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      Jun 2018

      Passionata

      Selwyn Wright, pianist and vocalist, and his wife Mary, also a well-known vocalist, have formed a keyboard and vocal duo called Passionata. They bring a dynamic interpretation to their classical and jazz repertoire. At the core of every song lies a desire of the heart. Using more than fifty years experience on the world’s stages, Selwyn and Mary paint these universal understandings of love and loss, uncertainty and hope, and laughter and joy comprising the human condition. Their sparkling contemporary arrangements utilise a palette of tonal colours drawn from classical elegance, dramatic musicals, tender television and motion picture themes, romantic popular ballads and high-energy jazz standards. Passionata entertains by inviting audiences to share the rich tapestry of emotions woven from the heights and depths that compose the fabric of life. Drop by our elegant Dukes Bar & Restaurant and enjoy some light entertainment while you enjoy lunch, high tea, or even just a drink and nibbles.

      24

      Jun 2018

      Passionata

      Selwyn Wright, pianist and vocalist, and his wife Mary, also a well-known vocalist, have formed a keyboard and vocal duo called Passionata. They bring a dynamic interpretation to their classical and jazz repertoire. At the core of every song lies a desire of the heart. Using more than fifty years experience on the world’s stages, Selwyn and Mary paint these universal understandings of love and loss, uncertainty and hope, and laughter and joy comprising the human condition. Their sparkling contemporary arrangements utilise a palette of tonal colours drawn from classical elegance, dramatic musicals, tender television and motion picture themes, romantic popular ballads and high-energy jazz standards. Passionata entertains by inviting audiences to share the rich tapestry of emotions woven from the heights and depths that compose the fabric of life. Drop by our elegant Dukes Bar & Restaurant and enjoy some light entertainment while you enjoy lunch, high tea, or even just a drink and nibbles.

    • 26

      Jun 2018

      Play On: Benedict Cumberbatch Must Die by Abby Howells

      A control-freak, a celebrity-obsessed dynamo and a socially phobic fan fiction writer have one thing in common: Benedict Cumberbatch. When they hear that Sherlock Holmes himself is making a trip to New Zealand, they devise a show in the hope he will come and see it and fall in love with them. Makes perfect sense, right? Play on is a live script reading series of New Zealand plays. It's unrehearsed, unpredictable and unmissable. Join us for the first time at the Eric Bridgeman Room at The Arts Village. Tickets are just $5 and you can purchase them at http://bigpictureminordeets.com/events/play-on-benedict-cumberbatch-must-die/ Read by Angela Frank, Alison Jones and Simone Walker. Come along to hear a live script reading of this play, and pick up some dinner from AVC - the on-site cafe at the Arts Village. Presented by Big Picture Minor Deets by arrangement with Playmarket NZ.

    • 27

      Jun 2018

      Rotorua Symphonic Band Rehearsal

      Looking for something musical to do? The Rotorua Symphonic Band is a concert ensemble of woodwinds (flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, alto & tenor saxophone, etc), brass (trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone/euphonium, tuba, etc) and percussion players of all ages - and we always welcome musicians from our community to come out and play. We meet weekly on Wednesdays at the Band Room on Amohau Street - beside Pak n Save and the Shambles Theatre. We play a wide range of popular band arrangements and classical compositions. Stop by to see what we are all about - join us in playing or just have a listen!

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      Jun 2018

      Dancing With Mozart

      Great music inspires great dance this winter, as the Royal New Zealand Ballet brings works by two of the greatest choreographers of the 20th and 21st centuries to New Zealand stages, together with an exciting new commission from Birmingham-based, Christchurch-born choreographer, Corey Baker. Works by legendary Czech choreographer, Jirí Kylián, are sought after and treasured by dance companies the world over. Following acclaimed performances of his Soldier’s Mass in 1998 and 2015, the Royal New Zealand Ballet is honoured to stage two works created by Kylián for Nederlands Dans Theater. Petite Mort, inspired by Mozart’s late piano concertos, was commissioned by the Salzburg Festival in 1991 to mark the 200th anniversary of Mozart’s death, and is one of Kylián’s most celebrated works. It is here paired with Kylián’s Sechs Tänze, created for NDT in 1986. Great Russian-American choreographer George Balanchine, founder of New York City Ballet and one of the most influential choreographers of all time, considered Mozart’s Divertimento No. 15 in B flat, K287 to be the finest divertimento ever written. We are excited to add Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15, created in 1956 for 16 dancers of New York City Ballet, to our repertoire in 2018, and are delighted to welcome Francia Russell, a celebrated interpreter and teacher of Balanchine’s works, to New Zealand for the first time to stage this work for the RNZB. New Zealand choreographer Corey Baker’s new work, tailor-made for dancers of the Royal New Zealand Ballet, completes this programme of New Zealand – and world – premieres.