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Take a classic break on Cuba St for the Mid-Winter Music Festival

Classical on Cuba will take place next weekend in Wellington. Here are just a few of the many events on offer. Tickets range from $8 to $20 and are available at classicaloncuba.co.nz

Saturday July 23

JR Ballantyne Presents “We Kiss In The Shadows”

Bedlam & Squalor, 8:30 p.m.

Tribute to the late, West End great Steven Sondheim and vice versa, JR Ballantyne brings special Broadway numbers from his musical hero Stephen Sondheim.

The whistles

Thistle Hall and Rogue & Vagabond, 2:45 p.m., 4 p.m., 5:15 p.m.

Dear reader, we are pleased to invite you to a long-awaited session of classic Bridgerton-esque Cuba 2022. “The Whistledowns” dress their best (as you should) to bring string quartet hits from the popular television broadcast and folk music of the regency era.

Tinder Dating in Pōneke, Drag x Classical Crossover

Eva Beva, 7 p.m.

We all know the trials and tribulations of internet dating in Pōneke, listen now to your lived experience hosted by Drag King Eddie D’Amore, backed by the Iris saxophone quartet.

What the Pluck?  Hamish Goodhue, Bruno Guedea, Finn Perring and Chris Everest love to combine their diverse backgrounds and smash classic bangers ranging from Bach to Balkan folksongs.

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What the Pluck? Hamish Goodhue, Bruno Guedea, Finn Perring and Chris Everest love to combine their diverse backgrounds and smash classic bangers ranging from Bach to Balkan folksongs.

The New Cuba Street Suite

City Gallery Adam Auditorium, 5:45 p.m., 7 p.m., 8:15 p.m.

Five local composers – Lucien Johnson, Salina Fisher, Arjuna Oakes, Umar Zakaria and Jess Deacon, mentored by composer John Psathas – bring the poetry and lyrics of local authors to life.

Enharmonic Duo

Bedlam & Squalor, 12:45 p.m., 2 p.m.

Experience the scintillating sounds of celestial adventure with 20 fingers on 1 piano. Duo Enharmonics joins Classical on Cuba 2022 to take you on a space odyssey. Get in the mood for ethereal beauty, rock through space with catchy tunes, and celebrate life with an electrifying dance.

Hi Becky

Whistling Sisters and Thistle Hall, 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m.

Dance/Music Duo Hey Becky brings original music, lyrics and dance with all the music and choreography created by duo members Jake Church and Anita Hitchins.

Jack Hooker

Whistling Sisters, 1:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m.

Jack Hooker is set to perform original works, which draw on a number of folk and contemporary traditions from around the world, on the steel-string acoustic guitar.

Gemini Quintet

Snape & Vagabond, 1:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m.

Ensemble members Leah, Ellen, Lauren, Hayden and Emily love music of all styles, genres and cultural backgrounds, and enjoy bringing the music they love to life with the people they love.

AO

City Gallery Adam Auditorium, 12:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m.

With Jerome Kavanagh Poutama, Salina Fisher and Neil MacLeod, Ao formed in 2021 for the Pūoro Tū festival. Expect improvised performances combining taonga pūoro (from Aotearoa), koto (from Japan), violin and modern musical technology as musicians explore and celebrate their ancestral connections.

Hiwa

Thistle Hall, 4 p.m., 5:15 p.m.

Hiwa Performance Creative strives to create high-level Maori performance pieces, which incorporate a balance of traditional and contemporary elements.

what is courage

Hanging Ditch and Bedlam & Squalor, 3:15 p.m., 5:45 p.m., 7 p.m.

What the Pluck? – Hamish Goodhue, Bruno Guedea, Finn Perring and Chris Everest – love to combine their diverse backgrounds and smash classic bangers ranging from Bach to Balkan folksongs.

Wellington singer Ella Dunbar-Wilcox celebrates Ella Fitzgerald's legacy with haunting ballads penned by Duke Ellington to uptempo swing numbers by Cole Porter.

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Wellington singer Ella Dunbar-Wilcox celebrates Ella Fitzgerald’s legacy with haunting ballads penned by Duke Ellington to uptempo swing numbers by Cole Porter.

Hip Hop x Strings

Snape & Vagabond, 10:30 p.m.

Once you’ve finished your classic exploration, head to the Rogue for the latest (and biggest) session of the festival – featuring heavy hitters from Wellington’s concert scene.

Duo Paterson & Glapska

Bedlam & Squalor, Saturday & Sunday, 5:45 p.m.

Barbie and Gabi present music that embodies their experience as outsiders living a colorful musical life in Aotearoa. Sit back and share songs from their home country – selections from towering Polish composer Karol Szymanowski and contemporary American composer Edie Hill.

decode

St James Theater Foyer, Saturday and Sunday, 11.30am

Step back in time with Decodance, a special collaboration between Australian choreographer Chrissie Parrott, local dancers and musicians. Each dancer will be dressed in full-scale theatrical costumes for a unique performance that celebrates the otherworldly nature of the Baroque era.

Sunday July 24

animal carnival

Thistle Hall and Southern Cross Garden Bar, 12:30 p.m., 1:45 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Take a musical journey through the zoo with Orchestra Wellington’s Carnival of Animals. This beloved colorful piece will hit Cuba Street for kids young and old to enjoy.

Arohanui Strings

Thistle Hall, 3 p.m., 4:15 p.m.

Arohanui Strings is a music education program whose mission is to empower families, communities, and individuals through the joys and challenges that come with creating and sharing music. This year, Arohanui will bring a variety of music to Cuba St.

Long Cloud Youth Theater x Pōneke Classical Sessions

Meow, 1:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 4 p.m.

Long Cloud Youth Theater and Pōneke Classical Sessions are thrilled to present a whirlwind, lively and spicy session for your classical exploration. Hear the voices of Generation Z like you’ve never heard them before in a mix of poetry and classical music.

Manawa

Snape & Vagabond, 2:45 p.m., 4 p.m.

Presenting the next step in the musical journey of taonga pūoro performer and composer Rob Thorne (Ngāti Tumutumu/Tainui), Manawa is a brand new old school Maori kaupapa trio consisting of taonga pūoro, electric bass and drums, guitar and te reo Maori.

Ella sings Ella (with strings)

Snape & Vagabond, 5:15 p.m.

Wellington singer Ella Dunbar-Wilcox celebrates Ella Fitzgerald’s legacy with haunting ballads penned by Duke Ellington to uptempo swing numbers by Cole Porter. These classics have been given new arrangements by Wellington bassist/songwriter Seth Boy.

Tumeke

Naumi Hotel, Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant, 1:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m.

Immerse yourself in a journey that includes classic Hungarian folk music, famous Kiwi-ana hits and iconic Queen ballads. Tumeke includes musicians, Elena (violin), Pascale Parenteau (violin) Konstanze Artmann (viola) Brenton Veitch (cello) and Tim Whitta (drums).