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[more]Welcome to another eventful season at the Wellington Convention Centre. We certainly hope you enjoy the up coming season and take advantage of the many unique performers visiting the Centre. Call Ticketek: +64 04 384 3840 for credit card bookings or visit Ticketek website to make an online booking

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  August  16/08/03-23/08/03

NEW ZEALAND YOUTH ARTS 2003

To showcase the very best of Arts from New Zealand Youth.

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24/08/03

IRISH ROVERS

The new millennium marked the 36th anniversary of the birth of the Irish Rovers. These international ambassadors of Irish music have charmed and entertained people around the world, and continue to delight audiences with their exciting stage shows. The Irish Rovers have never lost their timeless ability to deliver a rollicking, rousing performance of good cheer that will soon have you singing and clapping along.
The Irish Rovers continue to perform in theatres around the world, with original members George Millar, Joe Millar and Wilcil McDowell. Will Millar retired from the band in 1995; and sadly, Jimmy Ferguson passed away in 1997. Completing the Irish Rover line-up today is Kevin McKeown, who has been with the band since 1984, and John Reynolds and Wallace Hood, who both joined in 1995. Sean O’Driscoll, a multi-instrumentalist, accompanies the band on many of their tours, and plays on new Rover recordings.
The Irish Rovers are still passionate about performing and will continue to tour and entertain their legions of fans. Like the Unicorn, the Rovers are legendary and magical, and a good time is guaranteed for all

MICHAEL FOWLER CENTRE
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30/08/03

NZSO NATIONAL YOUTH ORCHESTRA

What a programme! The best of New Zealand’s young talent plays virtuosic, richly orchestrated Late Romantic music and has fun with Prokofiev.

Lutz Koehler conductor

WAGNER Tristan: Vorspiel und Liebestod
PROKOFIEV The Love of Three Oranges
MAHLER Blumine
MAHLER Symphony No.1

Michael Fowler Centre
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31/08/03

KEVIN BLOODY WILSON

Let loose live in the Outback!

Anyone who’s ever been to a Kev live show will appreciate the vibrancy and energy captured on Let Loose Live in the Outback with its non-stop crowd participation.

There’s one guarantee whenever someone unfamiliar with Kev’s material hears it for the first time – they will, at some point, be shocked, offended and most importantly, laughing as something tickles their fancy.

For further information checkout kevfm.com

WELLINGTON TOWN HALL
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  September  02/09/03

CHAMBER MUSIC NEW ZEALAND – EROICA PIANO TRIO

Chamber Music New Zealand is proud to present the Eroica Piano Trio from the United States. This dazzling trio has been wowing audiences with its passionate performances and technical mastery.

Programme:
BEETHOVEN Piano Trio in C minor Opus 1 No 3
MARTINU Five short pieces
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BRAHMS Piano Trio in B Opus 8
Beethoven as a young man establishing his reputation in Vienna, rhythm and polyphony in one of Martinu’s greatest chamber works, and a Brahms trio described as ‘wild’ by his colleague Clara Schumann.

Wellington Town Hall
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05/09/03

WELLINGTON SINFONIA

Soloist Simon Tedeschi (piano)
Conductor James Sedares
Mozart Symphony No 35 (Haffner)
Ravel Piano Concerto in G Major
Dorothy Buchanan Peace
De Falla Three Cornered Hat Suite

In this concert series we present the exciting young Australian pianist Simon Tedeschi performing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major. In 1998 Simon was named the Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year. Since then he has gone on to win numerous other prizes and piano scholarships in Australia and in the UK, where he is now studying. One of his many claims to fame is that he played the hands of the young David Helfgott in the film “Shine”.

De Falla’s exhilarating and colourful Three-Cornered Hat Suite, Mozart’s Symphony No 35 (Haffner) and Peace by Dorothy Buchanan are the other works in this concert.

WELLINGTON TOWN HALL
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07/09/03

JOE JACKSON BAND

The Frontier Touring Company are pleased to confirm that the original Joe Jackson Band is heading for Australia and New Zealand for the first – and last ever – time.

After two decades as a diverse, successful and Grammy Award-winning solo artist, Joe Jackson has reunited the band with whom he recorded his first three albums: Look Sharp, I’m The Man (both released in 1979) and Beat Crazy (1980). Fans have been treated to an impressive catalogue of past hits (Is She Really Going Out With Him, Stepping’ Out, Different for Girls etc), new material, and new arrangements of songs.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see a legendary band at the peak of their power.

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13/09/03

WORLD BLUES REVUE 2003

AMERICAN BLUES LEGENDS TO PERFORM IN NEW ZEALAND’S LARGEST BLUES REVUE

Legendary American musicians will be baring their souls and getting down to the rhythm in the country’s largest blues event, the World Blues Revue, which will tour nationwide during September. Now in its third year, the World Blues Revue 2003, will feature artists from both America and New Zealand who will entertain music lovers with a mix of blues, funk and soul.

The line-up of artists includes three Key performers from America:-
•Vocalist/guitarist Duke Robillard is truly “living the blues”.
•Vocalist/guitarist Chris Cain who will perform works from his latest CD release, ‘Cain Does King’, a tribute to the ‘kings’ of the blues, Albert, Freddie and BB King.
•Blues harmonica player and vocalist, Norton Buffalo, who has been a featured member of The Steve Miller Band for the past 27 years.
Also featuring is New Zealand’s very own Bullfrog Rata who, as vocalist, guitarist and harmonica player, tours the country with his own band.
The backing band will consist of The Renard Horns, who’ve been described as New Zealand’s hardest working horn section as well as four talented American musicians.

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14/09/03

THE ULTIMATE FREDDY MERCURY TRIBUTE CONCERT

Since winning TV’s “STARS IN THEIR EYES” Gary has been performing SELL OUT concerts throughout the U.K. and Europe. Gary polled more votes than any other performer in the history of the program.

He has been featured on two series of “Stars in their Eyes” and was the U.K entry on “Euro Stars in their Eyes”

In September Gary Mullen brings to the stages of New Zealand his own backing band from the UK to perform all the Freddie Mercury and Queen hits.

The show with stunning lighting and stage effects will recreate the Freddie Mercury and Queen era. All of the songs…. All of the hits…. Live!

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20/09/03-22/09/03

ARMAGEDDON PULP CULTURE EXPO

Armageddon Pulp Culture expo returns to Wellington with a bang on 20-22 September. This is your chance to meet the real Darth Vader and Chewbacca, also the voices of DragonballZ, Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh. Check out the special Lord of the Rings display, live wrestling, King Kapisi music concert, animation screenings, Microsoft, Playstation and much more! visit www.pulpexpo.com for the latest details.

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30/09/03

SIBERIAN COSSACKS

“Fantastic! Sensational! Thrilling!” – Washington Post

“Show that broke all barriers of dance” – London Daily Telegraph

Direct from a sell-out world tour comes the most spectacular Russian ensemble ever to tour Australia and New Zealand. With over 1 million dollars in costumes and 40 people on stage, The Siberian Cossacks present a show for the whole family.

From the thrilling sword dances, and large ornate horses, to the beauty and spectacle of the female’s breathtaking gowns and headdresses, this sensational ensemble rates alongside the Bolshoi Ballet as the most successful entertainment export ever to leave Russia.

Their stunning new production for 2003 with incredible scenery, new dances and breathtaking costumes will once again be a sellout.

MICHAEL FOWLER CENTRE
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  October  03/10/03

NZSO – COMPOSER FOCUS 3 – PROKOFIEV

Such delight, such colour, such vibrancy, such heart-rending beauty in ‘Romeo and Juliet’! Don’t miss this concert!

James Judd conductor
narrator tba
PROKOFIEVLieutenant Kijé Suite
Peter & The Wolf
Symphony No.1 Classical
Romeo & Juliet

Wellington Town Hall
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04/10/03-05/10/03

THE 2003 WELLINGTON DOLL & BEAR FESTIVAL

Featuring the 2003 Original Doll of the Year Awards.

Attractions include: displays of competition dolls and bears; demonstrations; workshops (bears); public vote sections; raffles; special exhibits; stallholders from throughout NZ offering dolls, bears, supplies, furniture, kitsets, clothes, antiques and collectables and much more.

Come and experience the enchanting world of dolls and bears.
Open to public 10am – 5pm.
Adults: $6.00, Children: $2.00, under 5 years: free.

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09/10/03

CHAMBER MUSIC – NEW ZEALAND STRING QUARTET WITH EDITH SALZMANN

Chamber Music New Zealand presents the always memorable New Zealand String Quartet, now in its 15th year, this tour will premiere a new work by Jack Body commissioned by Chamber Music New Zealand. They will be joined by one of the country¹s most eminent cellists, Edith Salzmann.

Programme:
DVORAK Andante Con Moto Opus 9 in E minor
LIGETI Quartet No 1
Jack BODY New Commission by CMNZ
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SCHUBERT Quintet in C Opus 163
A song without words from Dvorak’s abandoned quartet, Ligeti exploring ‘modern’ sounds from behind the Iron Curtain, a new offering from a colourful and eclectic New Zealand composer, and Schubert’s luscious quintet, written on his deathbed.

WELLINGTON TOWN HALL
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11/10/03

NZSO – GREAT ORCHESTRA

A great nineteenth century programme! A Mendelssohn symphony and Tchaikovsky-winner Barry Douglas in the Brahms big Second Piano Concerto.

Matthias Bamert conductor
Barry Douglas piano

DOUGLAS LILBURN PRIZE 2003 – Finalist
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No.3 Scottish
BRAHMS Piano Concerto No.2
Pre-concert talk

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15/10/03

WELLINGTON CONFERENCE EXPO 2003

The Wellington Convention Centre is pleased to be organising and hosting the Wellington Conference Expo for the third year.

Well established and popular event, this year’s Expo will be bigger and better than ever – and a must if you organise conferences and events. A new improved layout will lead delegates through a maze ensuring they get the opportunity to visit each booth.

Complimentary tea and coffee will be available throughout the venue. Then from 5pm to 7pm there will be complimentary wine and finger food and networking with exhibitors and other delegates.

For further details call Katherine on 04 801 4207 or email Katherine.dewhurst@wcc.govt.nz

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17/10/03

NZSO – GREAT CLASSICS

The translucence of Mozart and the colours of Messiaen – worlds apart and with Matthias Bamert and Moscow winner Barry Douglas, an exceptional evening of great music.

Matthias Bamert conductor
Barry Douglas piano
Cynthia Millar ondes martenot

MOZART Piano Concerto No.21
MESSIAEN Turangalîla Symphonie

Michael Fowler Centre
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24/10/03

HYPNOTIST PETER POWERS

SHOCKING! CONTRAVERSIAL! HILARIOUSLY PROVOCATIVE AND EROTICALLY FUNNY! WHERE KIWIS ARE THE STARS!
THERE ARE OTHER HYPNOTISTS AND THEN THERE IS PETER POWERS!

The 2003 show will be bigger, more provocative and controversial than before. The creator of the ‘Orgasmic Handshake’ and the ‘Great Willie Search’ will introduce many new and hotly hilarious elements for his unsuspecting victims to perform. With the tour coinciding with the early part of the Rugby World Cup a ‘special’ appearance of some of the ‘players’ onstage will add to the entertainment and the heightened visual content of the performance.

MICHAEL FOWLER CENTRE
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25/10/03-27/10/03

THE DOMINION POST FLORA! FLORA! 2003

New Zealand’s only 100% dedicate floral art and design exhibition and nationally recognised floral awards programme enters its second year.

A three day floral art and design competition and public exhibition, featuring the designs of New Zealand’s leading professional and amateur floral artists. The exhibition will be a combination of demonstrations in design and technique, the challenge of professional and amateur competition.

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  November  21/11/03

CHAMBER MUSIC NEW ZEALAND – QUATUOR MOSAIQUES

Chamber Music New Zealand presents this incredible quartet from Vienna. Formed from a collective love of the great Viennese composers, this amazing group, which performs on period instruments, is renowned for its poetic interpretations.

Programme:
HAYDN Quartet in G minor Opus 20 No 3
MOZART Quartet in C K456 ŒDissonance¹
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HAYDN Quartet in B Opus 76 No 4
Unusual twists of harmony from Mozart writing in imitation of Haydn, sandwiched between two pieces of the real thing: Haydn in a dramatic and fiery mood, and in a tender but lively mood with a beautiful sustained opening.

WELLINGTON TOWN HALL
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If you are stuck for ideas on how to entertain your clients, don’t forget the Wellington Convention Centre has numerous function rooms perfect for corporate entertaining. Many of the concerts listed in this issue of Forte are ideal to link with your event. If you would like more information, please call Events Team on 04-801 4242.

 

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