Sing, Sing, Sing! - Supertonic returns for choral celebration of the Swing era!
Supertonic is excited to return to the stage for its first concert of 2023, Sing, Sing, Sing! - an unabashed full-throttle choral celebration of the Big Band era of music. The 56-strong choir, known for crisscrossing the full gambit of musical genres, will be joined by an extraordinary jazz ensemble of rhythm, sax and brass for a one night only show on Saturday 27 May.
Swing emerged in a hellish moment in world history, bookended by two World Wars and peaking in popularity during the Great Depression. It’s unsurprising that the escapism of this rambunctious, rhythmic and soulful style of music took the world by storm. Sing, Sing, Sing! will include music from some of the true superstars of the era: Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey and many others.
Concertgoers will get to experience the full spectrum of Swing, from sentimental ballads like Summertime, Autumn Leaves and Stardust, to American dancehall standards including Lady is a Tramp, It Don’t Mean a Thing, and of course In The Mood!
Join Supertonic, music director Isaac Stone, and musicians from the New Zealand School of Music for this show-stopping choral spectacular that’ll have you jitterbugging all the way home.
Sing, Sing, Sing!
Performed by Supertonic
Venue: Queen Margaret College Hall, Thorndon
Time: 7:30pm, Saturday 27 May 2023
Tickets available from www.supertonic.org.nz from Thursday 27 April.
Supertonic is thrilled to announce its second concert for 2022. With the uplifting Gloria in D Major by Antonio Vivaldi as the opener followed by a feast of feel-good choral works, Joy will send you dancing into spring with a collection of choral arrangements overflowing with festive cheer. Divided into 12 brief movements, the well-known Gloria is a joyful hymn of praise and worship that takes the listener on a journey of rejoicing to profound sadness and back again. Its distinctive opening chorus will be familiar to many, leading into a mixture of gorgeous soprano solos and duets, still and solemn movements and Vivaldi’s masterful instrumental countermelodies that feature throughout. Rich and rewarding, the Gloria is as enjoyable to sing as it is to experience in the audience.
Supertonic is delighted to announce its first concert for 2022: North. Join us on Saturday 18 June at Samuel Marsden Collegiate Auditorium for an evening of music celebrating the joy of finding yourself, finding your way and moving forward. We’re also thrilled to welcome a new music director for 2022: Virginie Pacheco.
Rest: Fauré’s Requiem and Songs of Remembrance will take place in the magnificent Wellington Cathedral of St Paul. Under the direction of Isaac Stone, Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem in D Minor will feature the brilliant voices of guest soloists Nicola Holt and William McElwee.
The audience will be treated to the 1893, seven-movement version of Fauré’s Requiem, accompanied by a moving array of works from across the globe to complement Fauré’s beloved choral lament. Written in 1887, the ‘first’ version of the Requiem, the only one for which any manuscripts survive, consisted of five movements. Fauré wrote the Requiem from a personal selection of texts, laying emphasis on motifs of rest and peace. A masterpiece written in Fauré’s ecclesiastical style, the Requiem was written to be appreciated with ease, described by Fauré himself as a "lullaby" and "happy deliverance".
This concert will explore the theme of remembrance through a collection of pieces including Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing by Herbert Howells, written to honour the memory of J.F. Kennedy; Y Comienzo a Bailar, a poem about Dia de los Muertos (Day
of the Dead) by Elizabeth Alexander and Indodana, a traditional South African song arranged by Michael Barrett and Ralf Schmit.
Supertonic is a 64-strong SATB Wellington choir that takes pride in presenting a variety of contrasting musical styles. This concert is our opportunity to perform an ambitious arrangement of classical music supported by the rich acoustic of Wellington Cathedral.
Whether this is your first or fiftieth time enjoying Fauré’s Requiem, this evening of traditional choral entertainment will be sure to satisfy your musical fascination.
Supertonic presents Rest - Fauré’s Requiem and Songs of Remembrance
7:30pm, Saturday 19 June 2021
Wellington Cathedral of St Paul
Tickets available from supertonic.org.nz from Friday 14 May.
Merry Christmas, Ya Filthy Animal
Classic Christmas movie favourites and sing-along carols.
Performed by Supertonic
Ground Floor, Asteron Centre, 55 Featherston Street, Pipitea, Wellington 6011
Wednesday 2 December, 7pm
Tickets $10 - all profits donated to the New Zealand Portrait Gallery
We’ve nearly done it. We’ve almost made it through one of the craziest, up and down, round and round, truly bizarre years in recent memory. We think it’s high time for something warm, comforting and trustworthy - with a healthy dose of seasonal nostalgia. This December 2nd, Supertonic is delighted to present for one night only Merry Christmas, Ya Filthy Animal - a cheeky Christmas send-off for 2020.
This choral concert will indulge your sappiest and silliest Christmas movie memories. Including choral numbers from all-time Christmas movie favourites Love Actually, The Polar Express and Home Alone, you’ll also be treated to nostalgic numbers from classic films like Holiday Inn and Meet Me in St. Louis. These will be complemented by solo and small group numbers, plus a live performance of our digital lockdown anthem Reach Out, composed by Supertonic member Martha Machin-Palmer. And what would a Christmas concert be without some sing-along carols to ignite the festive spirit?
Supertonic is a 50-strong SATB Wellington choir that takes pride in presenting a diverse range of music. This concert is our chance to celebrate some of the music that we all know and love, and your opportunity to sing some seasonal songs with us. Supertonic’s most recent concert, Saturday Night’s Alright, sold out within 48 hours, prompting the addition of a second show. Don’t miss out on the fun - come and sing along with Supertonic!
Saturday Night's Alright
A choral celebration of Elton John
Performed by Supertonic Marsden Auditorium
Saturday 10 October, 2pm and 7.30pm
We hope you don’t mind if we put down in words… Supertonic’s latest choral spectacular is coming this September, and it’s their most exciting yet!
After a few months away from the stage, the pitch is back with Saturday Night’s Alright - a spectacular presentation of music by prodigious singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer Elton John and equally accomplished lyricist Bernie Taupin.
Including a four-part canon that would make Pachelbel blush, this concert features the full force of 50 singers, a series of powerful rock soloists from within the choir and a full rock band of some of Wellington’s best musicians. The first half showcases some of the incredible songs from beloved 1973 album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, while the second half will be composed of a range of early 70’s Elton favourites, plus a few surprises. Highlights include a full symphonic choral setting of Someone Saved My Life Tonight a trio treatment of Daniel, and of course the choir’s signature beautiful harmonies.
Director Isaac Stone is a teacher of classroom music and leader of the choral programme at Tawa College in Wellington. Stone’s artistic agenda is to work with singers on choral music that is both accessible but challenging - creating concerts to captivate a new audience for choral music. This concert is extra special for Stone - Elton John’s music being what inspired him to become a musician. By sitting down at the piano and learning Elton’s music by ear, Stone remembers discovering chord progressions, the power of singing and being opened up to the worlds of choral, classical and orchestral music.
“I truly consider Elton John to be the Schubert of our time - Schubert being another one of my favourite composers. As a teacher, I’m inspired by Elton’s own championing of younger musicians and his openness to working with people from across the world, across generations and across genres. Elton is the perfect vehicle for bringing people into the amazing world of music education and the wider world of music, because at its core his music always offers piano riffs that stay with you, chord progressions that feel right, and a melody that speaks to the soul.”
Supertonic is a 50-strong SATB Wellington choir that takes pride in presenting a diverse range of music. Past concerts cover everything from traditional choral repertoires of early music through to modern works, strongly themed presentations such as music written solely in endangered and extinct languages, through to rock, pop and jazz extravaganzas celebrating the greatest music of the 20 th and 21 st centuries.
This choir aims to take choral music to new places and greater heights, and Saturday Night’s Alright will be no exception. Supertonic’s most recent rock concert, Thunderbolt and Lightning, sold out within a few days to a 400-strong audience of Queen fans. Don’t miss out on our latest offering!
Our gift is our song, and this one’s for you, Wellington.
Groundswell - press release
Supertonic presents Groundswell
Supertonic announces its next performance for 2019 – Groundswell: Songs for a Sustainable Future. Join us in the gorgeous acoustic of Pipitea Marae at 4:30pm on Sunday 17 November 2019, to commemorate the change people have caused to the Earth and to celebrate the groundswell of momentum from people eager to solve those environmental issues.
After the success of the indie-pop adventure Leaving the Table, Supertonic will present an ambitious choral concert exploring our relationship with the environment around us, and the impact humans can have – both negative and positive. From the waters of Aotearoa to the Mongolian steppe, Australian rainforest, and North African desert, the audience’s journey will span the world. Through music and accompanying kōrero, Groundswell will explore climate change, the loss of biological diversity, human damage to the environment, the loss of indigenous environmental guardianship, and the global and local challenges that make addressing these issues so complicated.
As Supertonic’s audiences have come to expect, this will be an immersive experience with top notch harmonies and a thought-provoking message.
Supertonic is a Wellington-based choir that seeks to take choral music to different places and new heights. Supertonic is well known for its innovative and no-compromise concerts, from those exploring ways to amplify voices that are seldom heard, to its all-out rock extravaganzas that turn the concept of a choral concert on its head. Supertonic has gone from strength to strength with consistently sold out concerts.
Tickets available www.supertonic.org.nz from Monday 14 October. Get in quick!
Leaving The Table - press release
Supertonic are back where they love to be - pushing the boundaries of choral music in our contemporary world. After a year of sold-out performances in 2018, their first standalone concert series of 2019 - Leaving the Table: A story of relationship, told through song - will blur the lines between choir, theatre, and abstract expression. It follows an already busy year of of gigs for the choir, including performances at the Coastella music festival and the televised ANZAC ceremony at Pukeahu.
This concert series will be presented with two performances at Te Whaea in Wellington at 5:30pm and 8pm on Saturday 22 June.
A relationship between two people can take many forms, and can bring much joy. But what do you do when you need to get out - when it feels like you no longer belong - when you've forgotten where you end and the other person begins? How do you reconcile your desire to be alone in a world that can’t accept solitude? This concert will explore this emotional journey with a repertoire of music from the indie-pop genre, reimaged in glorious harmony to tell a story that can be painful, heart-wrenching, but ultimately uplifting. Musical Director Isaac Stone says “the music of indie artists is unique with its raw, unfiltered emotion, its creative use of tone colours not heard in mainstream pop or classical music, and its close personal connection between composer, performer and listener".
The programme includes music from Imogen Heap, Bon Iver, Damien Rice, Florence Welch, Depeche Mode and The Beach Boys, among others. Dramatic performances from Wellington actors Cassandra Tse and James Cain will steer the story, with scenes between the songs to characterise the choir’s poignant lyrics. Together, this becomes a uncharted exploration of what can be achieved when this style of music is channeled through the live vocals of a high quality choir.
Supertonic is a Wellington-based choir that seeks to take choral music to different places and new heights. Supertonic is well known for its innovative and no-compromise concerts, from those exploring ways to amplify voices that are seldom heard, to its all-out rock extravaganzas that turn the concept of a choral concert on its head. Supertonic has consistently gone from strength to strength, with all its 2018 concerts sold out.
Tickets available www.supertonic.org.nz from 22 May 2019. Get in quick!
It seems hard to believe that it’s that time already, but Supertonic wish to joyfully announce their final concert of 2018, In the Key of Christmas.
This choral concert will be held at 7pm on Tuesday 4th December at Wesley Church, Wellington.
While things start to get a little frantic in the lead up to the festive season, with end-of-year parties, gift shopping and travel planning aplenty, Supertonic hope to offer their audience a moment of calm. Take a moment to soak up the sounds of Christmastime with an evening of choral melodies to inspire merry memories of years gone by.
The programme includes classic and contemporary works, including Ola Gjeilo’s modern arrangement of the dearly-treasured Christmas carol Away in a Manger, the delightful Somewhere in my Memory composed by John Williams for the classic Christmas film Home Alone, and Handel’s stirring Hallelujah Chorus. Sure to be a highlight is Pō Marie, a kiwi setting of Silent Night arranged by Terence Maskell, with lyrics in te reo Māori and in English. Pieces by Mendelssohn, Holst and Tchaikovsky will also feature. There will be a number of small ensemble and solo performances, together with the sounds of 56-voice-strong Supertonic that audiences have grown to love.
This concert will be conducted by Hazel Fenemor. A member of Supertonic choir since 2015, Hazel is an exceptionally talented musician. Previously music director of Wellington Youth Choir, Hazel is excited to return to directing for this concert.
So why not treat yourself to an evening of delightful music and festive cheer? Tickets are available at www.supertonic.org.nz.
Supertonic is a Wellington-based choir amed at singers in their 20s and 30s that seeks to take choral music to different places and new heights. Supertonic is well known for its innovative and no-compromise concerts, from those exploring ways to amplify voices that are seldom heard, to its all-out rock extravaganzas that turn the concept of a choral concert on its head.
Tickets available www.supertonic.org.nz
Supertonic - Space - Press Release
Supertonic, together with ELIM, are over the moon to announce they are going where no choir has gone before (probably) with Space: A Choral Odyssey, one-night-only at Hannah Playhouse, Wellington, 6:30pm Sunday 16 September.
Even before tohunga kōkōrangi used the night sky to navigate great distances across the ocean to Aotearoa New Zealand, people have been fascinated with the stars. Space promises to take the audience on a multimedia, musical journey through time and space, exploring the wonder and mystery of what liesbeyond Papatūānuku.
The first half of the concert will feature contemporary choral works including Whanau Marama by David Hamilton, which uses text from the 1922 publication “The Astronomical Knowledge of the Māori”, and Fly to Paradise by prolific composer Eric Whitacre. The beautiful harmonies of Sara Teasdale and Erik Esenvald’s Stars will be a glorious addition to the programme, while Robin Salkeld’s I Am Voyager will bring the personality of the Voyager 1 space probe - the first human-made object to enter interstellar space.
In the second half, together with atmospheric rock band ELIM, Supertonic will present a concept album- style performance, inspired by the work of the visionary physicist Stephen Hawking. This world premiere, called A Brief History, features original compositions from ELIM, choir members David Williams and Ben Gray and Music Director Isaac Stone, alongside established settings of Ave Maris Stella.
Supertonic is a 56-strong Wellington based choir aimed at singers in their 20s and 30s that seeks to take choral music to different places and new heights. Supertonic is well known for its innovative and no- compromise concerts, from those exploring ways to amplify voices that are seldom heard, to its all-out rock extravaganzas that turn the concept of a choral concert on its head.
ELIM are a Wellington-based 3-piece instrumental band that plays ambient and post-rock style music. As a band, they are fascinated with space and the universe, and this collaboration with Supertonic has afforded the opportunity to explore this theme in a new way.
Following on from Supertonic’s first concert of 2018, the sold-out Shakespeare’s Sister, Space: A Choral Odyssey promises to test the bounds of contemporary choral performance in Aotearoa New Zealand, and will truly be a delight for the senses.
6:30pm, Sunday 16 September, 2018
Adults $25 / Seniors, Students and Children $20
Tickets available via supertonic.org.nz from Thursday 16 August
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