Tauranga Musica 2017 Concert Series

“Where words fail - music speaks” — Hans Christian Anderson

Our aims

  • To increase the awareness of classical music in the Western Bay of Plenty and Tauranga.
  • To provide a venue for audience participation, by promoting quality music of a high standard.
  • To include in the repertoire a comprehensive range of composers and compositions, and create a medium for innovative music in selected venues.

Membership Subscription

By paying an annual membership fee of $30 per person, you are entitled to:

  • Purchase the subscription series of 6 concerts, at a cost per ticket of $20 (an overall saving of $42) if purchased together with your annual membership fee.
    Tickets unable to be used for a particular concert can be exchanged for another concert or concerts in the 2017 series.
  • Purchase additional member's tickets at $25 per ticket at the door.
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Tauranga Musica's next concert:

Wilma and Friends
Sunday 8th October, 4.00pm at Graham Young Youth Theatre, Tauranga Boys College map »
Alexandra Partridge (Cello), Andrew Leathwick (Piano), Wilma Smith (Violin), Caroline Henbest (Viola)

The Jac, one of the most exciting music ensembles to come to Tauranga, combines all I love about jazz.

Playing at the Graham Young Youth Theatre on Sunday night, they were New York, they were Ronnie Scott's jazz club in London's Soho, chamber music, a bit of big band, pure flowing art, and essentially kiwi.

If you could close your eyes and see a herd of deer running along a mountainside, weaving in and out of each other, this is what their music is like, for me.

Leaping streams and hollows, merging as one then flowing off into twos and threes, over hillocks and around boulders, its many voices and it's one voice. Blending and diverting, streaming and syncopated.

The Jac is an eight-piece ensemble featuring some of New Zealand's foremost musicians.

Members of the group include Matthew Allison, associate principal trombonist in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and Shaun Anderson, drummer for prominent metal bands Saving Grace and Depths.

Completing the line-up are Alexis French, ex Black Seeds and leader of the Richter City Rebels, on trumpet; Nick Tipping, bass; Chris Buckland, tenor saxophone; Daniel Millward on piano; Callum Allardice, guitarist and Jake Baxendale, one of Wellington's most respected composers.

Their programme of exciting originals was derived from two of their albums plus a new piece not yet recorded.

Sons of Thunder, Andalucia, and Anomoly came from their award-winning album 'The Green Hour'.

Thieves in the night, Major major major in A minor, and Marik are from their album Nerve. And they treated us to a new composition called Velvet Dreams.

The Jac are on a NZ-wide tour from Warkworth to Invercargill as part of Chamber Music New Zealand's Encompass regional tour.

— 9th May 2017, by Rosalie Liddle Crawford.