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Music in Wellington

Home to major music institutions like the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Wellington's calendar of good times is filled with a range of concerts to please the ears of all music-lovers.

A Symphonic Night at the Movies


Watch two Hitchcock classics - Vertigo and Psycho (26 Nov) - as the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra plays their iconic soundtracks live. Having worked closely with Hitchcock, the immensley talented composer Bernard Hermann scored the music for many of the director’s greatest films, creating some of the best movie soundtracks ever composed. This will truly be a night not to be missed. 

NZ Opera presents: Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd

One of the most powerful, dramatic and theatrical horror tales ever set to music, Sweeney Todd (30 Sep - 5 Oct) tells the story of the demon barber of Fleet Street.  Directed by NZ Opera's, Stuart Maunder, and conducted by Benjamin Northey, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, this production has been hailed as a "superb union of technical, musical and artistic balance".

Wellington Jazz Festival

Wellington Jazz Festival Cuba Street 2015 credit Clarissa Mattos

Jazz aficionados can enjoy mid-winter musical magic at the Wellington Jazz Festival (7-11 Jun 2017)From the cool and soulful to the downright riotous, catch global jazz stars alongside the best of New Zealand’s vibrant jazz scene. In 2015, there were over 100 gigs in five days!

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

NZSO Credit MattGrace

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra's home base is right here in Wellington. We reckon they’re one of the coolest orchestras around, because they believe that the power and emotion of orchestral music is for everyone. Be transported by romance, drama and tragedy with their 2016 season.

Michael Fowler Centre

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Award-winning architecture and world-class acoustics make the Michael Fowler Centre a venue of choice for most of our musical extravaganzas. Take a browse of our upcoming concerts at the MFC and get ready to feel bathed in glorious sound. 

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