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Kelvin Cruickshank - Soul Food Hamilton
14 Jan 2016 7:00 PM
Kelvin Cruickshank returns to Hamilton for an evening of spirit. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start

At the End of My Hands
12 Feb 2016 7:30 PM - 13 Feb 2016 7:30 PM
Equal Voices returns with their bilingual collection of stories for Deaf and hearing audiences.

E Rua Ia Here
18 Feb 2016 7:30 PM
A Polynesian love story that ignited in Tahiti between a Māori Prince and Tahitian Princess.

27 Feb 2016 7:30 PM
Sisters Clare and Catherine Pierard present a concert of delightful arias and duets.

Wednesday Lunchtime Recital - Chris Hainsworth and Andrei Freidine
2 Mar 2016 1:00 PM
The Lunchtime series opens with the return of favourite guests Chris Hainsworth (piano) and Andre Freidine (clarinet)

Wednesday Lunchtime Recital - Archi d'Amore Zelanda
9 Mar 2016 1:00 PM
A trio of Early Music specialists with music from Bach to Michael Williams

Life Music
10 Mar 2016 6:00 PM - 11 Mar 2016 6:00 PM
Real words from real people talking about the meaning of music in their lives - staged by Carving in Ice theatre company on the Academy's outdoor Lake Stage

Inside Beethoven - OPUS Orchestra
11 Mar 2016 8:00 PM
Beethoven as you have never heard it before! Concert includes powerful Egmont Overture AND NZ premiere of Incidental Music from Goethe's play "Egmont"

Assisted Dying in New Zealand
12 Mar 2016 2:00 PM
Matt Vickers, husband of the late Lecretia Seales, talks about Assisted Dying in New Zealand

Houstoun-Fox project
12 Mar 2016 7:30 PM
Maestro meets Maestro. Michael Houstoun in concert with The Rodger Fox Big Band

2016 Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series - Professor Brendan Hokowhitu
15 Mar 2016 5:15 PM
Professor Brendan Hokowhitu, recently appointed Dean of Te Pua Wananga Ki te Ao / School of Māori and Pacific Development, discusses "Postcolonial formations of Māori Masculinity"

Wednesday Lunchtime Recital - Student Concert
16 Mar 2016 1:00 PM
Top Conservatorium of Music students inspire and delight with solo and chamber instrumental works and a variety of vocal repertoire

The Book of Everything
17 Mar 2016 - 20 Mar 2016
Thomas sees things that others don’t - a plague of green frogs, a hailstorm in summer, tropical fish in the canals of Amsterdam. He’s keeping a diary, The Book of Everything, in which he records all that he sees. One day, he writes his greatest wish: “When I grow up, I’m going to be happy”.

Wednesday Lunchtime Recital - Marco Tezza (piano)
23 Mar 2016 1:00 PM
Renowned Italian pianist in his first visit to New Zealand

Wednesday Lunchtime Recital - Kathryn Mosley and Joseph Spooner
30 Mar 2016 1:00 PM
Critically acclaimed piano & cello duo play a concert of New Zealand works

Wednesday Lunchtime Recital - Donald Nicholls and Marie Ross
6 Apr 2016 1:00 PM
Two brilliant clarinettists from New Zealand and the US perform Brahms, Mendelssohn, Poulenc and NZ composer Natalie Hunt

HCCM Sinfonia in concert
9 Apr 2016 11:00 AM
Hamilton Community Centre of Music’s Sinfonia Orchestra, sponsored by adult student (and keen saxophonist) Murray Allen, presents its first-ever major public concert, featuring a highly eclectic programme.

Oratorio Showcase
9 Apr 2016 7:30 PM
Opera Studies students present a concert of oratorio excerpts including music from Handel's 'Messiah'

Brass Showcase! - Hamilton City Brass
10 Apr 2016 2:00 PM
Join Hamilton City Brass in one of their favourite concert venues for an afternoon of truly exceptional music as they celebrate the individual and collective talents of their musicians.

***POSTPONED TO A LATER DATE TBC*** Inaugural Professorial Lecture - Professor Graeme Doole
12 Apr 2016 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM
‘Old dirt, new boots: the economics of land, water and people’ - inaugural lecture by Professor Graeme Doole, one of New Zealand’s leading environmental economists.

Wednesday Lunchtime Recital - Student Concert
13 Apr 2016 1:00 PM
Top Conservatorium of Music students inspire and delight with solo and chamber instrumental works and a variety of vocal repertoire.

Les Talens Lyriques - Chamber Music New Zealand
14 Apr 2016 7:30 PM
With a varied programme of French suites, sonatas and character pieces, these world-class musicians will take you back to Versailles – to the dazzlingly elegant and indulgent court of Louis XIV, the Sun King. Pre-concert talk at 6.45pm with Peter Walls - CEO of Chamber Music New Zealand.

Inbal Megiddo and Jian Liu
4 May 2016 1:00 PM
Wednesday Lunchtime Recital. Pianist Inbak Megiddo and cellist Jian Liu perform Laurence Sherr's new Cello Sonata. Pre-concert talk by Laurence Sherr at 12.20pm

Liam Wooding, Jennifer Maybee, Abigail Sperling and Matti Balzat
11 May 2016 1:00 PM
Wednesday Lunchtime Recital. Piano, cello, flute and soprano combine for two works by daring American avant-garde composer George Crumb

'A Winter Treat' - University Chamber Orchestra
15 May 2016 2:30 PM
James Tennant conducts the University Chamber Orchestra for Beethoven's mighty 5th Symphony and Scharwenka's 2nd Piano Concerto featuring DMA pianist Rafaella Garlick-Grice.

Mozart's Laptop: Using computers to aid the creative process
17 May 2016 5:00 PM
2016 Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series - Professor David Bainbridge from the Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences

New Zealand Chamber Soloists
18 May 2016 1:00 PM
Wednesday Lunchtime Recital. Our own very popular chamber trio play works by Haydn and Smetana before departing for concerts in the UK and Italy.

Student Concert
25 May 2016 1:00 PM
Wednesday Lunchtime Recital. Top Conservatorium of Music students inspire and delight with solo and chamber instrumental works and a variety of vocal repertoire.

Aria Competition
25 May 2016 7:00 PM
Conservatorium of Music. Spectacle of music and singing as Conservatorium vocal students compete for prizes sponsored by the Greenlea Foundation Trust.

Power Plays - Ensemble Impact
26 May 2016 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
A 60 minute selection from Arthur Meek's plays: 'The Upside Down of the World', 'The Cottage', 'Collapsing Creation', 'Sheep', 'Mando the Goatherd', directed by Leo Gene Peters.

Ensō String Quartet
26 May 2016 7:30 PM
Chamber Music New Zealand. The Ensō String Quartet are one of the United States’ most accomplished and inventive young ensembles, nominated for a Grammy for their recording of the Ginastera quintet.

Luca Manghi and David Kelly
1 Jun 2016 1:00 PM
Wednesday Lunchtime Recital. Flute and piano combine for a concert of Romantic works.

University of Waikato Chamber Music Competition
3 Jun 2016 7:00 PM
University chamber ensembles play in the opening round of this exciting competition sponsored by Hamilton Chamber Music Society

Imported from Italy
5 Jun 2016 3:00 PM
Hausmusik NZ. Baroque chamber music by popular Italian or Italian-trained composers of the period.

Student Concert
8 Jun 2016 1:00 PM
Wednesday Lunchtime Recital. Top Conservatorium of Music students inspire and delight with solo and chamber instrumental works and a variety of vocal repertoire.

8 Jun 2016 7:30 PM - 11 Jun 2016 7:30 PM
University Theatre students perform Sarah Ruhl's adaptation of Virginia Woolf's novel "Orlando" - a transhistorical, transgender journey of an aspiring poet.

Soul Food Hamilton - Kelvin Cruickshank
10 Jun 2016 7:00 PM

The Marriage of Figaro
17 Jun 2016 10:43 AM - 19 Jun 2016 10:00 AM
Mozart's delightful opera about servants fighting off the amorous advances of Count Almaviva

United Youth Orchestra - Winter Concert
19 Jun 2016 3:00 PM
Hamilton's very own United Youth Orchestra in a lively concert featuring our up and coming young musicians

2016 Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series - Professor Conrad Pilditch
21 Jun 2016 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM
If a butterfly flaps its wings in Mexico does it really cause a hurricane in China? Professor Conrad Pilditch thinks it does.

NZSO Foundation Masterclass - Johannes Moser
22 Jun 2016 5:00 PM
German- Canadian cellist has performed with many of the leading orchestras around the world and is described by Gramophone magazine as “one of the finest among the astonishing gallery of young virtuoso cellists".

Dust Pilgrim
23 Jun 2016 7:00 PM - 24 Jun 2016 7:00 PM
Red Leap Theatre. An intimate yet epic tale of one young woman’s fight for freedom, told in Red Leap's trademark physical and visceral style.

Everest Untold by Gareth Davies
1 Jul 2016 7:30 PM
“The untold story all New Zealander’s should know”. A heartfelt and personal look at the forgotten men behind the 1953 Everest Ascent. Arts on Tour New Zealand.

18th Century Unwrapped - OPUS Orchestra
1 Jul 2016 8:00 PM
OPUS Orchestra and pianist Diedre Irons take you to the heart of Viennese classicism with music by Mozart, Haydn and Salieri.

Suyeon Kang and Stephen De Pledge
6 Jul 2016 7:30 PM
Chamber Music New Zealand. 2015 winner of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition joins with NZ pianist Stephen De Pledge in a programme showcasing the many facets of the violin.

Professor Ross Lawrenson - "We need to change the way we teach doctors"
19 Jul 2016 5:15 PM
2016 Inaugural Professorial Lecture - Professor Ross Lawrenson, Professor of Population Health in NIDEA

Read Gainsford - Lunchtime Recital Series
20 Jul 2016 1:00 PM
“finger-numbing virtuosity and delicately chiseled precision”

Julian Bliss & NZTrio
22 Jul 2016 7:30 PM
British clarinet prodigy Julian Bliss joins forces with our own adventurous NZTrio. An opportunity to hear one of the finest living clarinetists with one of New Zealand's leading ensembles. Chamber Music New Zealand.

Stephanie Acraman - Lunchtime Recital Series
27 Jul 2016 1:00 PM
Don’t miss the chance to hear newly-appointed voice lecturer Stephanie Acraman

TEDx Ruakura 2016
30 Jul 2016 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

Lara Hall & Rachael Griffiths-Hughes
3 Aug 2016 1:00 PM
The Conservatorium’s early music specialists, Lara Hall (violin) and Rachael Griffiths-Hughes (harpsichord)

University of Waikato Concerto Competition Finals
5 Aug 2016 7:00 PM
University of Waikato student finalists vie for the top solo performance award on the Conservatorium calendar. Do not miss this evening of stunning virtuosity.

Bridget Douglas and David Kelly - Lunchtime Recital Series
10 Aug 2016 1:00 PM
NZSO Principal flautist Bridget Douglas and pianist David Kelly play works by Bach, Poulenc and Copland.

Professor Graeme Doole - 'Old dirt, new boots: The economics of land, water and people'
16 Aug 2016 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2016 Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series

Student Concert - Lunchtime Recital Series
17 Aug 2016 1:00 PM
Top Conservatorium of Music students inspire and delight with solo and chamber instrumental works and a variety of vocal repertoire.

Waikato International Cello Fest 2016
21 Aug 2016 - 28 Aug 2016
Four of the most renowned cello performers and teachers in the world will be converging on Hamilton, New Zealand for the Waikato International Cello Fest 2016.

Santiago Cañón Valencia & Katherine Austin
21 Aug 2016 4:00 PM
Opening concert of the Waikato International Cello Fest 2016 sees the return to Hamilton of Colombian prodigy Santiago Cañón Valencia now enjoying a successful international career

Wallace International Cello Competition Finals
22 Aug 2016 7:30 PM
The inaugural Wallace International Cello Competition reaches its climax with the top four cellists aged under 25 battling it out for prizemoney of $10,000

Li-Wei Qin
23 Aug 2016 7:30 PM
Widely regarded as one of the foremost cellists of his generation Li-Wei Qin marks his return to New Zealand with a programme of Beethoven, Schubert, Shostakovich and Ginastera.

Philippe Muller with Lara Hall and Sarah Watkins
24 Aug 2016 1:00 PM
Esteemed French cellist Philippe Muller performs delectable French works by Ravel and Fauré with University of Waikato violin lecturer Lara Hall and NZ Trio pianist Sarah Watkins.

Edward King
25 Aug 2016 1:00 PM
Former Waikato student and rising international star Edward King returns to perform two of Bach’s famous and perfectly crafted Suites for solo cello.

Wolfgang Schmidt
25 Aug 2016 7:30 PM
Described by an authority no less than Yo-Yo Ma as a “cellist of impeccable technique, poise and taste,” Wolfgang Schmidt makes his first appearance in New Zealand.

Contemporary Cello Works with Wolfgang Schmidt, Li-Wei Qin and Philippe Muller
26 Aug 2016 1:00 PM
Three international cellists perform a range of contemporary works for solo cello, including the world premiere of Martin Lodge’s Omanu written for Wolfgang Schmidt.

Festival Chamber Orchestra
27 Aug 2016 7:30 PM
Festival Chamber Orchestra with Li-Wei Qin, Wolfgang Schmidt, Philippe Muller, Edward King, and Santiago Cañón Valencia

Cellophonics Gala Concert
28 Aug 2016 2:30 PM
Waikato Cellophonics students are joined by international guests for a final gala celebration of music written for the cello

Xi Yao
31 Aug 2016 1:00 PM
Chinese traditional guzheng music

Trans-Tasman Piano Duo - Lunchtime Recital Series
7 Sep 2016 1:00 PM
Conservatorium’s Katherine Austin and Melbourne’s Glenn Riddle play piano duets

Lilburn Composition Awards
9 Sep 2016 7:30 PM
An exciting evening of new compositions by Conservatorium of Music students

Under the Same Moon
10 Sep 2016 7:30 PM
A heartfelt comedy about daughters and their wayward mothers

Villani Quartet - Lunchtime Recital Series
14 Sep 2016 1:00 PM
Newly formed ensemble has come together to perform rarely heard piano quartets for New Zealand audiences

OPUS Orchestra - Connections
16 Sep 2016 8:00 PM
Relish three outstanding New Zealand musicians with flourishing international careers. Conductor Holly Mathieson was named by Zonta as one of New Zealand's Top 50 Women of Achievement. Amalia Hall and Edward King delight with Brahms’ Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, and Mozart’s Symphony No. 25

Raise the Stage
17 Sep 2016 7:30 PM
Conservatorium Voice students will be Raising The Stage with their end of year finale showcase

Masterclasses with Deborah Dunham and James Dunham
20 Sep 2016 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Waikato University Conservatorium of Music is delighted to be hosting two special back-to-back masterclasses with, Grammy-nominated American violist James Dunham and renowned bassist Deborah Dunham, presented by Chamber Music New Zealand.

Sport and Exercise: A potential magic bullet for health and wellness
20 Sep 2016 5:00 PM
"Sport and Exercise: A potential magic bullet for health and wellness Professor Alan St Clair Gibson, Dean of Health, Sport and Human Performance

Student Concert - Lunchtime Recital Series
21 Sep 2016 1:00 PM
Top Conservatorium of Music students inspire and delight with solo and chamber instrumental works and a variety of vocal repertoire.

Assisted Dying Law Reform. What's Stopping New Zealand?
25 Sep 2016 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The Voluntary Euthanasia Society of NZ, Waikato Branch invites you to attend an OPEN FORUM

Alex Raineri - Lunchtime Recital Series
28 Sep 2016 1:00 PM
Prodigious Australian pianist Alex Raineri plays a stunning programme of Romantic music from Wagner, Scriabin, Mendelssohn, and more.

Flowing Water - A story of the Waikato River
30 Sep 2016 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Presentation of one scene from a new Music Drama currently in development. Written by Witi Ihimaera, based on a scenario by Witi Ihimaera and Tom Roa, with music composed by Janet Jennings

The White Guitar
30 Sep 2016 8:00 PM - 1 Oct 2016 8:00 PM
Following standing ovations and sell-out seasons in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, comes The White Guitar. Renowned hip-hop artist Scribe features with his father John and brother Matthias in this stunning new play – the true story of their family, the Luafutus

Student Concert - Lunchtime Recital Series
5 Oct 2016 1:00 PM
Top Conservatorium of Music students inspire and delight with solo and chamber instrumental works and a variety of vocal repertoire.

7 Oct 2016 7:00 PM
A concert of inter-disciplinary new media works by students and staff combining elements of live performance, graphics, moving images, and audio, while also including interactive/generative technologies.

Professor Carolyn (Kim) King - 2016 Inaugural Professorial Lecture
11 Oct 2016 5:15 PM
‘Small mustelids in New Zealand: Predator invasion ecology down-under'

Marimba Percussion Duo - Lunchtime Recital Series
12 Oct 2016 1:00 PM
Comprising Jeremy Fitzgerald and Yoshiko Tsuruta, the Marimba Percussion Duo perform on a colourful mixture of percussion instruments

"Don't Look Back"
12 Oct 2016 7:30 PM - 14 Oct 2016 7:30 PM
Across the river. At the end of the earth. A bride felled on her wedding day. A groom learning loss at the altar. When grief defies any natural law, what would you sacrifice for those you love? How deep would you go?

‘Beethoven’s World’ - UYO Spring Concert
15 Oct 2016 3:00 PM
The United Youth Orchestra presents a programme in their annual spring concert which centres on the music of Beethoven and his contemporaries including the much loved ‘Egmont' Overture’.

***CANCELLED*** Ben Hurley's Earth Planet World
15 Oct 2016 8:00 PM

London Conchord Ensemble
16 Oct 2016 5:00 PM
Chamber Music New Zealand. In their twelve year history the London Conchord Ensemble has won accolades all over Europe for their imaginative programming. Their debut New Zealand tour takes them to ten centres nationwide.

Student Concert - Lunchtime Recital Series
19 Oct 2016 1:00 PM
Top Conservatorium of Music students inspire and delight with solo and chamber instrumental works and a variety of vocal repertoire.

Tim Bray Productions - Auckland’s leading theatre for children - presents "A Lion in the Meadow and Other Stories" by Margaret Mahy
28 Oct 2016 - 29 Oct 2016
Join in the fun as some of Margaret Mahy's best-loved stories are woven together into one enjoyable and imaginative show. Magical Mahy comes to life on stage.

Gala Concert
6 Nov 2016 2:30 PM
Musical highlights of the year are presented as if out-of-the-blue from all corners of the Concert Chamber in quick-fire non-stop fashion

2016 Inaugural Professorial Lecture - Professor Grant Samkin
15 Nov 2016 5:15 PM
Accounting Professor Grant Samkin insists that “nobody ever wrote a TV show about accountants”, because it’s “too boring”. But he does an excellent job of disproving that staid image of the profession through his own diverse body of research.

Love's Labour's Lost
15 Nov 2016 7:00 PM - 21 Nov 2016 7:00 PM
Carving in Ice present Shakespeare's 'seldom performed rom-com'.

Rangapu Piano Duo - Lunchtime Recital
16 Nov 2016 1:00 PM
The Rangapu Piano Duo. University of Waikato Conservatorium of Music graduate pianists Noelle Dannenbring and Liam Wooding perform works for two pianos and four hands on one piano.

19 Nov 2016 7:30 PM
Cantando Choir & Friends sing Vivaldi's Gloria and Camille Saint saens' Christmas Orotorio

Cello Crimes
26 Nov 2016 7:30 PM
Cello Crimes marks the 50th Anniversary of Arnold Trowell (1887-1966) and is a concert featuring Waikato Alumni and cello specialists Martin Griffiths, Callum Hall, Yotam Levy and Jesbery Hartono as well as outstanding pianist Maria Mo.

2016 New Zealand Aronui Lecture - Culture Matters in Teaching and Learning
28 Nov 2016 6:00 PM
The international education of a Tongan woman - Professor Konai Helu Thaman

Human impacts on marine and coastal environments: Issues and solutions in complex systems
6 Dec 2016 5:15 PM
2016 Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series - Professor Marnie Campbell, Faculty of Science and Engineering

OPUS Orchestra - An Evening with Simon O'Neill
9 Dec 2016 8:00 PM
Kiwi tenor superstar Simon O’Neill joins OPUS Orchestra for a programme of stunning overtures and arias from Beethoven, Mozart, Weber and Bizet