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What's going on in the world of music and the arts? We talk to musicians, composers, choreographers, dancers, actors, directors and artists.


Westie who ran away to join the circus has returned

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:30:00 +1300

West Auckland born Rosita Hendry is touring the country as part of contemporary  French Canadian company  Cirque Éloize. Rosita has had a very fast route to top level performance after seeing a show in Auckland and realizing circus combined all her skills as an acrobat, dancer and musician. After a year at circus school in Melbourne,  she auditioned  for the world’s top circus training school  in Montreal. Straight after graduating in June this year she was in Cirque de Soleil and is now in Cirkopolis  for Cirque Éloize.   [image:133392:full]

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Stealing the show with Mother Superior

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +1300

Musical theatre legend Helen Medlyn doesn’t set out to steal the show, but in the past few years she’s landed the parts that shine in the spotlight. Most have a vile edge – but this time she’s breaking the habit by wearing one. Medlyn plays Mother Superior in Sister Act:The Musical opening this week in Auckland. She speaks with Zoe George about nuns, owning the character and of course how to steal the show. [image:133374:full]

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A Piece Of You

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:45:00 +1300

What do you sound like? Greg Sinclair is a Scottish cellist and performance artist who specialises in children’s theatre. In A Piece For You Greg takes participants through a questionnaire, and creates a solo cello work for each individual audience member. Shaun D Wilson and his friend Denise Garland went to Greg’s show at the Edinburgh Book Festival and discuss how he made works for each of them.

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Rewriting the Writers Festival

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +1300

The Wellington Writers Festival has a new leader – former RNZer Mark Cubey, who is adding his flair, knowledge and insight to the biannual event. He takes us through the major themes and authors coming to visit in 2018 and chooses a soundtrack to get us thinking.

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Jubilation for Jubilate Singers

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +1300

  Christchurch’s Jubilate Singers are celebrating their 40th anniversary in style. Present and former choir members will perform some of their favourite works including songs by Durufle, Monteverdi, Brahms and Eric Whitacre. Musical Director Sue Densem and former musical director John Pattison talk about the choir’s long history, the importance of celebrating, and how singing brings joy.

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Parmenter returns with large scale dance opera

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +1300

Acclaimed New Zealand choreographer Michael Parmenter is bringing the myth of Greek hero Orpheus alive with the New Zealand Dance Company. OrphEus explores the relationship between music and movement in personal and political environments. It is being developed for both New Zealand Festival and Auckland Arts Festival. Parmenter explains the creative process, what a “movement choir” is and how Australian baroque ensemble Latitude 37 and four opera singers are incorporated into the dance.

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'Every day I think my audience has given me my life'

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:10:00 +1300

In his last ever interview New Zealand’s most revered pianist answers your questions. Michael Houstoun tells us about his life behind the keys, whether his hands are insured, what his favourite (and not so favourite) pieces are, what his advice is to the next generation and what he’s going to do now.

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Auckland Uni Trio takes ROSL title

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +1300

Korimako Trio from the University of Auckland has won the 2017 Pettman ROSL Scholarship. The trio of Diane Huh, violin, Tahee Kim, cello, and Modi Deng, piano took top honours at this year’s final concert on Saturday night at the Piano in Christchurch. Director of ROSL Arts, Geoff Parkin discusses the competition.

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Review: Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra with Lisa Larsson

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:40:00 +1300

Did heaven and earth move at last night’s performance by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra? The APO was joined for its Heaven and Earth concert by soloist Lisa Larsson to perform Berg’s Seven Early Songs and as soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4. Reviewer Peter Hoar tells us if the Swedish soprano took him to a heavenly place.

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Toronto’s rock star violinist guests with NZSO strings

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:10:00 +1300

Canadian Baroque star violinist Aisslinn Nosky is a red headed dynamo of passionate playing, so expect fireworks when she leads a special performance with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s string section tonight. She’ll direct and perform a baroque style concert with the group in the intimate setting of St Andrews on the Terrace. The programme includes Aisslinn playing Vivaldi’s violin concerto

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NZTrio wins Best Classical Artist Tui

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +1300

NZTrio has won the Best Classical Artist award at the New Zealand Music Awards. NZTrio was recognised for its album Sway, with Cellist Ashley Brown receiving the Tui on behalf of the group. Ashley and Steve Garden from Rattle Records talks to Producer Zoe George back stage about the win.

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RNZB takes steps into women’s prison

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:40:00 +1300

The Royal New Zealand Ballet is teaching inmates at Arohata Women’s prison how to jeté, pirouette and plié. 

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Changes to 2017 Tuis

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:20:00 +1300

The New Zealand Music Awards have undergone a change. Last year singer Aaradhna refused her best Urban/Hip Hop award saying the award was racially discriminatory. Now Damian Vaughan, the CEO of Recorded Music New Zealand, says they have created new categories for the Tuis to better reflect the diversity within the New Zealand music industry.

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Invitation to Become an Artist

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +1300

Auckland Art Gallery is about to be transformed by a sea of dots! Designer Hannah Manning-Scott talks about the opportunity the gallery is giving visitors to follow the lead of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama and fill up a space with dots. It’s called the Obliteration Room. You are invited to enter the world of the artist and 'obliterate' an entirely white domestic space by adding colourful dot stickers to the furniture, objects and surfaces to transform it into an extraordinary blur of colours.

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Heaven and Earth

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:40:00 +1300

Swedish soprano Lisa Larsson is in the country to sing Alban Berg’s lush, decadent, ultra-Romantic songs, and be the soloist in Mahler’s Fourth Symphony in the APO’s Heaven and Earth concert on Thursday. Lisa demonstrates how the Swedish language is conducive to singing because it’s naturally inflected and musical. She talks about moving from study to be a flutist into singing and the joy she gets from communicating emotions.   

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Girl power rocks the Ferio Saxophone Quartet

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +1300

The Ferio Saxophone Quartet has been playing festivals around the UK for the past two years wowing audiences with both playing of the highest order and a new world of sound. Who would have thought the saxophone quartet could play so many different types of music? The Ferio Saxophone Quartet is touring New Zealand in the run up to being part of the judging panel for this year’s Royal Overseas League Scholarship. Baritone Shevaughan Beere and Alto player Ellie McMurray talk about their rapid rise since winning the ROSL Competition in the UK in 2015.  

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Review: Christchurch Symphony Orchestra with Simon Tedeschi

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:45:00 +1300

Gershwin was the main draw card in the final major performance for the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. Talented Australian pianist Simon Tedeschi stole the show according to reviewer Tony Ryan. But how well did the rest of the programme of works by John Adams and Aaron Copeland add to the event?  

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Concert for Cancer research

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +1300

A group of talented musicians, some with careers in medicine are joining together to make some noise for cancer research. Trio Pohádka & Friends was founded by Dr Petr Tomek in 2012, to present chamber music to all audiences, help fight cancer and educate audiences about advances in cancer research. Their Auckland concert this weekend features works from Brahms, Prokofiev and Haydn .

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The art of throat singing

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 13:40:00 +1300

One of the oldest forms of music is filling Wellington’s City Gallery this week. Throat singer and improviser Jonny Marks bring his almost meditative style of singing alive with Stroma for its Spectral Electric concert which explores a new frontier of soundscapes and technology. Jonny explain the art of throat singing, why he chose to do it and his road to discovering his unique voice.

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Review: Top violinist delivers in spades

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 13:20:00 +1300

It’s not every day you get to be 20 feet from one of the world’s greatest performers playing one of the greatest concertos ever composed. For reviewer Rachel Hyde that was a reality on Friday when the NZSO was joined by violinist Janine Jansen featuring the Sibelius violin concerto and works by Brahms and Wagner.

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NZ Music Awards – NZTrio

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +1300

NZTrio is one of three finalists nominated for the Classical Artist of the Year award at this year’s New Zealand Music Awards coming to a grand conclusion on Thursday. The Trio’s album Sway offers a light-hearted and joyful programme of vibrant music. Pianist Sarah Watkins and cellist Ashley Brown are in the studio to discuss their favourite pieces from the album and the process behind creating it.

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Making Light of Time

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 13:30:00 +1300

The most prolific partnership on our classical music scene, composer Ross Harris and poet Vincent O'Sullivan have been pouring out operas, songs, oratorios, even symphonies for some 13 years now after their first meeting at Victoria University. This collaboration has now been marked with a new CD - Making Light of Time with the songs performed by Jenny Wollerman. Charlotte Wilson spoke to Jenny, Ross and Vincent to find out what makes them click.

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Celebrating the music of the Great War

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 13:40:00 +1300

Music has the ability to tell stories, convey emotions and keep memories alive. In his new book Good-bye Maoriland Chris Bourke explores the importance of New Zealand music during the Great War including how the tone of the music changed as the War exacted a heavy toll.  

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Learning Concerto from a legend

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 13:10:00 +1300

A legend in Australia Ballet history Marilyn Rowe is here this week coaching students at the NZ School of Dance performing part of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Concerto at its 50th Anniversary Graduation Season on.  Marilyn was coached by MacMillan when she danced Concerto with the Australian Ballet, where she was a principal dancer for many years. She went on to direct the Australian Ballet School until her recent retirement.

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NZ to host 2020 World New Music Days

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +1300

New Zealand has won its bid to host the 2020 International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) World New Music Days. The World Music Days are its annual, flagship festival, involving composers from more than 50 countries, and some of the most exciting performers. Glenda Keam, Head of Contemporary Music at the University of Canterbury, is Vice President of ISCM and will be directing the event; she explains what this means for NZ.

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Accidental Ushering - The Tale of Curtains of a Candle

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +1300

An unusual tale of accidental ushering. Shaun D Wilson berates his flatmate, NZ Fashion Week Miromoda Emerging Designer winner Jacob Coutie, after Jacob’s stunningly poor texting leads to Shaun volunteering to usher a show - under the understanding that it is Jacob’s graduation show. Instead it turns out that Shaun will be ushering a symphony of life and death expressed through music, dance, and clothing that ventures into the unknown lands of Mooson Hooson. Who exactly is Max Duncan and what is Curtains of a Candle?

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Opera stars on the rise

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 13:40:00 +1300

Five young rising opera stars take to the stage this week in Wellington to raise funds for children’s health. Four of the singers – Natasha Wilson, Manase Latu, Ipu Laga’aia and Samson Setu are participants in the Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Singer Development Programme. They lend their voices to raise money for vaccinations for children in the Pacific and for equipment at Wellington Children’s hospital.

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Creatives celebrated with Art awards

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 13:20:00 +1300

Eleven Kiwi artists have been celebrated for their creativity this week at the Arts Foundation Awards. This year the awards recognise excellence in film, music, dance, painting, poetry, playwriting, photography and illustration. Arts Foundation CEO Simon Bowden who has lead the Foundation since its inception talks about how it is developing as times change.

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Voting for Settling the Score in the modern age

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +1300

It’s that time of year again when we ask for your votes for Settling the Score. But this year we are doing things a little differently. You will still be able to vote by mail and online, BUT we’ve introduced a new app called VoxPop to help you vote for your favourite work. Creator Peter Fowler explains how you can contribute to the conversation.

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Red, White and Blue for CSO and Australian pianist

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 13:30:00 +1300

Renowned Australian pianist Simon Tedeschi returns to New Zealand to perform Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F major with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. He was last here in 2009, when he also played Gershwin and received a standing ovation. His appearance is part of the CSO’s all American programme For the Common Man with John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine, Copeland’s Symphony No. 3 and the Gershwin concerto.

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Activism and great art at Sydney Festival

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +1300

What makes great art? Just ask Sydney Festival Director Wesley Enoch. He thinks great art should have good craft, an aesthetic and a meaning. He discusses art as activism, getting out of the comfort zone and the importance of connecting people to places.

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All is Full of Love

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 13:40:00 +1300

How can you do Björk if you’re not Björk? Her music is unique, so seemingly knitted to her own personality and her own performance style. Claire Cowan and her Auckland-based Blackbird Ensemble are taking up the challenge for a show at Q Theatre called “All is Full of Love.” They’ll perform 16 of her songs. RNZ visited one of their final rehearsals.

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The flowering of local Sistema initiative Arohanui Strings

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 13:20:00 +1300

Children around the world have an opportunity to experience the joy of playing a musical instrument thanks to the Sistema programme.  Director of Arohanui Strings, Alison Eldredge, sees the benefits in the Hutt Valley where she works. She shares her findings from an international conference about Sistema, talks about what the children get out of playing with local orchestras, and the importance of their upcoming charity fundraiser.

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Skyscraper Stan sings live

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +1300

Melbourne based Kiwi singer/songwriter Stanley Woodhouse is touring the country with fellow artist, poet and novelist Dominic Hoey also known as ‘Tourettes’. The 17 date tour also features a spot in Wellington’s Lit Crawl festival this Saturday. Skyscraper Stan performs some original tunes live in the studio, discusses the state of Australian social politics, and what to expect from his gigs.

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The lifesaving influence of the piano

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 13:30:00 +1300

Composer, pianist and singer Nick Knox is one of 12 musicians playing the ivories for the Audio Foundation’s Festival of Piano Music. For the festival he’ll let the moment take him where he needs to go, with his improved performance style, which is influenced by baroque music. He discusses how music is  the thing he is most passionate about; Nick is the subject of a BBC funded documentary called The Characteristics of C minor which has shown at festivals worldwide.

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RNZB’s en pointe 2018 season

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +1300

The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s 2018 programme is out and full of bold and interesting works overseen by new Artistic Director Patricia Barker. She explains why she’s putting strong women in the spotlight, who she has invited to guest choreograph and why it’s important to get out into the provinces.

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Review: Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra’s Fire Music

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 13:20:00 +1300

Brett Dean’s Fire Music was the centre piece of the Auckland Philharmonia  Orchestra concert last night conducted by the composer. The dynamic work inspired by new life after tragedy was performed alongside Sibelius’ Scene with Cranes and Brahms' Piano Concerto No.2 featuring Piers Lane. Peter Hoar was in the audience for the powerful concert.  

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Tally Ho!

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +1300

The “Dunedin sound” is being celebrated by the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra this weekend.  Tally Ho! 2 features music spanning 40 years of Dunedin pop music and includes many of the original artists along with younger performers like soprano Anna Leese and singer/songwriter Nadia Reid, in a programme orchestrated by Graeme Downs. Conductor Peter Adams explains the joy of seeing people of all ages in the Dunedin Town Hall celebrating the city’s unique music heritage.

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Fire Music ignites new life after tragedy

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 13:30:00 +1300

Australian composer Brett Dean wrote Fire Music in response to the disastrous ‘Black Saturday’ bushfires of 2009 in Victoria. He’s here to conduct the work with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra tonight.  Dean says ‘fire can also cleanse and replenish’ and so restoration and new life is a theme in his work. Brett played viola in the Berlin Philharmonic in the 80s and moonlighted as a DJ in Berlin nightclubs; you can hear that in his use of electric guitar, and a keyboard playing sampled sound effects in Fire Music.

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Globe-trotting conductor returns to Wellington

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +1300

Globe-trotting conductor Marc Taddei returns to the capital to lead Orchestra Wellington in their performance of Stravinsky’s ballet Petrouchka this weekend. The colourful piece is accompanied by new commission Colour lines by Wellington composer Tabea Squire. Taddei discusses his travels, the new commission and what his year of Music Directing Stravinsky’s brilliant but exacting scores has taught him.

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Stellar line up for Coastella

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 13:30:00 +1300

Acts from home and abroad will congregate in February for the third annual Coastella on the Kapiti Coast. Named artists include The Black Seeds, Nadia Reid, Louis Baker, and Rhombus in Dub. But what is on offer for those who love classical music? Coastella founder Gerry Paul picks some tunes he knows we’ll love.

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Rock Star Cellist Maya Beiser

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +1300

Classically trained cellist Maya Beiser is all about adding her touch to the classics, from Bach to rock classics by Led Zepplin and Nirvana. The Yale educated musician, who was raised on a kibbutz, shot to fame in 2011 following a popular TED talk. She talks about being a non-conformist, the difficulties of playing AC/DC on the cello, David Bowie, and also why Bach is so important to her.

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One Piano Four Hands

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 13:40:00 +1300

Pianists Tony Chen Lin and Jun Bouterey-Ishido are adding a bit of fun into their piano performances by presenting pieces written for one piano and four hands. Works include Kurtág's “Games”, Schubert’s “Grand Duo” and Stravinsky’s "Rite of Spring" originally written for four hands. Their tour of the country starts on Thursday in Christchurch at The Piano.

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Auckland Festival’s new Artistic Director

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +1300

Jonathan Bielski is bringing a different flavour to next year’s Auckland Arts Festival as he steps into the Artistic Director role. The well respected and highly experienced administrator and organizational leader draws on his international career to put together a programme featuring an outstanding array of talent for the 2018 festival.

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RACHMANINOV: jubilation and bitterness, but sheer poetry from Joyce Yang

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 13:40:00 +1300

Internationally renowned pianist Joyce Yang opened her tour of the country with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington on Friday night. She performed the immensely demanding Piano Concerto no 3. Peter Mechen loved her intoxicating performance.

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Hamilton baritone thrilled with New Zealand Aria Competition Win

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 13:10:00 +1300

Ten New Zealand Aria Competition finalists performed to a full house in Rotorua with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Johannes Fritzsch. Baritone Jarvis Dams, who was a Lexus Song Quest Semi Finalist in 2016 secured the top prize performing Franks Aria from Edgar by Puccini, and claimed a $20,000 prize package from the Dame Malvina Major Foundation.

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Top voices sing for NZ Aria comp

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +1300

The New Zealand Aria Competition is the largest of its kind in the country and one of the most prestigious in Australasia. Australian vocal coach Sharolyn Kimmorley co-judged the competition with Peter Lockwood and explains what they were looking for in the various categories.

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Saving the string community

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 13:35:00 +1300

When Ian Lyons, a renowned luthier passed away suddenly, there was a big gap left in the community. But with a bit of encouragement David Hume has moved from London to Wellington to fill the big shoes left by Lyons. She speaks to Clarissa Dunn about his career saving string instruments, including some very famous ones.

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The colour of music

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +1300

Music brings colour in many forms for pianist Joyce Yang. The synesthete sees colours when she plays music and says music stimulates an intense visual sensory experience for her. She explains how colour helps her learn and interpret music. She’s here to play Rachmaninov’s Third Concerto with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Edo de Waart, the conductor she first played this work with. Yang, who has had professional representation since the age of twelve, begins a five-centre New Zealand tour in Wellington tonight.

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Modern dating in musical form

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 13:40:00 +1300

What’s the worst date you’ve ever been on? Just imagine that, but a lot worse, and on stage in front of hundreds of people. Dating, in particular through the app Tinder, is the inspiration behind the musical Love Me Tinder. It follows Zoe and Daren who meet through the app, but not all goes to plan.

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The intimate setting of Chamber Music

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 13:20:00 +1300

Chamber Music is coming to the burbs in Auckland, with the second Mt Eden Chamber Music Festival this weekend, bringing together some of the best musicians in the country. Artistic director Simeon Broom has called the series “A room with a view” which reflects the concept of music performed in an intimate space.

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Commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +1300

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. A National Commemorative event by the Lutheran Church of New Zealand is being held in The Wellington Cathedral of St Paul  to commemorate this revolution in religious practice.  Lutheran cantor Rick Erickson conducts a Bach Cantata Vespers service with the Cathedral Choir, the Chiesa Ensemble and a host of top soloists. One of the works being performed is Bach’s Reformation Cantata.

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