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We are delighted to present three FREE concerts and a workshop in our 2019 Season.

Matariki, 15 June @ 12:00am


Hamish McKeich Conductor

Holst/George Morton The Planets VI. Uranus, the Magician

Gillian Whitehead Resurgences

Leonie Holmes Solstice

Dvořák Symphony No. 9 in E Minor ‘From the New World’, Op. 95 IV. Allegro con fuoco

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra presents a free concert as part of the 2019 Te Papa Matariki Festival.

Opening with George Morton’s arrangement of Uranus from Holst’s The Planets, the Orchestra then performs New Zealand composer Gillian Whitehead’s Resurgences. The work reflects on the moon’s influence on the tides and wider natural world. It’s a piece that surges forward, constantly moving and adding more and more layers.

Written at the time of the winter solstice, Leonie Holmes’ Solsticeevokes the cold earth, and the rituals that have been performed through the ages to encourage the coming of sunrise, warmth, light and rebirth.

Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 From the New World is influenced by the native cultures he experienced when he travelled to America in the 1890s. Its fourth and final movement is a rousing and exciting finale.

As the Māori new year celebration, Matariki is a time for renewal. It is time to remember the year just gone, particularly loved ones who have passed and to express hopes and aspirations for the year to come.

Don’t miss the opportunity to gather with family and friends to reflect on the past and look to the future with this free Te Papa concert by the NZSO.

Saturday, 14 December @ 11:00am
Family Christmas Concert

Featuring some of classical music’s most well known melodies. Let the orchestra take you on a journey with music from Bizet, Tchaikovsky and a special treat of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.

Conducted by Hamish McKeich, this concert will be a great seasonal treat for the whole family.

Saturday, 1 December @ 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Pop-up Carol Choir Workshop

Have you ever wanted to sing with the orchestra? Then don’t miss our Christmas Carols singing workshop. Join us for a fun workshop with Julian Raphael to learn the tunes and then join the orchestra at 3:00pm for the sing along.

No booking, registration or singing experience required. 

Saturday, 14 December @ 3:00pm
Christmas Carols with the NZSO 

Conducted by Hamish McKeich, Immerse yourself in the sound of Christmas with the NZSO and the Pop-up Carol Choir.