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Happy Birthday Giuseppe Verdi Evening


Thu 10 Oct 2013, 6:30pm–10:00pm

Where: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, 147 The Terrace, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Dinner Ticket: $140.00
  • Additional fees may apply

The 10th October, 2013 would have been the 200th Birthday of Italian operatic maestro Giuseppe Verdi.

Wellington identity Ian Macfarlane has organised a special Italian dinner at the James Cook Hotel to mark the occasion. Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music is supporting the event musically with harpist Michelle Velvin, soprano Elisabeth Harris, tenor Oliver Sewell, baritone Christian Thurston and accompanist Mark Dorrell providing some superb musical interludes to the dinner.

Roger Flury – Curator, Music, Alexander Turnbull Library – will provide some reflections and the evening's patron will be His Excellency Alessandro Sandri Levi, the Italian Ambassador to New Zealand. All profits from the evening will go to the Wellington Free Ambulance who provide such a fantastic (and unique in New Zealand) service to the region.

Come and enjoy an evening of superb music, excellent dinner, fine wines and great company. Please contact the organiser, Ian Macfarlane, directly before Tuesday 8 October if you wish to be a dinner guest. Phone (04) 479 1840 or email

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