The God that Comes
Theatre, Music 15 – 20 Mar
Part play, part concert, all Bacchanalian, this booze-soaked rock ‘n’ roll cabaret is a sexy one-man show overflowing with “deft wit and razor sharp humour” (Calgary Sun, Canada).
Music 19 Mar
Prepare to be transported to the “desert noir” landscape of tumbleweed and tequila these New Zealand favourites from Tucson, Arizona, have made their own.
Reimagining the Classics
Music 20 Mar
Brilliant jazz pianist and composer Uri Caine will be using the classics as a springboard for his exciting improvisations in this concert with the New Zealand String Quartet.
Modern Māori Quartet
Cabaret, Music 16 Mar
Waiata, wit and downhome warmth as the boys bring you their fresh take on the classic Māori showband and put their stamp on Kiwi classics and some of today’s biggest hits.
L'orchestre d'hommes-orchestres Performs Tom Waits
Cabaret, Music 17 – 19 Mar
Enter the “sheer energetic madness” (This is Cabaret) of this four-man band of one-man bands. Their tribute to Tom Waits turns the gravel-voiced singer’s music into something even more eccentrically entertaining.
Being Joni Mitchell
Artist Talk, Music 13 Mar
Director Shane Bosher and singer Julia Deans talk about how they approached Joni Mitchell’s astonishing songbook in their homage to the legendary artist, Both Sides Now.
Sila: The Breath of the World
Music 05 – 06 Mar
For this unique composition by “one of the most original musical thinkers of the new century” (The New Yorker), Orchestra Wellington musicians are set loose from a conductor’s baton and scattered around Civic Square.
No Man's Land
Film, Music 02 Mar
Featuring 150 musicians from more than 20 countries, this multi-layered world music collaboration brings together the descendants of opposing forces in WWI and reunites them in friendship and musical solidarity.
Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) A New Beggar's Opera
Theatre, Music 26 Feb – 02 Mar
Busting with wit, wonder and weirdness, this was one of The Guardian’s Top 10 theatre shows of 2014. The ever-inventive, multi-talented Kneehigh rework John Gay’s bawdy 18th-century musical satire The Beggar’s Opera.
Music 27 Feb
Grab a ticket to this intimate concert with a beloved Australian singer-songwriter and activist.
Swing Symphony (Symphony No 3) – Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Music 10 – 11 Mar
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra leader Wynton Marsalis’s third symphonyis a “stunning achievement” (The Arts Desk) that takes you on a journey through jazz history.
Music 17 Mar
An R&B star of “uncompromising power and originality” (Consequence of Sound), D’Angelo was one of the leading lights of the 1990s neo-soul movement. Twenty years later, his latest release Black Messiah has just been named in Rolling Stone’s Top 5 album’s for 2015.
A Night with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Music 12 Mar
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra draws on the vast repertoire at its fingertips, from historic compositions by the jazz greats to its own commissions.
Music 06 – 07 Mar
Grief is “transformed into something brimming with life” (The Quietus) in this concert based around Sufjan Stevens’ latest album, Carrie & Lowell.
Music 27 Feb
A rare chance to experience Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine in its entirety. Well established as one of the best European early music groups, Concerto Italiano are renowned for their performances of the work.
Music 28 Feb
This cutting-edge fusion of East and West brings together three of New Zealand’s most explorative composers with Japan’s virtuosic Mayumi Miyata (shō), Nanae Yoshimura (koto) and Tosiya Suzuki (recorder).
Film, Music 28 Feb
You’ll hear songs from 11 different Aboriginal languages in this soulful show, which will bring to you the heart of Australia and its most celebrated musicians, including Archie Roach and special guest artist Paul Kelly.
Born in a Barn
Theatre, Music, Artist Talk 29 Feb
In this artist talk, learn about the theatre company Kneehigh from Mike Shepherd, director of Dead Dog in a Suitcase.
Both Sides Now
Cabaret, Music 11 – 13 Mar
Fresh from her success in Silo Theatre’s sultry Brel, Julia Deans turns to the Joni Mitchell songbook in this stunning show directed by Shane Bosher.
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
Music 13 Mar
This recital, featuring Schubert, Strauss and Brahms among others, allows you to hear Dame Kiri solo and alongside the “supreme polish and breathtaking accuracy” (The DominionPost) of Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir.
Music 15 Mar
Premiered to great acclaim at the Edinburgh International Festival, Relict Furies gives a voice to World War I’s New Zealand “relicts” – the widows and sweethearts who waved their men goodbye and never saw them again.
Artist Talk, Music 04 Mar
Discover how the creative collaboration between composer Ross Harris and librettist Vincent O'Sullivan enables them to achieve a single artistic vision, and how new opera Brass Poppies came into being.
Music 15 Mar
One of the most widely respected soul and electronica acts in New Zealand, exploring new directions in synth-based jazz textures and subterranean basslines.
The Phoenix Foundation
Music 10 Mar
Twenty years in the game and The Phoenix Foundation remain one of New Zealand’s most beloved and innovative bands. Catch them at their best – in front of a hometown audience.
Music 03 – 06 Mar
This ground-breaking new chamber opera from Ross Harris and Vincent O’Sullivan (Requiem for theFallen) powerfully portrays World War I as both a military story and one of domestic New Zealand.
Flying Nun Dunedin Double: The Verlaines
Music 09 Mar
Reuniting their classic line-up of Jane Dodd (bass), Robbie Yeats (drums) and co-founder Graeme Downes (vocals/ guitar), the band will perform songs written between 1979 and 1986.