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What's going on in the world of music and the arts? From the concert hall to the cinema, we talk to musicians, composers, choreographers, dancers, actors, directors and artists - Upbeat finds out what makes them tick.


Choir Carnegie Hall bound

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +1300

The Nelson Civic Choir is off to perform at the famed Carnegie Hall in January. Choral Conductor Chris Lukies explains how the invitation from Distinguished Concerts International New York arrived, and what it will be like performing works by Karl Jenkins in a mass choir setting.

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Combining culture and landscapes

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 13:20:00 +1300

European philosophy, Japanese culture, modernist architecture and New Zealand Landscapes run deep in the work of the late potter, James Greig. A retrospective of his work is on display at the Dowse. Curator Sian van Dyk explains how it all came together for James Greig: Defying Gravity.

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In Search of the Great Composers

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +1300

Cynthia Morahan takes us on a journey through a five DVD collection by British documentary maker Phil Grabsky where he sets out to discover what made great composers Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn and Chopin tick.

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Famous mezzo to teach in NZ

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +1300

One of the world’s most famous mezzo sopranos is coming to teach at the New Zealand Opera School in Wanganui in the New Year. Della Jones will spend two weeks passing on her knowledge to the next generation of opera stars. She talks about the stimulation she gets from passing on her knowledge to future opera stars.

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