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Naoko Tosa - Genesis and Organic Geometry
16 Feb 2017 - 17 Feb 2017
Japanese media artist, Naoko Tosa, has recently been appointed as Japan Cultural Envoy 2016 -2017 by the Agency of Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan

Michael Houstoun
1 Mar 2017 1:00 PM
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
8 Mar 2017 1:00 PM
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”
15 Mar 2017 1:00 PM
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
22 Mar 2017 1:00 PM
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
24 Mar 2017 7:30 PM
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

Anzac Eve by Dave Armstrong
28 Mar 2017 7:30 PM - 29 Mar 2017 7:30 PM
What does ANZAC Day mean to you? Did your grandfather or great grandfather serve in the First World War? Did they come home? What stories have been passed down in your family from that time? In this entertaining hour-long play two young Kiwi guys meet two young Aussie girls… the rest is history...

Rafaella Garlick-Grice
29 Mar 2017 1:00 PM
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
31 Mar 2017 8:00 PM
OPUS Orchestra in concert with young cello prodigy Matthias Balzat

Student Concert
5 Apr 2017 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

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

Oratorio Concert: "Divine Things"
7 Apr 2017 7:30 PM
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
26 Apr 2017 1:00 PM
WEDNESDAY LUNCHTIME RECITAL. NZ violinist and German pianist join to take us on an awe-inspiring musical journey.

Catrin Johnsson and Rachel Fuller
3 May 2017 1:00 PM
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
5 May 2017 8:00 PM
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
7 May 2017 2:30 PM
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
10 May 2017 1:00 PM
WEDNESDAY LUNCHTIME RECITAL. Winners of the 2016 Royal Overseas League International Chamber Music Competition.

Loren and Mark
12 May 2017 8:00 PM
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
15 May 2017 7:30 PM
Full of ‘evanescent colours and shimmering, elusive light’ – British pianist Kathryn Stott joins the New Zealand String Quartet.

Student Concert
17 May 2017 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.

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

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

The Pickle King
24 May 2017 7:30 PM - 28 May 2017 7:30 PM
To celebrate their 20th anniversary Indian Ink are reviving their 2002 award winning play - The Pickle King - a play about love, death and preserves.

Masaaki Suzuki & Juilliard 415
27 May 2017 7:30 PM
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.

Professor Devon Polaschek - 2017 Inaugural Professorial Lecture
30 May 2017 5:15 PM
‘Mean, misunderstood and mistreated: Psychopathy in the wild and in prison’

Student Concert
31 May 2017 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.

Trojan Barbie by Christine Evans
31 May 2017 7:00 PM - 3 Jun 2017 7:00 PM
Trojan Barbie recasts the legendary fall of Troy against the vivid reality of modern warfare. It's poetic, compassionate, and tinged with great warmth and humour

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

Gloria's Handbag - Helen Moulder
4 Jun 2017 4:00 PM
A solo play starring Helen Moulder. A modern magical mystery with music from The Magic Flute

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

Opera Showcase: "Encore"
10 Jun 2017 7:30 PM
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)
14 Jun 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
German cellist Daniel Müller-Schott will work with University cellists in this insightful and engaging masterclass.

The 2017 National Band of New Zealand
28 Jun 2017 7:30 PM
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
30 Jun 2017 8:00 PM
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
12 Jul 2017 1:00 PM
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.

Soul Food Hamilton - Kelvin Cruickshank (R18)
12 Jul 2017 7:00 PM
An Evening with Sensing Murder's Kelvin Cruickshank

The trail of the snail: Reflections on negligence law - Professor Sir Grant Hammond
18 Jul 2017 5:15 PM
2017 Inaugural Professorial Lecture

Lunchtime Recital Series - Aurelian Trio
19 Jul 2017 1:00 PM
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.

Caress/Ache by Suzie Miller
19 Jul 2017 7:30 PM - 22 Jul 2017 7:30 PM
"Touch my skin, go on, feel it, feel the heat of me. Hit me, scratch me, feel the pulse of me."

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

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

North Shore Youth Music
29 Jul 2017 4:00 PM
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
2 Aug 2017 1:00 PM
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
2 Aug 2017 3:30 PM
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
3 Aug 2017 7:00 PM
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
4 Aug 2017 7:30 PM
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
9 Aug 2017 1:00 PM
Leading New Zealand mezzo-soprano Anna Pierard sings Ravel and Zarzuela

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

Windows to other worlds: Antarctic lakes, astrobiology and milestone moments for life on ancient earth
15 Aug 2017 5:15 PM
Professor Ian Hawes - 2017 Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series

Student Concert
16 Aug 2017 1:00 PM
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
27 Aug 2017 2:00 PM
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
30 Aug 2017 1:00 PM
Featuring songs from the German Lieder Workshops that have taken place across August 28-30th

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

Yoshiko Tsuruta
6 Sep 2017 1:00 PM
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
8 Sep 2017 7:00 PM
An exciting evening of new acoustic and digital compositions by Conservatorium of Music students.

Cellophonics
13 Sep 2017 1:00 PM
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
16 Sep 2017 7:30 PM
An evening of magnificent entertainment from Las Vegas bound, Waikato Rivertones Chorus and special guests

University Orchestra featuring Concerto Competition Finalists
17 Sep 2017 2:30 PM
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
17 Sep 2017 7:30 PM
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”
20 Sep 2017 1:00 PM
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
23 Sep 2017 7:30 PM - 24 Sep 2017 7:30 PM
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
27 Sep 2017 1:00 PM
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.

The Reel Jig
30 Sep 2017 6:00 PM
The Maryellen Walsh Academy of Irish Dance is proud to present a variety Irish Dancing performance

Imani Winds
30 Sep 2017 7:30 PM
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
4 Oct 2017 1:00 PM
Top Conservatorium of Music students inspire and delight with solo and chamber instrumental works and a variety of vocal repertoire.

(Dis)Connect
4 Oct 2017 7:30 PM - 6 Oct 2017 7:30 PM
A Theatre Studies original production. Adult themes

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

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

Wilma & Friends Concert
7 Oct 2017 7:30 PM
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.

The Vultures by Miria George
14 Oct 2017 8:00 PM
Money can’t buy you happiness. No wait – maybe it can.

End-of-year Showcase - A CARNIVAL OF MUSIC
15 Oct 2017 2:30 PM
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.

United Youth Orchestra
29 Oct 2017 3:00 PM
The final concert for UYO 2017 offers a wonderful programme of loved masterpieces from the Romantic Era and beyond.

Glimpse
29 Oct 2017 7:30 PM
'Glimpse' is a new multi-media artwork incorporating live music, projected video, andsoundscape created by filmmaker Dan Inglis and composer Dr. Jeremy Mayall

Kelvin Cruickshank Live (R18)
10 Nov 2017 7:00 PM
PLEASE NOTE THIS SHOW HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO SUNDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2018

Orchestral Moments
11 Nov 2017 7:30 PM
Modern meets Classical. Featuring the music of McCartney, Elton John, Billy Joel, Bacharah and many more.

Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series 2017 - Professor Mark Dyer
14 Nov 2017 5:15 PM
STEAM without the hot air - Professor Mark Dyer - School of Engineering

Professor Maryanne Garry - Memory, reality, and the end of facts
28 Nov 2017 5:15 PM
2017 Inaugural Professorial Lecture

NZ Opera School Fundraiser
6 Dec 2017 7:00 PM
Fundraising concert for three Waikato students accepted into the highly prestigious annual NZ Opera School held in Whanganui

A Broadway Christmas
16 Dec 2017 7:30 PM
An Evening of Razzle-Dazzle, Supper and Wine with Hamilton Civic Choir

Kelvin Cruickshank - Soul Food (R16)
11 Feb 2018 7:00 PM - 12 Feb 2018 7:00 PM
An evening with acclaimed medium Kelvin Cruickshank