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23th July 2024, 6PM – Amici Ensemble
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The Waikanae Music Society was formed after a public meeting late in 1977 and opened its first season with a concert by the Wellington Baroque Ensemble on 23 April 1978. In December 1978 it was registered as an Incorporated Society. The society has grown from strength to strength over the years and is highly respected in the New Zealand musical community as one of the country’s most successful societies outside of the main cities. Since its early years it has been an Associate Society of Chamber Music New Zealand, and has presented concerts by an array of New Zealand’s finest musicians, the New Zealand String Quartet, and increasingly, by acclaimed international artists. Each season has a series of 8 concerts, mainly held in the Waikanae Memorial Hall where the average attendance in recent years is about 300.

Upcoming Events

Várjon & Simon | Piano Solo and Duo

Sunday 11 February. A fascinating programme: Beethoven, Liszt, Bartok, Mahler

Michael Houstoun | Piano

Michael brings us another sizzling programme. Bach Fantasy and Fugue in G minor, transcr. Liszt. Liszt, Gao Ping, Chopin

Amici Ensemble | String Quintets

Regular favourites the Amici Ensemble bring us a concert for strings. Fresh works, and two of the greatest string quintets ever written

Aroha | String Trio

Sunday 26 February. Serenade

Armstrong, Jacobs, Liu Trio

| Piano, horn and violin

Sunday 26 March. Two of our favourite musicians, Donald Armstrong and Jian Liu, return in a new ensemble featuring the French horn and showcasing the considerable talents of young horn player Sam Jacobs.

Les Voisins | String Trio

Sunday 30 April. This concert takes us on an intriguing journey through French music from the court of Louis XIV to the 1930s jazz world of the Hot Club de France.  It offers a rare opportunity to see and hear the theorbo, a Baroque plucked instrument of the lute family, which has an extended neck with very long deep bass strings. 

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Becoming a member is easy and affordable. Simply visit our website and sign up for a membership plan that suits you. You can choose from a monthly or yearly subscription, with prices starting from just $5 per month.