Friends of Pātaka Welcome all to Winter Music Series

11 August: Sunset Special.
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The Friends of Pātaka Winter Music Series, a beloved annual event in Porirua, is set to return for its 19th year. This series, known for bringing world-class music to the local community, aims to provide a unique, free winter event that attracts attendees from all over Wellington. The series not only highlights renowned musicians but also showcases emerging local talent, offering a diverse range of musical performances.

The 2024 Winter Music Series will take place in the Helen Smith Room at Pātaka, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm on four consecutive Sundays. The lineup promises a blend of classical, indie folk, choral, and contemporary music, ensuring there is something for everyone.

Sunday, 21 July: The Zephyr Flute Quartet

Kicking off the series on 21 July is The Zephyr Flute Quartet, featuring Barbara Hill on flute, Anne Loeser on violin, Victoria Jaenecke on viola, and Jane Young on cello. These accomplished international musicians, who have performed with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) and various overseas orchestras, will present a programme of music by Mozart, Rossini, and Gordon Jacob. Attendees can look forward to an afternoon of sublime classical music.

Sunday, 28 July: Even the Lost

On 28 July, the indie folk band Even the Lost will take the stage. Hailing from Wellington, this band draws inspiration from 90s folk, rock, and pop. Their music combines electric and acoustic sounds to create a warm backdrop for their heartfelt songs about love, loss, mistakes, and misadventure. This performance promises to be a nostalgic and emotive experience.

Sunday, 4 August: Wellington Male Voice Choir

The Wellington Male Voice Choir, under the direction of Music Maestro Mark Stamper, will perform on 4 August. Their repertoire will take the audience on a musical journey through the United Kingdom and New Zealand, showcasing distinctive vocal tones, rhythms, and themes. This performance will be a delightful exploration of local and international choral traditions.

Sunday, 11 August: Sunset Special

Closing the series on 11 August is Sunset Special, a group of talented young musicians from Porirua College. Having been jamming together for two years, they play a diverse range of music, from RnB and rock to blues, reggae, and Polynesian music. Their energetic performance is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, highlighting the vibrant talent emerging from Porirua.

The Friends of Pātaka Winter Music Series continues to fulfill its mission of bringing exceptional music to Porirua, making it accessible to those who might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience such performances. This year’s series not only offers high-quality entertainment but also encourages more people to discover the special and interesting place that Pātaka is.

Whether you’re a long-time attendee or a newcomer, the 2024 Winter Music Series promises to be an enriching cultural experience, celebrating both local and international musical talents. Mark your calendars and join the community for these unforgettable Sunday afternoons.