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SWPR Event Listings April-July 2016

SWPR Event Listings April-July 2016

Flashdance -The Musical takes over The Civic this month, heading to NZ direct from the US / Chamber Music New Zealand tours feature Les Talens Lyriques, Enso String Quartet and Michael Hill International Violin Competition winner Suyeon Kang while young NZ musicians tune up for the NZ Community Trust Chamber Music Contest / The White Guitar, featuring Scribe, has Wellington and Auckland seasons

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CLASSICAL MUSIC

CHAMBER MUSIC NEW ZEALAND PRESENTS LES TALENTS LYRIQUES: L’ESPRIT FRANÇAIS
Led by Christopher Rousset, considered to be the outstanding harpsichordist of his generation, Les Talens Lyriques performs in New Zealand for the first time. This world-class French ensemble is set to transport audiences back 300 years… back to Versailles to the dazzlingly elegant and indulgent court of Louis XIV, the Sun King. Rousset describes his instrument as a time machine: “it really takes you to another era".

WELLINGTON: Michael Fowler Centre | Wednesday 13 April 7:30pm | Book tickets at Ticketek 0800 TICKETEK (842 538) www.ticketek.co.nz
HAMILTON: Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts | Thursday 14 April 7:30pm | Book tickets at Ticketek 0800 TICKETEK (842 538) www.ticketek.co.nz
AUCKLAND: Auckland Town Hall | Friday 15 Aprll 7:30pm | Book tickets at Ticketmaster 0800 111 999www.ticketmaster.co.nz


MUSICAL

FLASHDANCE - THE MUSICAL
Break out your legwarmers, shoulder-baring tees and spiral perms … Flashdance – The Musical is coming to New Zealand. Smash hit ‘80s movie Flashdance is now a musical with electrifying dance at its core and those massive hit songs of the ‘80s – the Academy Award-winning title song Flashdance – What a Feeling, Maniac, Gloria, Manhunt and I Love Rock & Roll
Featuring an all-American cast, FLASHDANCE – THE MUSICAL is at The Civic, Auckland fromWednesday 20 April.
The original Paramount Pictures film was a worldwide smash hit that became a pop culture phenomenon, grossing more than $US150 million and featuring a Grammy Award-winning soundtrack. FLASHDANCE – THE MUSICAL tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a club dancer by night with dreams of one day becoming a professional dancer. When romance with her steel mill boss threatens to complicate her ambitions, Alex learns the meaning of love and its power to fuel the pursuit of her dream.

AUCKLAND: The Civic | From 20 April | Book at Ticketmaster 0800 111 999 www.ticketmaster.co.nz


CHILDREN'S THEATRE

TIM BRAY PRODUCTIONS: THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER'S LUNCH
Children love Mr Grinling, the lighthouse keeper. Join in the fun with Mr and Mrs Grinling, Hamish the cat and the greedy seagulls, in a tale that cleverly blends *three of the favourite Lighthouse Keeper stories into one entertaining and funny show.
“It’s worth simply reiterating how entertaining and worthwhile this show is for all ages – some parents were as vocal as the kiddies!…another terrific holiday event from the master and his team.” Nik Smythe, Theatreview
*The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch, The Lighthouse Keeper’s Rescue and The Lighthouse Keeper’s Tea

AUCKLAND: The PumpHouse, Takapuna | 11-30 April | Book tickets at www.timbrayproductions.org.nzor phone 09 489 8360

CLASSICAL MUSIC

CHAMBER MUSIC NEW ZEALAND PRESENTS ENSO STRING QUARTET
The New York-based Ensō String Quartet return to New Zealand following their successful 2012 tour, with an exciting series of concerts. One of the United States’ most accomplished and inventive young ensembles, they received a Grammy nomination for their recording of the Ginastera quintets. They are bringing their energetic Ginastera interpretations to local audiences, performing his Quartet No 2 Op 26. It is paired with Haydn’s ‘Sun’ Quartet and Ravel’s famous String Quartet.
The concert also features an exquisite miniature from Auckland-based composer Alex Taylor – a new commission written especially for this Ensō String Quartet tour.
“Ensō played it with full-throated dramatic intensity” - Washington Post

INVERCARGILL: Civic Theatre | Thursday 12 May 7:30pm | Book tickets at Ticketdirect 0800 224 224www.ticketdirect.co.nz
DUNEDIN: Glenroy Auditorium | Friday 13 May 7:30pm | Book tickets at Ticketdirect 0800 224 224www.ticketdirect.co.nz
CHRISTCHURCH: Charles Luney Auditorium | Monday 16 May 7:30pm | Book tickets at Ticketek 0800 TICKETEK (842 538) www.ticketek.co.nz
NELSON: Old St John's Church | Tuesday 17 May 7:30pm | Book tickets at Ticketdirect 0800 224 224www.ticketdirect.co.nz
WELLINGTON: Michael Fowler Centre | Friday 20 May 7:30pm | Book tickets at Ticketek 0800 TICKETEK (842 538) www.ticketek.co.nz
NEW PLYMOUTH: Theatre Royal, TSB Showplace | Saturday 21 May 7:30pm | Book tickets at Ticketmaster 0800 111 999 www.ticketmaster.co.nz
PALMERSTON NORTH: Regent on Broadway | Sunday 22 May 5:00pm | Book tickets at Ticketdirect 0800 224 224 www.ticketdirect.co.nz
NAPIER: MTG Century Theatre | Tuesday 24 May 8:00pm | Book tickets at Ticketek 0800 TICKETEK (842 538) www.ticketek.co.nz
HAMILTON: Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts | Thursday 26 May 7:30pm | Book tickets at Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts (07) 858 5105 www.waikato.ac.nz/academy
AUCKLAND: Auckland Town Hall | Friday 27 May 7:30pm | Book tickets at Ticketmaster 0800 111 999www.ticketmaster.co.nz


CLASSICAL MUSIC/STUDENT COMPETITION

NEW ZEALAND COMMUNITY TRUST CHAMBER MUSIC CONTEST DISTRICT AND REGIONAL COMPETITIONS
The New Zealand Community Trust Chamber Music Contest is the perfect opportunity to encourage young musicians, regardless of standard or experience, to compose and perform chamber music and strive towards excellence. This iconic event is held annually throughout the country from June and culminates with a national final in August. It is the only nationwide chamber music competition for young musicians and composers and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015. For details visitwww.chambermusic.co.nz

DISTRICT COMPETITIONS
NORTHLAND: Whangarei | Tuesday 7 June
WAIKATO: Hamilton | Tuesday 7 June
NELSON/MARLBOROUGH: Nelson | Tuesday 7 June
AUCKLAND: 8-12 June
MANAWATU: Palmerston North | Thursday 9 June
SOUTHLAND: Invercargill | Thursday 9 June
WHANGANUI: Friday 10 June
OTAGO: Dunedin | 11 & 12 June
WELLINGTON: Sunday 12 June
SOUTH CANTERBURY: Timaru | Monday 13 June
HAWKE'S BAY: Napier | 13 & 14 June
BAY OF PLENTY: Tauranga | Wednesday 15 June
CANTERBURY: Christchurch | 15-17 June
EAST COAST: Gisborne | Thursday 16 June
TARANAKI: New Plymouth | Friday 17 June

REGIONAL FINALS
SOUTHERN (Nelson/Marlborough, Canterbury, South Canterbury, Otago and Southland): Christchurch | Saturday 25 June
NORTHERN (Northland, Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Taranaki): Auckland | Sunday 26 June
CENTRAL (East Coast, Hawke's Bay, Manawatu, Whanganui and Wellington): Napier | Sunday 26 June

CLASSICAL MUSIC

CHAMBER MUSIC NEW ZEALAND PRESENTS SUYEON KANG & STEPHEN DE PLEDGE
In 2015 Suyeon Kang became the first Australian to win the prestigious Michael Hill International Violin Competition and also took home the Audience Prize. New Zealand pianist Stephen De Pledge joins Suyeon Kang on her NZ tour, with a programme showcasing the many facets of the violin.
They’ll interweave some of the greatest violin and piano sonatas with Stravinsky's witty offerings and a delightful work for solo violin by New Zealand composer Kenneth Young.
“…at times playing with a delicate sensitivity and at others with a passionate intensity.” – National Business Review
Presented in association with Michael Hill International Violin Competition.

CHRISTCHURCH: Knox Church | Saturday 18 June 7:30pm | Book tickets at Ticketek 0800 TICKETEK (842 538) www.ticketek.co.nz
TIMARU: Craighead Diocesan School | Sunday 19 June 5:00pm | Book tickets through Newmans Music Works (03) 688-5597 or www.nmw.co.nz
AUCKLAND: Auckland Town Hall | Wednesday 22 June 7:30pm | Book tickets at Ticketmaster 0800 111 999 www.ticketmaster.co.nz
DUNEDIN: Glenroy Auditorium | Friday 24 June 7:30pm | Book tickets at Ticketdirect 0800 224 224www.ticketdirect.co.nz
INVERCARGILL: Civic Theatre | Saturday 25 June 7:30pm | Book tickets at Ticketdirect 0800 224 224www.ticketdirect.co.nz
NELSON: Old St John's Church | Friday 1 July 7:30pm | Book tickets at Ticketdirect 0800 224 224www.ticketdirect.co.nz
WELLINGTON: Michael Fowler Centre | Saturday 2 July 7:30pm | Book tickets at Ticketek 0800 TICKETEK (842 538) www.ticketek.co.nz
HAMILTON: Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts | Wednesday 6 July 7:30pm | Book tickets at Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts (07) 858 5105 www.waikato.ac.nz/academy
NEW PLYMOUTH: Theatre Royal, TSB Showplace |Thursday 7 July 7:30pm | Book tickets at Ticketmaster 0800 111 999 www.ticketmaster.co.nz
PALMERSTON NORTH: Regent on Broadway | Friday 8 July 7:30pm | Book tickets at Ticketdirect 0800 224 224 www.ticketdirect.co.nz
NAPIER: MTG Century Theatre | Sunday 10 July 5:00pm | Book tickets at Ticketek 0800 TICKETEK (842 538) www.ticketek.co.nz


THEATRE

THE CONCH AND TOUR-MAKERS PRESENT: THE WHITE GUITAR
Directed by Nina Nawalowalo and Jim Moriarty
Renowned hip-hop artist Scribe features with his father John and brother Matthias in this new play – the true story of their family, the Luafutus. A grandmother's dream of a better life in New Zealand collides with the reality of hardship and loss: a man's journey from boyhood innocence into the heart of darkness – through violence, drug addiction, prison and gangs – to the possibility of hope, healing and inspiration.
With the intensity of a live gig, music pumps through the story's veins – from the first songs of a grandmother as she sings along with her white guitar to the power of rock 'n' roll, the beats of hip-hop and church hymns.
Originally commissioned by Christchurch Arts Festival
“The White Guitar is the best and most affecting piece of theatre I have seen, hands down, for a long time.” – Theatreview
“As the Christchurch audience rose to offer the Luafutu men a standing ovation I know I have just witnessed a seminal moment in New Zealand theatre history.” – Vicki Anderson, The Press

WELLINGTON: Hannah Playhouse | 29 June to 2 July | Book at Ticketek 0800 TICKETEK (842 538)www.ticketek.co.nz
AUCKLAND: Q Theatre | 6-15 July | Book at www.qtheatre.co.nz or phone 09 309 9771


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