Concerts 2016


Concert #3 Galant Delights


Saturday 5 November 7:30pm & Sunday 6 November 2pm, St Luke’s Church, Remuera, Auckland

Join NZ Barok and dynamic soloist Rachael Beesley on a journey through some of the baroque’s lesser known composers. Gorgeous foot-tapping chaconnes by Brescianello and de Lalande will carry you away. Be fascinated by the intricate harmonies of Dutch composer van Wassenaer writing in 7 parts. Be wowed by a rarely heard violin concerto by Sammartini and laugh at a humorous set of variations on Rameau’s famous theme ‘Les Sauvages’ by violinist and pedagogue Corrette. Don’t miss this collection of rarely heard gems from the baroque!

NZ Barok wishes to thank Auckland Council, The Lion Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, Four Winds Foundation, Athena Charitable Trust, Dame Jenny Gibbs, and The Gift Trust for their support.

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Concert # 1 Music for Frederick the Great


Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1 May

Be transported! Join us and witness extraordinary performers Lara Hall and Sally Tibbles breathe life into rarely heard master works by the composers Benda, Graun, Pisendel and Quantz. Bubbling, fiery and unexpected, the music from the court of Frederick the Great will transport you to the palace of Sansoussi and the ideals of the enlightenment. Sparkling, stylish, refreshing and inspiring, CPE Bach’s Symphony in G skyrockets the listener into Rococo decadence.

NZ Barok wishes to thank Auckland Council, The Lion Foundation, Foundation North and Pub Charity for their support.

Concert #2 Cello Charms


Friday August 5 7:30pm St Andrews on the Terrace, Wellington
Saturday 6 August 7:30pm & Sunday 7 August 2pm, St Luke’s Church, Remuera, Auckland

Internationally acclaimed baroque cellist Daniel Yeadon joins us from the UK/Australia to perform Haydn’s much loved masterpiece the Cello Concerto in C major. Experience the rich, articulate and joyful sound of the cello played as Haydn would have known it using gut strings and historical bow. In addition, enjoy Mozart’s effervescent and uplifting Divertimento in F alongside works by the talented brothers CPE and WF Bach.

NZ Barok wishes to thank Auckland Council, The Lion Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, Four Winds Foundation, Athena Trust and The Gift Trust and Dame Jenny Gibbs for their support.

Handel’s Oreste


Saturday August 20 7.30pm, Sunday August 21 5.30pm

NZ’s freshest young opera talent performs alongside veterans of the stage to present a fiery tale of sacrifice, danger, and triumph.

First performed in 1734 at the Covent Garden Theatre, Handel’s rarely performed baroque opera is a tightly woven exploration of love and lust; a desperate search for sanity in a world built on fear; a bitter struggle between destiny and desire.

Magically saved from sacrifice at her own father’s knife, Iphigenia is bound to serve the goddess Diana on the island of Tauris under the tyrannical rule of a king living in fear. As the blood of all strangers must be cast over the island’s altar, fate brings Orestes, Iphigenia’s estranged brother, to its shores.

Hear Handel’s “Oreste” performed in a semi-staged production by the combined forces of the Auckland Opera Studio and NZ Barok orchestra.

The instrumentalists of NZ Barok, New Zealand’s own original instrument baroque orchestra take to the stage of the Mercury Theatre alongside the vocal soloists to bring Handel’s score to life. Recitatives will be sung in English and arias in Italian.


New Zealands Baroque Orchestra