We are excited to announce that tickets are now on sale for Classical on Cuba. Tickets are only $5 and available HERE.  All proceeds go towards our fantastic participating venues who need our support more than ever.

Now that social distancing regulations are not in place, the venues can operate at their normal capacity, but numbers are still limited as these are acoustic listening performances – so don’t delay and book now to avoid disappointment!

Kickstarting live music again, Orchestra Wellington is bringing music back to the inner city through a creative partnership with CubaDupa organisers and WellingtonNZ, which will see twenty ensembles play over one hundred events in fifteen venues.

Musicians from Orchestra Wellington have been rehearsing in lockdown to perform in cafes, restaurants and bars at Classical on Cuba on the 27th and 28th June, in a magical interactive playground of delight, sound and taste.

The intention behind the event is to support the Cuba Street precinct bars and restaurants to bring intimate live classical music to the ears of patrons seated at their tables.

The orchestra will be divided into small chamber music groups to make up twenty ensembles including string quartets, brass trios, a percussion quintet, a harp and trombone duo, flute and marimba duo and will feature a percussion trio who will deliver a lively family show in the afternoon. Voices New Zealand are presenting a six-piece vocal ensemble called “Six on Cuba”.

The hosting venues will include some of the Cuba Precinct’s most iconic establishments, including San Fran, Laundry Bar, the Rogue & Vagabond, Hotel Bristol, Fortune Favours, Eva Beva, 1154 Pastaria and {Suite} Gallery.

You can stay up to date over on our Classical on Cuba Facebook event.

Orchestra Wellington General Manager Kirsten Mason said it had taken plenty of creative thinking and planning to find new ways to re-connect safely with people as the country shifts alert levels.

“We’re really excited to get back to performing live, and we can’t wait to bring people back to hear Orchestra Wellington.”

Orchestra Wellington’s long-standing partnership with CubaDupa, Wellington’s vibrant street festival, has inspired both the venues and orchestra to explore new ways to collaborate. CubaDupa Director Gerry Paul says “It is so exciting to have these ensembles perform in our quirky Cuba St venues and it will be wonderful to experience classical music in an intimate and casual environment.”