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Lunchtime Concert: Gypsy Jazz with Connor Hartley-Hall


An exciting and diverse selection of music from the Gypsy Jazz Repertoire, including swing, bossa, ballads, waltzes and well known jazz standards. Connor provides his own accompaniment using a looping pedal. This will be an entertaining performance not to be missed.

Guitarist Connor Hartley-Hall grew up in Akaroa. As a teenager he found a passion for improvisation and over the last ten years has been performing in a myriad of settings. His love for the guitar eventually led him to the Gypsy Jazz style played by legends such as Django Reinhardt and Bireli Lagrene.
He has since himself a name as one of the top guitarists in the country performing this style of music.

Date: October 8

Time: 1:00pm – 1:45pm

Tickets: Admission $15, NCMA Staff and Students $5

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Tales of the 20s – Chamber Music NZ

The roaring ’20s were wild and carefree – a time of dramatic social change that also marked the beginning of the modern music era… filled with risk and adventure.

Jazz, aeroplanes, skyscrapers and the invention of the radio were exciting new developments from an extravagant decade and were certainly reflected in the innovative compositions of that time.

In the shadow of the first world war Vaughan Williams weaved folk songs that sang of a past time; Stalin was tightening his grip on Shostakovich’s Russia as the young composer penned his dramatic first piano trio; and in Paris, the mood was for dance – whether it was the Ballets Russes that so enchanted Stravinsky or the wild evenings that made their way into Martinů’s rollicking take on the tango and Charleston!

This September and October, the chamber music of a bygone era is brought to life by six outstanding performers from the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Led by concertmaster Andrew Beer, and playing alongside powerhouse of the piano, Sarah Watkins; prepare for an evening of music bursting with novelty, modernity, and a break with tradition – full of the spirit from a decade rich with contrast.

Date: October 11

Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Tickets: $10 – $43 (+ service fees)


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