Bizet, along with arrangements for percussion ensemble by Bent Lylloff and Tchaikovsky, all under the baton of teaching fellow Vadim Simongauz.

"A Singer's Songbook" - Anna Pierard
9th Aug 2017 1:00pm
Leading New Zealand mezzo-soprano Anna Pierard sings Ravel and Zarzuela

Vocal Masterclass - José Aparicio
9th Aug 2017 3:00pm
Masterclass with acclaimed singing teacher and conductor José Aparicio

Student Concert
16th Aug 2017 1:00pm
Top Conservatorium of Music students inspire and delight with solo and chamber instrumental works and a variety of vocal repertoire.

Frauenliebe und Leben - A Woman's Love and Life
27th Aug 2017 2:00pm
Soprano Stephanie Acraman and Pianist Penelope Cashman will entrance audiences with a collection of art songs on the theme of ‘a woman's journey through love and life’.

Lieder Recital
30th Aug 2017 1:00pm
Featuring songs from the German Lieder Workshops that have taken place across August 28-30th

OKTA Concert
1st Sep 2017 7:30pm
A collection of attractive new music featuring a special guest; composer, improviser and flautist Tessa Brinckman direct from the USA

Yoshiko Tsuruta
6th Sep 2017 1:00pm
Yoshiko Tsuruta presents a selection of music from the marimba solo repertoire, with each piece, from baroque to modern, demonstrating a different characteristic of this instrument.

Lilburn Trust Student Composition Awards
8th Sep 2017 7:00pm
An exciting evening of new acoustic and digital compositions by Conservatorium of Music students.

Cellophonics
13th Sep 2017 1:00pm
A welcome return for this popular and unique ensemble made up of the Conservatorium of Music cello class, led by James Tennant

Great Heights & Neon Lights
16th Sep 2017 7:30pm
An evening of magnificent entertainment from Las Vegas bound, Waikato Rivertones Chorus and special guests

University Orchestra featuring Concerto Competition Finalists
17th Sep 2017 2:30pm
Three instrumental finalists perform their complete concertos with the accompaniment of the University Chamber Orchestra, conducted by James Tennant.

Modern Māori Quartet with Annie Crummer - "That's Us" Tour
17th Sep 2017 7:30pm
Following a month in Edinburgh, Kiwi crooners Modern Māori Quartet return for a national tour with their debut album “That’s Us!”.

“Une Flute Invisible”
20th Sep 2017 1:00pm
Romance will be felt throughout the concert chamber when flautist Adrianna Lis takes the stage together with singer Stephanie Acraman and pianist Katherine Austin.

"City of Stars" - Music Theatre Showcase
23rd Sep 2017 7:30pm - 24th Sep 2017 7:30pm
Through this evening of song and theatre audiences will be taken on a compelling journey into the lives of a collection of characters and their "Night to Remember".

"City of Stars" - Music Theatre Showcase
23rd Sep 2017 7:30pm - 24th Sep 2017 7:30pm
Through this evening of song and theatre audiences will be taken on a compelling journey into the lives of a collection of characters and their "Night to Remember".

Callum Hall and Ludwig Treveranus
27th Sep 2017 1:00pm
Two of New Zealand’s most sought after young performers and teachers, cellist Callum Hall and pianist Ludwig Treveranus, present a concert of works from Ligeti to Bach, Mozart to the folk influenced music of Sulkhan Tsintsadze.

Imani Winds
30th Sep 2017 7:30pm
The Imani Winds mission is to use collaboration, outreach, and new commissions to bridge diverse musical tradition, including America, Latin American, and Africa.

Student Performers
4th Oct 2017 1:00pm
Top Conservatorium of Music students inspire and delight with solo and chamber instrumental works and a variety of vocal repertoire.

Concert for Nepal - Fundraiser for Himalayan Trust
5th Oct 2017 7:30pm
Students and staff from the Conservatorium of Music combine to raise funds for Nepal

Masterclass with Wilma Smith (violin) and Caroline Henbest (viola)
6th Oct 2017 4:00pm
Chamber Music New Zealand Presents University of Waikato Masterclass with Wilma Smith (violin) and Caroline Henbest (viola

Wilma & Friends Concert
7th Oct 2017 7:30pm
Wilma & Friends presents a specially-commissioned work by Hamilton’s own pianist/composer, Andrew Leathwick, aged 24, alongside the brilliant piano quartet by William Walton, written when he was just 16, and the passionate outpouring of unrequited love by the young Brahms.

End-of-year Showcase - A CARNIVAL OF MUSIC
15th Oct 2017 2:30pm
Conservatorium of Music staff and students invite you to join in celebrating what we do and who we are with our showcase concert featuring performance highlights from the year that was.