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The School of Music Festival is a fourteen-day celebration of music at the University of Auckland. The Festival will showcase the School’s diverse musical life and give an insight in the day-to-day life of students and staff. The School of Music’s philosophy behind events is to provide a wide range of opportunities for our students to perform as an integral part of their study. We bring local and international music professionals and students together and are pleased to present their passion through these events.

 

School of Music Festival Event as iCalendar

(Creative Events, Music)

18 September 2017 - 01 October 2017

Venue: Various

Location: Various

Host: School of Music

Cost: Various

Contact email: creative@auckland.ac.nz

Website: School of Music Festival

School of Music
School of Music 2017

Monday 18 September, 7-8pm

EXPERIENCE: APO Big Play In

Auckland Town Hall
303 Queen Street, Auckland Central
Entrance via Aotea Square public entrance only

Free admission. Register here.

The Big Play In is one of the most popular events of the Inspire Partnership Programme – Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra's unique partnership with the School of Music, dedicated to nurturing talent in aspiring young musicians. Successful student entrants from the School of Music, players from Auckland Youth Orchestra, and advanced secondary school music students will be paired one-on-one with APO musicians, for the ultimate mentoring experience, during which they will receive valuable feedback from their partner APO musician and direction from conductor Toby Thatcher. The intensive closed-doors workshop concludes with a proud performance to friends and families of Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique.

Thursday 21 September, 7.30pm

SCREENING: Movie screening | Composed

Music Theatre, School of Music
6 Symonds Street, Auckland Central

Free admission. Register here.

Pertinent for performers and anyone with an interest in the complexities of anxiety, this documentary, directed by John Beder, explores ways in which performance anxiety can be both experienced and addressed. Providing a profoundly moving exploration into the very real fears of failure and judgement felt by many a performer and average person, Composed opens authentic and compelling conversations concerning the omnipresence of an often debilitating struggle; a valuable resource which will resonate with many.

 “Everyone who entered the hall to attend the screening – whether seasoned performers, students or arts managers – left as different person.” (Andrew Bennett of Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.)

Friday 22 September, 1-3.30pm

COMPOSE: APO Our Voice | Composition Workshop

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Hall
427 Dominion Road, Mt Eden, Auckland

Free admission. Register here.

In collaboration with the APO through the Inspire Partnership Programme, this event provides young composers with a fantastic opportunity to workshop, perform and record their music with the APO.

In this workshop, three composition students from the School of Music together with the winner and runner-up of the APO Secondary Schools Composition Competition, will have their orchestral works rehearsed and recorded by the full APO, conducted by Hamish McKeich.

This event is part of our Masterclasses // Workshops series.

Friday 22 September, 7.30pm
Saturday 23 September, 7.30pm
Sunday 24 September, 2.30pm

OPERA: Opera Scenes

Music Theatre, School of Music
6 Symonds Street, Auckland Central

Tickets $15/$20 here.

One of the year’s musical highlights, Opera Scenes prevails in its capacity to captivate and delight audiences. A vocal feast previewing the future of New Zealand opera with resounding performances from the School’s talented voice students, this year’s programme comprises portrayals of Maurice Ravel’s fantastical fairy tale, L’enfant et les sortilèges, telling of a naughty child taken to task by furniture and homework as they take shape and come to life, plus Samuel Barber’s micro-opera A Hand of Bridge which centres on the unfulfilled desires of two frustrated couples as they engage in their customary game of bridge.

These operatic miniatures are brilliant, diverting pieces, perfect for both opera amateurs and aspirants alike.

View the full programme, cast and crew here.

Monday 25 September, 7.30pm

JAZZ: DOG – Jazz Staff Concert

Studio One, Kenneth Myers Centre
74 Shortland Street, Auckland Central

Tickets $15/$20 here.

The School of Music’s own jazz performance team, staff ensemble DOG is unleashed to present an evening of standards and original works, ensured to entertain both the jazz connoisseur and the jazz-curious!

This collective unit consisting of Roger Manins, Kevin Field, Olivier Holland, and Ron Samsom, will perform a selection of new material in preparation for their upcoming release, and some favourites from the award winning 2014 cd, DOG. Jazz junkies of all generations are encouraged to attend this uplifting event, for a tail-wagging experience, socialisation skills, rewards for good behaviour, best-dressed dog contest, and of course some seriously great jazz!

This event is part of our Staff Recital series.

Tuesday 26 September, 7.30pm

PERFORMANCE: A School of Music Carnival

Music Theatre, School of Music
6 Symonds Street, Auckland Central

Free admission. Register here.

This popular event opens with a varied programme of performances by School of Music students from our jazz, songwriting, choral and classical performance disciplines, presenting the audience with a snapshot of life at the school, before being beguiled into the night by an accomplished and playful staff performance of Saint-Saëns's humorous suite of fourteen movements, The Carnival of the Animals (Le carnaval des animaux). Originally written as a joke, Saint-Saëns ensured his ‘grand zoological fantasy’ be published posthumously in order to avoid tarnishing his otherwise ‘serious’ image!

Wednesday 27 September, 5-7pm

PRESENTATION: Fermata | Doctoral students

Music Theatre, School of Music
6 Symonds Street, Auckland Central

Free admission. Register here.

Former Drake Medal awardee, Michael Weiss, will discuss the depth of dependence on galant schemata by Victorian composers as he presents from his dissertation, 'Representing music through music: galant schemata as musical stereotypes in the 19th century'.

Meanwhile, final-year doctoral candidate Samuel Girling will discuss his thesis, 'From the drawing room to the ballroom: the tambourine’s contribution to music and dance in English country houses during the early 19th century', as he considers the emergence and decline of unconventional percussion repertoire during the Victorian era.

This event is part of our Fermata series.

Wednesday 27 September, 7.30-9.30pm

MASTERCLASS: APO Inspire | David Fray Piano Masterclass

Music Theatre, School of Music
6 Symonds Street, Auckland Central

Free admission. Register here.

APO's international visiting artist, the distinguished David Fray, leads an up-close and illuminative piano masterclass, sharing his expertise, passion and advice with fellow piano enthusiasts.

The acclaimed French pianist who began learning piano at just four years old, received both the Second Grand Prize and the Prize for the best interpretation of a Canadian work at the 2004 Montreal International Music Competition, and was named Newcomer of the Year in 2008 by the BBC Music Magazine. Maintaining an active international career as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician, David offers invaluable experience and proficiency as an industry professional, which is sure to be reflected in this highly anticipated masterclass.  

This event is part of our Masterclasses // Workshops series.

Thursday 28 September, 7.30pm

COMPETITION: Anna Nathan Early Music Prize Concert

Music Theatre, School of Music
6 Symonds Street, Auckland Central

Free admission. Register here.

The School of Music is home to one of the finest collections of early keyboard instruments in the Southern Hemisphere, offering students throughout New Zealand the wonderful opportunity to extend their musical understanding of major repertory, and an unrivalled early music experience. 

Established in 2016 to spark students' interest in the study of early music, this annual prize concert will showcase students performing early music works as they compete for prizes sponsored by Anna Nathan, a long-standing supporter and donor of the University and the School of Music. This is a great opportunity to enjoy tomorrow's musicians trying their hands at yesterday's musical methods.

This event is part of our Prize Concerts series.

Friday 29 September, 1-2pm

CHAMBER: SOMSA presents Lunchtime Concerts

Music Theatre, School of Music
6 Symonds Street, Auckland Central

Free admission. Registrations not required.

Prepared, produced and performed by students, the School of Music Students’ Association (SOMSA) proudly presents regular lunchtime concerts showcasing our talented performance students as they take to the stage, and at the same time earning valuable industry management experience.

Escape from the usual Auckland lunchtime rush and enjoy emerging young musicians raising the roof of the Music Theatre!

This event is part of our Lunchtime Concerts series.

Friday 29 September, 2.30-5pm

WORKSHOP: APO Inspire | Ensembles Session

Music Theatre, School of Music
6 Symonds Street, Auckland Central

Free admission. Register here.

Partnering once more with our friends at the APO, this session sees selected School of Music students experience a further opportunity to work with the orchestra, providing them with exposure and insight into compositional techniques for both string and wind ensembles.

Students will be workshopping their new pieces for assorted instrumentations as they take advantage of the supportive and encouraging environment, and as the afternoon unfolds, as too will the development of our young composers and their pieces.

This event is part of our Masterclasses // Workshops series.

Friday 29 September, 7.30pm

RECITAL: New Staff Recital | Andrew Beer & Dr Sarah Watkins

Music Theatre, School of Music
6 Symonds Street, Auckland Central

Tickets $15/$20 here.

We are delighted to be hosting a celebration concert for new staff member, and recently appointed concertmaster of the APO, Andrew Beer, as we officially welcome him to the School of Music.

Canadian violinist Andrew joins popular New Zealand pianist Dr Sarah Watkins, founding member of the acclaimed NZTrio, as they perform an inspiring programme from J.S. Bach to Leonie Holmes. With Andrew described as a ‘virtuoso soloist’ and Sarah a ‘national treasure’, both loved by audiences and unanimously praised by the press, this highly-anticipated recital promises to be quite the occasion!

This event is part of our Staff Recital series.

Sunday 1 October, 5pm

TOGETHER: Ensembles Marathon

Music Theatre, School of Music
6 Symonds Street, Auckland Central

Free admission. Register here.

Always a popular event, this concert of ensembles sees first year up to postgraduate level students and staff collectively collaborating in celebration of their achievements. To facilitate the festival’s conclusion, the concert will feature the School’s talented classical performance flute and cello students (Magic Flutes NZ and the University cello ensemble), led by Professor Uwe Grodd and Senior Lecturer Edith Salzman, performing a collection of works exhibiting a unique energy, which have been prepared throughout the year.

A significantly positive ending to an inspiring, enchanting, and musically feel-good festival!

This event is part of our School of Music Ensembles series.