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February 2015
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra presents: Freddy Kempf's Beethoven - Programme 1
It’s a Beethoven extravaganza with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and fearless British piano star Freddy Kempf
28 February
Michael Fowler Centre
Fink About It
The comedy duo of Eteuati Ete and Tofiga Fepuleai has been touring New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific islands, UK and US for more than ten years now...
28 February
Opera House
March 2015
RNZB presents Don Quixote
The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Don Quixote, first seen in 2008, is a flirtatious delight, combining virtuoso choreography with comic flair
4 March - 7 March
St James Theatre
Jim Beam Homegrown
Kiwi music festival is set to return on March 7th, 2015. The entire Wellington Waterfront will come to life with 57 bands and DJ's performing across 7 stages.
7 March
Shaolin Monks
The Shaolin temple is the most famous temple in China, renowned for kungfu fighting monks, who display amazing strength and endurance.
7 March
Michael Fowler Centre
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra presents: Freddy Kempf's Beethoven - Programme 2
Experience the mighty composer’s full range, from the classical elegance of his first concerto to the grand passion of his majestic fifth
14 March
Michael Fowler Centre
Capital E presents: Dirt & Other Delicious Ingredients
Deep in the dirt hide ingredients to build, bake and cultivate.
14 March
Shed 6
Capital E presents: Carnival of the Animals
Zebras juggle and flip, kangaroos skip and somersault, elephants with street-cred stride to a rhythm and dinosaur bones shake, clatter and roll to the music...
14 March - 21 March
Opera House
Miranda Sings
International YouTube sensation Miranda Sings is bringing you a hilarious night filled with comedy, hit songs, magic tricks, dramatic readings of hate mail, and never before seen videos to New Zealand!
19 March
St James Theatre
Capital E presents: The Ballad of Pondlife McGurk
Pondlife McGurk was a troublesome child, some called him stupid, some called him wild.
21 March
St James Theatre
Fly My Pretties
ZM are proud to present Fly My Pretties who are playing a one off hometown show before they head off shore to play along side the likes of the Black Keys and Ben Harper...
21 March
St James Theatre
Caffeination
The biggest coffee event in New Zealand.
See the best in the industry under one roof, national championships, coffee classes, coffee roasting, coffee stories, equipment, coffee, coffee, coffee.
21 March - 22 March
Shed 6
Chamber Music: BRODSKY QUARTET
The Brodsky Quartet’s spirited and virtuosic artistry has ensured them a place at the very forefront of the international chamber music scene.
26 March
Michael Fowler Centre
Michael Franti and Spearhead
There are some great live artists in the world whose performances really stamp themselves on your memory and they don’t get much more memorable than Michael Franti & Spearhead.
27 March
Shed 6
Janine Jansen plays Tchaikovsky
One of the greatest violin concertos ever written, Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece takes flight with the NZSO and spellbinding Dutch violinist Janine Jansen, making her New Zealand debut.
28 March
Michael Fowler Centre
Footnote New Zealand Dance presents: Bbeals
An international collaboration between Footnote New Zealand Dance and French company Danses en L’R, Bbeals is an entrancing new dance work for all ages...
28 March
Opera House
Gary Clark Jr
Buddy Guy claims, “He’s as good as it gets” while Eric Clapton has gushed…”You make me want to play again”.
29 March
Shed 6
April 2015
Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story
Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story tours New Zealand in March and April 2015, taking in 21 venues around the country.
1 April
Opera House
The Gipsy Kings ft Nicolas Reyes & Tonino Baliardo
The Gipsy Kings are performing in New Zealand for the first time - on their 25th anniversary tour - an incredible band and still at the top of their game.
1 April
Michael Fowler Centre
Billy Idol with Cheap Trick & The Angels
Rock icon BILLY IDOL is returning to New Zealand for his first concert tour since 1987. The original punk turned global superstar will perform two indoor shows in Christchurch & Wellington in April 2015.
2 April
TSB Bank Arena
David Gray – Live in Concert
Bluesfest Touring is thrilled to announce yet another amazing artist coming to New Zealand this coming Easter!
8 April
Michael Fowler Centre
Jurassic 5 - Live to Mic
Jurassic 5 formed in the early nineties and quickly became known as one of the soulful and socially aware Hip Hop groups of the LA underground scene.
9 April
Opera House
Ed SheeranSold Out
Frontier Touring are delighted to confirm that Ed Sheeran will be returning to our shores on his biggest tour to date – performing in arenas across New Zealand in March and April 2015!
10 April
TSB Bank Arena
Singin' in the Rain
From the producers of The Sound of Music, Annie and Jersey Boys, comes another critically acclaimed production from a sell-out season in London’s West End – the ever-popular musical Singin’ in the Rain
15 April - 26 April
St James Theatre
Ricky Martin One World Tour
Fresh from performing ‘Vida’ on The Voice in Sydney, we are proud to announce that GRAMMY winning music superstar Ricky Martin.
18 April
TSB Bank Arena
Kamarinskaya
This work results in an authentic “Russian” symphony with all of his brilliant trademarks. Rachmaninov’s 3rd piano concerto is so well known and loved it almost needs no introduction!
18 April
Michael Fowler Centre
Spirit of Anzac
In that Anzac spirit we collaborate with the Sydney Symphony to present two world premieres in near-simultaneous concerts.
22 April
Michael Fowler Centre
Johnny Lever Live
Famous Bollywood Actor and stand-up Comedian Johnny Lever is performing with his group of musicians...
24 April
Opera House
Queen - It's A Kinda Magic
Re-live the iconic voice of Mercury, the amazing guitar solos of May and the groundbreaking Rock harmonies.
27 April
St James Theatre
NZ Comedy Festival 2015 presents: Old Mout Cider: First Laughs
A regular guest on The Graham Norton Show, top Irish comedian Ed Byrne is coming to Wellington to host Old Mout Cider First Laughs.
27 April
Opera House
May 2015
Aotearoa Plus
Trombone titan Christian Lindberg, voted 'brass player of the century' alongside Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong, leads the NZSO in an invigorating mix of brand new and well-loved New Zealand music...
1 May
Michael Fowler Centre
Dr hook
The legendary voice of founding lead vocalist Dennis Locorriere, and his celebrated live band will be performing a night at the Michael Fowler Centre.
2 May
Michael Fowler Centre
America with Sharon Corr
From signature son ‘A Horse With No Name’ to other hits ‘I Need You’, ‘Ventura Highway’ and ‘Don’t Cross The River Man’, America is set to thrill their New Zealand fans.
7 May
TSB Bank Arena
Chamber Music presents Composer Connections: NZTRIO
Celebrate our musical cultural heritage with a journey of discovery through collaboration, innovation and inspiration.
9 May
Michael Fowler Centre
New Zealand Opera presents: La Cenerentola
Rossini’s dazzling La cenerentola is a fairy-tale with a difference. In this Cinderella story, stepfathers are tyrants, beggar-philosophers replace fairy godmothers, and a silver bangle stands in for that glass slipper.
9 May - 16 May
St James Theatre
An Evening with Noel Fielding
Noel Fielding, one half of the award winning comedy duo ‘The Mighty Boosh’, Team Captain of ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’ and the star behind ‘Luxury Comedy’ is heading to New Zealand in 2015.
11 May - 12 May
Opera House
Into the Storm
The forces of nature rush into the concert hall to engulf all in their path when the NZSO performs three monumental works of the twentieth century repertoire.
16 May
Michael Fowler Centre
The Royal New Zealand Ballet present Salute
The Royal New Zealand Ballet is honoured to collaborate with the New Zealand Army Band and distinguished New Zealand composers and choreographers
22 May - 24 May
St James Theatre
The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra
The living embodiment of swing, one of the most elegant and irresistible sounds that ever shook the western world...
26 May
Opera House
Moscow ballet La Classique presents: Sleeping Beauty
Moscow ballet La Classique return down-under with their Spectacular masterpiece Sleeping Beauty ballet's most loved fairytale.
30 May
Opera House
June 2015
Hamlet
If you’ve never been lucky enough to travel to London’s historic Globe Theatre, you are in for a treat next Queen’s Birthday weekend. The great theatre company is coming to you.
1 June - 2 June
Opera House
Foster & Allen in Concert
Legendary Irish folk music duo Foster & Allen are number one stars across the globe, having 30 new-release charting albums over a 30-year career, the only act in the world to do so.
4 June
St James Theatre
The Pink Floyd Experience
Nearly 40 years ago Pink Floyd released their 9th studio album. Titled ‘Wish You Were Here”, the album covered themes such as absence...
6 June
TSB Bank Arena
The Beatles 50 Years On
Now experience an unforgettable piece of music history and enjoy two additional Beatles’ ‘50th’ milestones, recreated by the world’s premier ‘Beatles’ band, the Fabulous Beatle Boys.
6 June
St James Theatre
Harlem Globetrotters
The Harlem Globetrotters are returning to NZ after their massively successful 2013 tour...
7 June
TSB Bank Arena
Wagner Gala - Inkinen Festival
In this dazzling concert series, we feature our treasured music director Pietari Inkinen. Alongside some of the world’s most brilliant soloists...
12 June
Michael Fowler Centre
Hilary Hahn Plays Beethoven - Inkinen Festival
Classical superstar Hilary Hahn reunites with Pietari Inkinen and the NZSO five years after our internationally acclaimed European tour...
13 June
Michael Fowler Centre
Chamber Music presents: TURNOVSKY JUBILEE ENSEMBLE
There is no better way to celebrate the 50th Jubilee of the NZCT Chamber Music Contest than with this fabulous alumni ensemble
18 June
Michael Fowler Centre
Orchestra Wellington: Little Russian
The Little Russian sees Tchaikovsky using the folk music of his native land to stunning effect.
20 June
Michael Fowler Centre
July 2015
NZSO National Youth Orchestra
Bringing together the cream of New Zealand’s young classical musicians, this year’s NZSO National Youth Orchestra presents a palette of dreamy musical colours by French masters.
2 July
Michael Fowler Centre
Power and Passion
Superstar Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko joins forces with extraordinary Macedonian pianist Simon Trp?eski for a breath-taking display of classical brilliance in the concert hall.
10 July
Michael Fowler Centre
August 2015
NZCT CHAMBER MUSIC CONTEST
Experience the best of young NZ talent in the NZCT Chamber Music Contest 50th Jubilee Year!
1 August - 2 August
Michael Fowler Centre
Alan Davies
Following the sell out success of his long-awaited return to stand up in 2013, Alan Davies (star of QI and Jonathan Creek) returns to New Zealand...
1 August
Opera House
Orchestra Wellington: Polish
Tchaikovsky’s “Polish” symphony is unique among all of his symphonies in that it is in a major key and has five movements.
8 August
Michael Fowler Centre
The Vodafone Season of A Midsummer Night’s Dream
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, based on Shakespeare’s play and with Mendelssohn’s wonderful incidental music, will have its world premiere in Wellington in August 2015.
20 August - 23 August
St James Theatre
Chamber Music presents CLiK the ensemble
Committed to representing New Zealand in the arts, CLiK share a Kiwi musical upbringing, and trace their love of chamber music back to the NZCT Chamber Music Contest
22 August
Michael Fowler Centre
Cathedral of Sound
Music will soar above and swirl around you when the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra presents a powerhouse masterpiece of the repertoire, Bruckner’s mighty Symphony No. 8.
28 August
Michael Fowler Centre
September 2015
Orchestra Wellington: Fate
Our fourth concert features Tchaikovsky’s breakthrough work. The Fourth Symphony is Romantic to its core, with clear programatic expressions of fate, melancholy, grandeur and joy.
5 September
Michael Fowler Centre
Renée Fleming - A Gala Evening
This concert is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to hear celebrated international diva Renée Fleming perform for the first time with the NZSO.
12 September
Michael Fowler Centre
Classical Hits
It’s a mouth-watering selection of classical music’s greatest hits when our much-loved NZSO Music Director Emeritus James Judd returns for a special national tour.
19 September
Michael Fowler Centre
Inspired by Bach: Michael Houstoun (piano)
Discover the musical influence of Johann Sebastian Bach in the form of piano transcriptions, homages and a brand new work by Ross Harris.
23 September
Michael Fowler Centre
October 2015
New Zealand Opera presents: Tosca
Tosca is the opera that conquered the world. This passionate story of lust, revenge and sacrifice completely overwhelmed its first audiences...
10 October - 17 October
St James Theatre
Chamber Music presents: VIENNA PIANO TRIO
Capturing the spirit of chamber music, the Vienna Piano Trio is a polished gem steeped in the grand Central European musical tradition.
16 October
Michael Fowler Centre
Bold Worlds - Fire and Ice
Cross exciting new musical frontiers with the NZSO’s Bold Worlds tour, a celebration of intrepid new steps in classical music.
30 October
Michael Fowler Centre
November 2015
Orchestra Wellington: Providence
Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony follows on from the Fourth with the similar use of a reappearing motif. This motif appears in all four of the movements and contributes to the tight thematic cohesion of the work.
7 November
Michael Fowler Centre
Garrick Ohlsson plays Brahms
Formidable American piano master Garrick Ohlsson is famous for his vast repertoire and the exceptional intelligence of his playing.
13 November
Michael Fowler Centre
Rite Of Spring
Discover why Stravinsky’s avant garde 1913 ballet score for The Rite of Spring sparked a riot in the theatre on its Paris premiere.
20 November
Michael Fowler Centre
December 2015
Orchestra Wellington: Pathetique
The final concert is a celebration of the composer. In it we hear the work of a great Romantic figure, a great modernist who revered him and a contemporary composer from NZ who is a likely candidate for international stardom.
5 December
Michael Fowler Centre
Handel’s Messiah
A three-hundred-year-old Christmas smash hit, Handel’s peerless oratorio is the perfect holiday season gift for concertgoers of every kind.
12 December
Michael Fowler Centre