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The Edge Events Guide - APRIL – JUNE 2004

The Edge Events Guide
APRIL – JUNE 2004
www.the-edge.co.nz

Welcome to THE EDGE, Performing Arts & Conventions Auckland.
THE EDGE is the entertainment hub of Auckland and comprises the Aotea Centre, The Civic, Auckland Town Hall and Aotea Square.

Bookings for all events at THE EDGE can be made through Ticketek (unless otherwise stated), by phoning (09) 307 5000 or online at www.ticketek.co.nz Service fees will apply.

THE EDGEmakes every effort to ensure details are correct. To our knowledge, the following events are correct at time of printing. However, all details are subject to change.


ALL YEAR

MARKETS
AOTEA SQUARE MARKETS
Every Friday and Saturday 10am–6pm Rain or shine
Aotea Square, THE EDGE
FREE Admission!

A maze of colourful tents in the inner city offering arts & crafts, Pasifika, designer & vintage clothing, jewellery, bric-a-brac, organic foods, coffee and fresh juice. On Saturdays from 12noon–2pm we bring FREE live music from some of the best DJs and bands in New Zealand. A great place to shop, buy gifts, and enjoy the atmosphere! It’s unique, it’s very Auckland & it’s definitely worth a visit!
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


APRIL

MUSICAL
MAMMA MIA!
Previews 2 & 3 March, Opens 4 March – 30 May
Tue–Sat 8pm, Wed 1pm, Sat 2pm, Sun 5pm
The Civic, THE EDGE

A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget! People all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story, and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel good show. A mother confronts her past as three men return to the Greek island they've not visited for 21 years just as her 20-year-old daughter is about to be married...
The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone's having the time of their lives.
This infectious and funny hit musical features more than 20 of ABBA's best-known songs including:
DANCING QUEEN THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL
S0S KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU
TAKE A CHANCE ON ME I DO, I DO, I DO, I DO, I DO
THE NAME OF THE GAME MONEY, MONEY, MONEY
SUPER TROUPER GIMME GIMME GIMME
And of course MAMMA MIA
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


DRAMA
NATIVE TONGUE LTD PRESENTS: MARY’S GOSPEL by Geraldine Brophy
17 Mar–10 April 8pm. No performance Sundays.
Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, THE EDGE

Mary and Lizzie are part of the O’Sullivans – a large, Irish Catholic family, who control most of the construction business in the Hutt Valley.
At 15, Mary had a baby boy… Christie.

In the beginning there were no words
Only the dark
And the cold.
Naenae dark, Little Fish, busted – light dark.
Breath like marshmallows from Woollies;
Powdery, fat.

So Mary begins her gospels.
The story of her life, for her half-caste son, Christie. Little Fish.
As she speaks, Christie responds in the language of dance.

This communion is their Gospel truth.

This moving, poetic and funny play, presents a view of life from the inside of mental illness, and is the newest work from the pen of Geraldine Brophy.
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


OPERA
IVAN REBROFF
Tue 30 Mar 8pm
Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall, THE EDGE

Listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the singer with the broadest vocal range in the world – an astonishing four and a half octaves enabling him to sing from bass to soprano – Russia’s Ivan Rebroff returns to perform in Auckland.
For more than 40 years Ivan’s unique vocal gifts and engaging personality have delighted audiences all over the world in concert programmes featuring a remarkable variety of repertoire from Russian folksong and operatic arias to highlights from Fiddler on the Roof (a show which he made his own after 1476 consecutive performances in the role of Tavje in Paris).
Rebroff will be accompanied by leading St Petersberg trained musicians Konstantin Trirkov (conbrabass – balalaika) Anjrej Borissov (balalaika) Tatjana Borissove (dombra) and Irina Kawerina (bajan).
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


EXHIBITION
CULTURAL CROSSROADS – A STUDY OF AUCKLAND’S MULTICULTURAL DIVERSITY: LINDY HICKMAN
30 March–24 April 9am–5pm, Weekends 10am–4pm
Aotea Gallery, Level 4, Aotea Centre, THE EDGE
FREE entry

This photographic exhibition takes a look at Auckland’s immigrant communities, focusing on people who have moved to New Zealand from a cross-section of countries. It investigates how they adapt to life in Auckland and how they keep their cultures alive through festivals, religion and social activities.
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


MUSIC
DR JOHN IN CONCERT
Thurs 1 April 8pm
Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall, THE EDGE

Dr John proudly stands along side of Louis Armstrong and Fats Domino as one of New Orleans’ all-time distinctive voices. Not only is the Good Doctor’s dry, gravel cackle one of the most infectious sounds in both jazz and popular music, but he is universally celebrated as the living embodiment of the rich musical heritage exclusive to the Crescent City. Both his unique musical approach and his striking physical appearance encompasses local African, American-Indian and Creole influences mixed in with quite a few equally exotic tributaries besides. He’s both the essence of the city’s colourful past and its ever evolving future.
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


MUSIC
THE EDGE AND BLUEBELL PRODUCTIONS PRESENT: THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR OF MARION MARTIN, THE FLOWER OF SCOTLAND
Fri 2 April 8pm
Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall, THE EDGE

Twenty-five years after the release of The Flower of Scotland, Marion Martin brings her Anniversary Tour to Auckland for one New Zealand performance only.
This Glasgow-born songstress is acclaimed as one of the most dynamic and exciting singers and entertainers Scotland has ever produced. Supported by a seven-piece band, Marion will perform a full programme including favorites Scotland The Brave, My Love is Like a Red Red Rose and The Road and Miles to Dundee.

“You’ve never heard Scottish songs sung the way this lady sings them!” – The Band of The Scots Guards

"If you take a lovely lady, give her a pure lilting voice and combine it with the passion, and the pride of a true Scot, then you get someone very special, and here she is - Miss Marion Martin!" – Ray Martin, Bi-Centennial Carols by Candlelight, GTV Channel Nine

For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


FAMILY/MUSIC
AUCKLAND PHILHARMONIA – BABY PROMS 2004
Sat 3 April 12.30pm & 2pm
Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall, THE EDGE
Suitable for 2–5 year olds and parents

The enormously popular Baby Proms concerts with the Auckland Philharmonia, conductor Marc Taddei and singer and presenter Jennifer Moss provide a unique opportunity for young people to experience the thrill of live orchestra. The programme features short, fun pieces that are a mixture of classics and children's songs.
There are plenty of chances for children to participate, and a ‘walk through the orchestra’ (where the children walk along a path through the sections of the orchestra) enables children to see the musicians playing at close range.
Supported by Endeavour Charitable Trust.
To book phone 0800–PHILHARMONIA (0800 744 542)
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


FESTIVAL
FESTIVAL OF INDIA
Sat 3 April 10am–4pm
Aotea Square, THE EDGE
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


MUSIC
THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES, ABBA AND QUEEN – ROCK LEGENDS LIVE IN CONCERT WITH THE WELLINGTON SINFONIA
3–7 April 7.30pm, Sun & Wed 2pm
ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, THE EDGE

One of the greatest nostalgia concerts ever staged rolls into town as a part of an international celebration of the music of The Beatles, ABBA and Queen.
More than 40 top musicians recreate an era of non-stop hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s performed together on one stage at one event, in a fabulous musical celebration of the most successful and influential pop groups of all.
Musical arrangements and orchestrations are by the BBC's maestro Ian Sutherland, and one of NZ's favourite orchestras, the NDC Wellington Sinfonia, will be conducted by Barry Potts of the BBC Proms.
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


MUSIC
LUCINDA WILLIAMS
Tues 6 April 8pm
Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall, THE EDGE

Adrian Bohm is proud to present Lucinda Williams in her first New Zealand tour for more than 10 years.
Hailed by Time Magazine in 2000 as "America’s best songwriter", Lucinda Williams unique singing & songwriting talent combines equal parts blues, folk, country and rock anchored by deeply poetic lyrics that cut right to the chase.
Her strong suit has always been conveying the full spectrum of the human experience and the emotions associated with it – from heartbreak, loss, betrayal and anger to desire, exhilaration and redemption.
The oldest child of renowned poet Miller Williams, Lucinda recorded two acclaimed records for Smithsonian/Folkways before hitting her stride in 1988 with her self-titled debut for the Rough Trade label. Country artists Patty Loveless’ and Mary-Chapin Carpenter’s versions of the album’s The Night’s Too Long and Passionate Kisses respectively, shot right to the top of the country charts, with the latter tune garnering Lucinda a Grammy award in 1992.
That same year, Lucinda released Sweet Old World, then in 1998 she released the stunning, Grammy-winning Car Wheels on a Gravel Road. That was followed in 2000 with the laid-back, sensually dripping Essence.
And now there’s the genre-crossing World Without Tears, an album which is earning glowing reviews. Recorded with producer Mark Howard in a 1920’s mansion in the heart of Los Angeles, Williams has cited the recording process as being truly magical. On World Without Tears she maintains artistic vibrancy while synthesising various musical elements. From the raw and sexually charged to the swampy and emotionally intense, Williams is the personification of the “a little bit country, a little bit rock & roll” idiom.
Special guests to be announced.
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


MUSIC/FESTIVAL
DAVID PAQUETTE, IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE EDGE, PRESENTS THE MONTANA INTERNATIONAL JAZZ ‘N’ BLUES FEST 2004
8-11 April 8pm
Auckland Town Hall, THE EDGE

David Paquette’s jazz festival expands this year to encompass both Waiheke Island venues and the Auckland Town Hall. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to see some of the finest jazz and blues musicians in the world over Easter weekend.

FESTIVAL CONCERTS AT THE AUCKLAND TOWN HALL, THE EDGE

AN EVENING WITH NATHAN HAINES: Thurs 8 April 8pm
Nathan Haines, New Zealand’s most famous jazz export, returns for a performance of the jazz–infused music he was reared on. Featuring Joel & Kevin Haines and some very special guests, this is the not-to-be-missed opening night of the festival.

SOUTH OF THE BORDER: Fri 9 April 8pm
Showcasing Dilene Ferraz and Sergio Lavia, with Monica Trapaga & The Bachelor Pad, this will be an evening exploring the many facets of Latin music. Expect flavours of classic Tango, Brazilian Samba and even Latin flavoured pop music from the past.

FROM NEW ORLEANS TO NEW YORK: Sat 10 April 8pm
Leroy Jones and the Spirit of New Orleans, and Andy Stein Blue Four perform classic and swinging jazz from two cities that made their mark on this American art form. Also featuring a special appearance by David Paquette.

THREE WONDERFUL WOMEN: Sun 11 April 8pm
Three very different music styles… Three very unique women… One magic night of music… Experience the eclectic sounds of SONiA, Dilene Ferraz and Monica Trapaga featuring The Bachelor Pad.

And check out the rest of the fest, at these Waiheke Island venues….
• THE ISLAND GETS THE BLUES, Waiheke Theatre Thurs 8 April 8pm
• FEEL THE SPIRIT, Waiheke Theatre Fri 9 April 8pm
• BLUES DANCE PARTY 1, Harbourmasters Matiatia Fri April 9th 9pm
• THE LADIES GO LATIN, Waiheke Theatre Sat 10 April 8pm
• BLUES DANCE PARTY 2, Harbourmasters Matiatia Sat 10 April 9pm
• NEW ORLEANS BOOGIE, Waiheke Theatre Sun 11 April 8pm
• BLUES DANCE PARTY 2, Harbourmasters Matiatia Sun 11 April 9pm
• RUG RATS RAGE, Waiheke Theatre Mon 12 April 11am
• THE LAST BLAST, Waiheke Theatre Mon 12 April 3pm
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz or www.waihekejazz.co.nz


MUSIC
NZ FLUTE SOCIETY – FLUTE FLAVOURS
Sun 11 April 5.30pm
Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall, THE EDGE
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


EXPO
ARMAGEDDON – PULP CULTURE EXPO
Fri 16 & Sat 17 April 9am–6pm, Sun 18 April 9am–5pm
Aotea Centre & Auckland Town Hall, THE EDGE

Featuring celebrity guests from Harry Potter – Matthew Lewis, Lexx – Xenia Seeberg, Star Trek – George Takei, and comic creators Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev & Marc Silvestri.
Access to the expo has been improved this year to reduce queuing time.
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


OPERA
VIETNAMESE OPERA EVENING – QUAN AM BUDDHIST MONASTERY
Fri 16 April 6pm
Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall, THE EDGE
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


FESTIVAL
BUDDHA’S BIRTHDAY & MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL
Sat 17 April 9am–5pm
Aotea Square, THE EDGE

A celebration, performance and vegetarian food fair.
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


OPERA
OLEG MARSHEV RECITAL
Tue 20 April 7.30pm
Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall, THE EDGE

Brilliant Russian pianist Oleg Marshev has performed to critical acclaim throughout the world. He’s won numerous international competitions including the Pilar Bayona International Piano Competition (Spain), and the AMSA World Piano Competition (USA). He’s touring New Zealand after appearances at the Ruhr Klavier Festival (Germany) and the Roque d Antheron Piano Festival (France).
Don’t miss this one off performance.
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


CHAMBER MUSIC
CHAMBER MUSIC NEW ZEALAND PRESENTS – THE JERUSALEM QUARTET
Wed 21 April 8pm
Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall, THE EDGE

Described as "young superstars" by The Times in London, the Jerusalem Quartet (average age of 25) has performed in many of the world's most prestigious venues and at numerous high profile festivals, thrilling audiences with its dynamic and exciting performances.
Founded in 1993, the Jerusalem Quartet wowed audiences on its 2001 Chamber Music New Zealand tour. On this return visit they will perform the following works:
Beethoven: String Quartet in G Opus 18 No 2; Shostakovich: String Quartet No 4 in D Opus 83; Rachmaninov: Romance in G minor; Dvorák: String Quartet in F Opus 96 'American'
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


CLASSICAL MUSIC
NEW ZEALAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – SCHUBERT CELEBRATION
Thurs 22 April 7pm
Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall, THE EDGE

Franz Schubert is one of the world’s most loved composers. This concert offers his two best symphonies, the Fifth and the famous ‘Unfinished’ Symphony. In-between there’s a selection of favourite songs orchestrated from their piano accompaniments by Max Reger.
Conductor: James Judd
Mezzo soprano: Helen Medlyn
Bass Baritone: Roger Wilson
Programme: Symphony No 5; Lieder orch.Max Reger – Litanei, Greisengesang, Nacht und Traüm, Dem Unendlichen, An die Musik; Symphony No 8 Unfinished
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


CLASSICAL MUSIC
NEW ZEALAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – SERIES 1, CONCERT 1
Fri 23 April 6.30pm
Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall, THE EDGE

Music director James Judd opens the 2004 season with soprano Margaret Medlyn and some of the most heart-rending music ever written – Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs, which are perfectly complemented by Mahler’s large-scale and thrilling Seventh Symphony.
Conductor: James Judd
Soloist: Margaret Medlyn
Programme: Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs; Mahler: Symphony No 7
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


CLASSICAL MUSIC
NEW ZEALAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – SERIES 2, CONCERT 1
Sat 24 April 8pm
Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall, THE EDGE

This series opens with Norway’s popular ‘folk tales in music’ followed by the Auckland premiere of leading NZ composer John Psathas’ piano concerto. Then a tempting brief encounter introduced by maestro James Judd before the night’s highlight – Brahms’ magnificent third symphony.
Conductor: James Judd
Piano: Stephen Gosling
Programme: Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No 1; Psathas: Piano Concerto
(Auckland premiere performance); Brahms: Symphony No 3
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


MUSIC
MICHAEL BUBLE
Sun 25 April 7.30pm
ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, THE EDGE

Already certified double-platinum with his self-titled CD in New Zealand, Canada’s Michael Bublé is the hot new voice of 'cool'.
The 25-year-old Vancouver vocalist has a gift for making some of the greatest songs of all time entirely his own.
Michael Bublé treats us to some of his hits, including, Kissing A Fool and Fever, plus interview footage on tour in New York, London and South Africa.
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


FAMILY
INTRODUCTION TO THE ORGAN – PART OF THE 2004 FREE ORGAN SERIES
Sunday 25 April 2.30pm
Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall, THE EDGE
FREE entry

An invitation to listen to a number of performers on the Auckland Town Hall’s grand instrument!
Join invited players performing their favourite organ music.
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


CHAMBER MUSIC
NEW ZEALAND STRING QUARTET SERIES
27 & 28 April 8pm
Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall, THE EDGE

The internationally acclaimed New Zealand String Quartet presents:
Life & Love
Two programmes of music that will transform you

Tuesday 27 April 8pm
Programme One:
Wolf: Italian Serenade
Berg: String Quartet Opus 3
Shostakovich: String Quartet No 8 Opus 110
Smetana: String Quartet in E minor “From my Life”

Wednesday 28 April – 8pm
Programme Two:
Mozart: String Quartet in D minor K. 421
Berg: Lyric Suite
Schubert: String Quartet in D minor D. 810 “Death and the Maiden”
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


CLASSICAL MUSIC
AUCKLAND PHILHARMONIA VERO PREMIER SERIES 2004, CONCERT #4
Thurs 29 Apr 8pm Pre–concert talk (free to ticketholders) 7pm
Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall, THE EDGE

Acclaimed German conductor Werner Andreas Albert leads the Auckland Philharmonia and Russian pianist Nikolai Demidenko, regarded as one of the greatest pianists of our time – a virtuoso celebrated around the world for both live performances and recordings. Programme features Hindemith: Ragtime; Reger: Serenade; Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2.
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


MAY

OPERA
AUCKLAND CHORAL SOCIETY – VERDI REQUIEM
Sat 1 May 7.30pm
Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall, THE EDGE

Conductor: Peter Watts
Soprano: Patricia Wright
Mezzo Soprano: Helen Medlyn
Tenor: Patrick Power
Bass: Grant Dickson
With the Auckland Philharmonia

Often called Verdi’s greatest opera, this is one with no stage action, but the most dramatic portrayal of the ultimate drama of life and death ever composed.
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


MUSIC
INTERNATIONAL CONCERT ATTRACTIONS IN ASSOCIATION WITH JON NICHOLLS RESENTS: SHIRLEY BASSEY
ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, THE EDGE
Sat 1 & Sun 2 May 8pm

One of the greats of the entertainment business,Shirley Bassey’s unwavering appeal spans more than four decades and all corners of the globe.
Shirley’s break came when prominent British bandleader Jack Hylton spotted her and she was engaged to appear with Al Read in the 1955 Christmas Show at London’s Adelphi Theatre and in his revue Such is Life, which ran for a year.
Her first smash hit came in 1957 with the calypso- flavoured Banana Boat Song.
This was soon followed by As I Love You and Kiss Me Honey Honey Kiss Me, both songs entering the Top 10 at the same time.
She became a regular commuter across the Atlantic where her concert and cabaret appearances were guaranteed sell-outs, and in 1964 her recording of the James Bond theme song Goldfinger became a world-wide hit, selling more than one million copies in the US alone. This was the first of the James Bond movie tracks that she sang – Diamonds Are Forever and Moonraker followed, helping to establish her as a household name on every continent.
Shirley’s list of musical achievements is formidable: more than 20 silver discs in Britain, and 50-plus gold discs for international record sales making her one of Britain’s most successful singing stars.
Shirley Bassey performed a sell out UK tour in June 2003 celebrating an astounding 50 years in show business.
Recently, Shirley Bassey has been delighted and honoured to be the proud recipient of several distinguished awards including Unesco’s Artist for Peace Awards and in April 2003, the French government honoured her with a Legion D’Honneur in recognition of her successful career and in October 2003 Shirely Bassey received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Music Awards in London.
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


COMEDY
NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL
1–22 May 2004
Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre & Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall, THE EDGE

The New Zealand International Comedy Festival returns to THE EDGE this autumn.
It is with great pleasure that we announce the arrival of American Funny Man Greg Proops who is set to host the Gala and perform dates in Auckland and Christchurch.
The Concert Chamber becomes the Comedy Chamber and will house performances including New Zealand's magical Flight of The Conchords fresh from a Perrier nomination at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2003, and the UK's Lee Mack makes his New Zealand debut. The Concert Chamber will also host the Lindauer Comedy Divas and Crunchie Class Comedians
The Herald Theatre is the new star of the New Zealand International Comedy Festival with three shows a night.
Billy T winner Dai Henwood performs his new show, The Hot Steppa: The 4 Noels are back with their Melbourne Festival show, The Lost City of Argos. From Wellington, the Herald Theatre welcomes Mountain Men, and The Untold Tales of Maui (featuring Taika Cohen and Jemaine Clement of the Humourbeasts). The successful touring show D'Arranged Marriage starring Tarun Mohanbhai returns to Auckland after a season at the Sydney Opera House. Radar debuts his new work, Christmas in Bethlehem and the Herald Theatre will also host Instant Broadway, A Yank, A Kiwi, and a Tongan, Peter Majende in A Deaf in the Family and Gary with The Best of Gary.
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


FAMILY/MUSIC
ASO FREE FAMILY CONCERT – AUCKLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Sun 2 May 2.30pm
Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall, THE EDGE
FREE entry

Conductor Gary Daverne,
A free afternoon concert from this popular and well-loved orchestra performing an entertaining programme of favourite show tunes and classical music.
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


CHAMBER MUSIC
SONGS IN CHAINS – VIVA VOCE
Sun May 2 5pm
Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall, THE EDGE

Viva Voce presents the first of its three concert subscription series for 2004.
Viva Voce is one of New Zealand's most acclaimed chamber choirs.
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


CLASSICAL MUSIC
AUCKLAND PHILHARMONIA VERO PREMIER SERIES 2004
CONCERT #5 – CELEBRITY CONCERT
Thurs 6 May 8pm Pre concert talk (free to ticketholders) 7pm
Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall, THE EDGE

After a sold-out concert with the Auckland Philharmonia in 2003, world renowned violinist and conductor Shlomo Mintz returns to Auckland to take on the dual role of conductor and soloist, in a programme featuring Beethoven: Egmont Overture; Mozart: Violin Concerto No.5 and Beethoven: Symphony No.8.
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


EXHIBITION
POLY'NASIA – A SYNERGY OF TEXTILES SHOWCASING A POLYNESIA INDIA COLLABORATION
12 May – 5 June 9am – 5pm daily, Weekends 10am – 4pm
Aotea Gallery, Level 4, Aotea Centre, THE EDGE
FREE ENTRY

This fusion of apparel exhibition will reference the use of similar motifs in the production of traditional and contemporary textiles with live demonstrations by local craftspeople from both Polynesian and Indian cultures.
An unprecedented confluence of two of the world's most vibrant cultures providing glimpses of shared beliefs and parallel lifestyles. An eclectic blend of retro and the avant-garde in a riot of colours.
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


MUSICAL
THE SOUND OF MUSIC – AUCKLAND CHILDREN’S MUSICAL THEATRE
Fri 14 May 7.30pm, Sat 15 May 2pm & 7.30pm
ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, THE EDGE
Suitable for all ages

The hills are alive… with the sound of more than 200 young people aged four – 22 years who will fill the stage in the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic Broadway musical, The Sound of Music.
The production, directed by Alex H. Urban and produced by Artist International, features cast members from 100 schools and suburbs in the Greater Auckland area and tells the well-known story of Maria Von Trapp and the Von Trapp family who escape from the occupation of Austria during World War II. Don’t miss this enchanting story!
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


OPERA
THE NBR NEW ZEALAND OPERA PRESENTS THE NZI WINTER SEASON OF RIGOLETTO
Thurs 27, Sat 29, Mon 31 May, Wed 2 & Fri 4 June 7.30pm
ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, THE EDGE

By Guiseppe Verdi
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, after Victor Hugo
A new production sung in Italian with English surtitles
With the Chapman Tripp Opera Chorus accompanied by the Auckland Philharmonia.

The intense drama and sublime music of Rigoletto have made it one of the world’s favourite operas.
The story of aristocratic arrogance, fatherly love and a terrifying curse comes to the stage in all its power. The title role of Rigoletto, the court jester, is one of the greatest in all musical drama.
Hardened by daily taunts, Rigoletto’s anguished attempts to rise above his weakness to save his daughter from becoming prey to the evil Duke make for a heart-rending and riveting drama. Rigoletto is a must see masterpiece.
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


CLASSICAL MUSIC
NZSO – SERIES 1, CONCERT 2
Sat 28 May 8.30pm
Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall, THE EDGE

A virtuosic showcase for remarkable young violinist, Hilary Hahn, introduced by an exciting Rossini Overture and followed by Schubert's tour de farce, his Ninth Symphony, the 'Great'.

Conductor: Christian Gansch
Violin: Hilary Hahn
Programme:
Rossini: La Cenerentola Overture; Paganini: Violin Concerto No 1 in D; Schubert: Symphony No 9 'Great'
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


CLASSICAL MUSIC
NZSO – SERIES 2, CONCERT 2
Sat 29 May 8pm
Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall, THE EDGE

Two American beauties open this concert – the hummable themes of Appalachian Spring and the new-Romantic Barber Violin Concerto in the hands of the 22-year-old American superstar Hilary Hahn. The concert ends with Mozart's great Jupiter Symphony.

Conductor: Christian Gansch
Violin: Hilary Hahn
Programme:
Copland: Appalachian Spring Suite; Barber: Violin Concerto; Mozart: Symphony No 41 'Jupiter'
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


SEMINAR
ROBERT KIYOSAKI
Sun 30 May 1pm
ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, THE EDGE

Spend three hours with the world's most popular financial educator, then build a plan to literally reinvent your future. Robert Kiyosaki's seminars and programs provide you with an invaluable financial education – whether you're a novice investor or a seasoned professional.
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


CLASSICAL MUSIC
CHAMBER MUSIC NEW ZEALAND PRESENTS: STROMA
Mon 31 May 8pm
Auckland Town Hall, THE EDGE

With a reputation for innovative, challenging and exhilarating performances with a strong emphasis on contemporary music, Stroma is one of the country’s most exciting young music ensembles.
Formed in 1999 by Michael Norris, Bridget Douglas, Hamish McKeitch and Philip Brownlee, their aim was to establish an ensemble of professional musicians performing music of our time and our country.

Programme:
Crumb: Eleven Echoes of Autumn; Boulez: Pour le Dr Kalmus;
Ross Harris: At the Edge of Silence (new work commissioned by CMNZ);
Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


JUNE

MUSIC
LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS – DALEWOOL AUCKLAND BRASS
Thu 3 June 7.30pm
Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall, THE EDGE

Internationally acclaimed band, Dalewool Auckland Brass is proud to present five major concerts in 2004, featuring the best of brass music in Auckland’s most stunning venues.
This year the band is joined by the magnificent Auckland Choral Society, highly acclaimed international pianist Matteo Napoli and the Graduate Choir.
Join in the festivities with Dalewool Auckland Brass and the magnificent Auckland Choral Society for an encapsulating night celebrating British tradition. The magic of British nostalgia will be relived in the fabulous Auckland Town Hall, with classics including Rule Britannia, Pomp and Circumstance and Crown Imperial performed alongside more contemporary favourites.
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


MUSIC/THEATRE
OLD WICKED SONGS
3–5 June, 9–12 June 8pm; 9 & 12 June 2pm; 6 & 13 June 5pm; 8 June 6.30pm
Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, THE EDGE

Old Wicked Songs tells the story of a belligerent old music teacher and his unwilling young protégé.
Set in Vienna in 1986, Jon Maran’s much-acclaimed play deftly explores the relationship between teacher and pupil using music as a catalyst for understanding and compassion.
Nominated for the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, it is a virtuoso piece for two men who must both act their roles with passion and intensity, and sing and play piano with great skill.
Robert Schumann’s Dichterliebe forms the centrepiece of this masterful piece of theatre set against the political backdrop of Austria’s 1986 general elections.
The play delves deeper into the psyche of two men affected in very different ways by the political activities of the Third Reich. But it is their common interest in music that compels them to share their stories.
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


EXHIBITION
CREATIVE EXPOSURE, THE GREAT ESCAPE
AUCKLAND FESTIVAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY
8–27 June 9am – 5pm daily, Weekends 10am–4pm
Aotea Gallery, Level 4, Aotea Centre, THE EDGE
FREE entry

Images of performing artists – masked and unmasked. In an era of technology, war and GE, human artists transcend the brevity of impersonal telecommunication, mass marketing, genetics and war to provide audiences with an escape – a creative journey of the human experience. John McDermott, one of Auckland’s best cultural photographers, will deliver moments of farce, laughter, joy, pain and madness. Includes images from AK03.
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


CLASSICAL MUSIC
AUCKLAND PHILHARMONIA VERO PREMIER SERIES 2004 CONCERT #6
Thurs 10 June 8pm Pre–concert talk (free to ticketholders) 7pm
Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall, THE EDGE

The Auckland Philharmonia’s Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducts the orchestra, leading New Zealand soprano Patricia Wright and exciting young Russian violinist Natalia Lomeiko (winner of the 2003 Michael Hill International Violin Competition) in a programme featuring Golijov’s Last Round and Three Songs for Soprano and Orchestra, Ravel’s Ma Mère l’Oye and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D.
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


CHAMBER MUSIC
CHAMBER MUSIC NEW ZEALAND – SECONDARY SCHOOLS REGIONAL FINALS
13 June 7pm
Auckland Town Hall, THE EDGE
FREE entry

Regional finals of the top school chamber music groups from in and around the Auckland region.
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


MUSIC
THE BIG SING – NZCF AUCKLAND SECONDARY SCHOOLS CHORAL FESTIVAL
Public Gala Concert: 16 June 6.30pm
Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall, THE EDGE
FREE entry
This event is open to all secondary school choirs.
The Public Gala Concert is the showcase for the top school choirs in the Auckland region.
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


FAMILY
STORYLINES FESTIVAL WRITING AND ILLUSTRATION WORKSHOPS
Sat 19 June 1pm–2.30pm & 3pm–4.30pm
Auckland Town Hall & Aotea Centre, THE EDGE

The Storylines Festival includes writing and illustrating workshops for children and adults.
These workshops provide opportunities to learn more about the craft of writing and illustrating.
New Zealand children’s writers and illustrators and international writer guests share their expertise with groups of 20 people. A detailed list of workshops will be available in March 2004.
Bookings through Ticketek.
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


FAMILY
11TH ANNUAL STORYLINES FESTIVAL – FREE FAMILY DAY
Sun 20 June 10am–3pm
Aotea Centre, THE EDGE

Presented by the Children’s Literature Foundation of New Zealand.
Experience the magic world of children’s literature at the FREE Family Day at the Aotea Centre, THE EDGE.

National Final – Paperplus Kids Lit Quiz
Sun 20 June 10am–3pm
Aotea Centre, THE EDGE

Now in its 11th year, the Paper Plus Kids' Lit Quiz National Final comprises 11 regional teams, involving students from Years 7 and 8, competing against each other by answering a range of questions based upon children's literature, for the national title.
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


MUSIC
DANIEL O’DONNELL
Fri 18 June 7.30pm
ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, THE EDGE

Daniel O’Donnell has been one of the most successful Irish artists to consistently tour New Zealand. His June 2004 tour also features Mary Duff.
Daniel has recently responded to fan requests for a rock and roll album, and Daniel In Blue Jeans is the wonderful result. The up tempo collection of songs include Love Me Tender, Blueberry Hill and Bye Bye Love.
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


CLASSICAL MUSIC
AUCKLAND PHILHARMONIA VERO PREMIER SERIES 2004 CONCERT #7
Thurs 17 June 8pm Pre–concert talk (free to ticketholders) 7pm
ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, THE EDGE

Auckland Philharmonia Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducts the orchestra and distinguished British pianist Piers Lane in a programme featuring Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kije, (Symphonic Suite from the film); Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor; Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet Suite.
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


FILM
WARREN MILLER’S JOURNEY
18 & 19 June 8pm, 20 June 5pm
The Civic, THE EDGE

Warren Miller Entertainment is set to premiere its 54th annual feature film Journey, signaling the official start of winter. From the legendary filmmaking company comes an all-new film packed with incredible action cinematography from around the globe. Warren Miller fans will be lured by this film's new heights in powder, cliffs and exotic locations. Journey delivers the very best of this year's skiing and riding, fusing terrain park progression with the backcountry, and technical lines with endless powder shots.
Journey takes viewers along for the ride in the quest for perfect conditions from Aspen to Chile and Alaska to Morocco. Journey across four continents with 19 film crews and 73 athletes, including icons Glen Plake, Bode Miller and Terje Haakonsen for the adventure of a lifetime. Journey also includes a tribute to an athlete who pioneered the sport of snowboarding – Craig Kelly. Whether riding rails in Breckenridge or skiing with best friends in Chamonix, this year's film shows that it's not about the destination; it's about the journey. Journey takes viewers to amazing destinations across the globe.
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


CLASSICAL MUSIC
AUCKLAND PHILHARMONIA VERO PREMIER SERIES 2004 CONCERT #8
Thurs 24 & Fri 25 June 8pm Pre–concert talk (free to ticketholders) 7pm
Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall, THE EDGE

The Auckland Philharmonia’s Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducts the orchestra and the world’s foremost guitarist, Manuel Barrueco, described in the LA Times as “simply and consistently awesome”. The programme features Anthony Young: The Farewell (Auckland Philharmonia commission); Vivaldi: Guitar Concerto in D; Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez; Beethoven: Symphony No.5 in C minor.
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


CHILDREN’S THEATRE
THE EDGE AND CAPITAL E NATIONAL THEATRE FOR CHILDREN PRESENT:
SONGS OF THE SEA (NGA WAIATA O TE MOANA)
26–27 June 10am & 12.30pm
Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, THE EDGE
Suitable for 2–7 year olds

Written and directed by Peter Wilson with exciting new music by Steve Gallagher.
Co-designed by Peter Wilson and William Wilson.

Where did all the fish in the sea come from? Songs of the Sea invites young audiences to look to where the sky meets the sea for the answers!
In a kaleidoscope of Te Reo and English song, dance, puppets and masks, Songs of the Sea (Nga Waiata o te Moana) unfolds the mysteries and myths of where the first fish came from.
From the sun and moon (ra and marama), the Milky Way and the Great Shaper of the Universe come a myriad of marine creatures. Children can float in a starry sky and dive into a great underwater world as music and stage wizardry transform their day. They can put faces to fish names as they meet sunfish (ratahuihui), moonfish, starfish (patangaroa) and seahorse. Then watch as all fish in the sea swim up the great rainbow to take on their scales of many colours.
Songs of the Sea is a beautiful new compilation of New Zealand stories that holds a mirror up to a young child’s world and opens the door to a new one!
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz


CLASSICAL MUSIC
SUZUKI ANNUAL CONCERT
Sun 27 June 3pm
Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall, THE EDGE
FREE entry

A free family concert by young Auckland musicians taught in the Suzuki method.
For more information visit www.the-edge.co.nz

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