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Sun, 19 May


Waikawa Marae

NZSQ Encounters at Waikawa Marae

Get up close and personal with us this May at one of our free, whānau-friendly concerts.

NZSQ Encounters at Waikawa Marae
NZSQ Encounters at Waikawa Marae

Time & Location

19 May 2024, 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Waikawa Marae, 210 Waikawa Road, Waikawa 7220, New Zealand

About the event

This event is completely free and there's no need to register ahead of time. Just show up on the day!

Join us for an exciting opportunity to get up close and personal with some of Aotearoa's finest classical musicians. The New Zealand String Quartet - Te Rōpū Tūrū O Aotearoa - is visiting Waikawa Marae on Sunday 19 May at 12:30pm with NZSQ Encounters: a free, whānau-friendly performance of music you may never have heard before. This is an opportunity to learn more about the NZSQ musicians, the whakapapa of their instruments, their long history of collaborating with taonga pūoro, and hear an array of chamber music, including a piece that was inspired by birdsong in the Marlborough Sounds. 

Arrive at 12.30pm and bring a picnic for lunch. The NZSQ will perform from 1.00pm - 2.00pm and there's an opportunity to meet the artists afterwards. This is a relaxed concert for all the whānau to enjoy. We look forward to seeing you there!

The New Zealand String Quartet is a charitable trust and we can't do what we do without the generous support of our donors. Please consider making a donation on the day of the concert to help us reach more communities like yours. Or, donate online here.

Chamber music is a genre of classical music characterized by its intimate setting and smaller groups of performers. The most common chamber music group is a string quartet, made up of two violins, one viola and one cello. Unlike a large orchestra, chamber music and string quartets allow for a deep connection between the performers and audiences.

The New Zealand String Quartet is working with other community spaces around New Zealand to create a relaxed and welcoming space for audiences of all ages to explore classical music. Learn about centuries-old instruments, discover music from the past and present, including music from young New Zealand composers, and ask questions about the life of a classical musician. 

If you've never been to a chamber music concert before, or want to introduce the art form to your whānau and friends, NZSQ Encounters is the perfect place to start. Get up close and personal with the NZSQ, and delve into the magical world of chamber music.

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