Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:40:00 +1300Mia Blonde in Ice Dagger is a rollicking Bond-inspired comedy-dance show about a British agent, 0064 Mia Blonde, who is out to save the world from nuclear disaster. Lara Liew plays arch enemy, Belarusian ice-skater Ima Helavavich and has choreographed the award-winning romp featuring music from Abba to Ladi 6.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:20:00 +1300Counsel in Concert, a charity concert by a choir of singing Wellington based lawyers, returns again. This year Shakespeare inspired music is on the bill, including the NZ premiere and first live concert performance of Michael Roth’s Deo Gratias Anglia penned for a production of Henry V; Prokofiev’s Montagues and Capulets from Romeo and Juliet; and tunes from West Side Story.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +1300Rufus Wainright, Cindy Sherman and Madeleine Pierard. They all bring a unique view of the world, and they have all come together for Wainright’s Prima Donna: A Symphonic Visual Concert at the Auckland Arts Festival. Soprano Madeleine Pierard explains her role in Wainwright’s opera and what else she’ll star in for Auckland Festival 2017. She also sings in The Messiah tomorrow with New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:40:00 +1300The annual Christmas show at the Basement Theatre is here once again, and this year it’s about an amateur dramatic society putting together their festive show, set in Levin. The cast are waiting for a celebrity to arrive, and from there the cast and special guest are thrown in the deep end. Writer Thomas Sainsbury talks about why Levin is the perfect place to set this year’s show and how they managed to convince some of NZ’s biggest acting names to participate.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:20:00 +1300John Ure is retiring after 36 years with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. He’s had a huge influence with the group, from being a principal player, to artistic manager and director of operation. He talks about how the APO has changed from a player run ensemble to a large professional orchestra.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +1300Corpus Christi College is part of the ancient colleges at the University of Cambridge, and its choir, made up of 20 undergraduate and post grad students, is touring the country this month. Singing and composing for the Choir is Paul Newton-Jackson, originally from Hamilton.
Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:45:00 +1300Broadway smash-hit musical Legally Blonde has made its professional New Zealand debut with a 60-show run at the Court Theatre over summer. But it’s not all pink, pretty and pop-music. The musical pushes a feminist rhetoric about education, careers and equal rights for women.
Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:40:00 +1300This summer many of us will put on our speedos or bikinis. But the fashion at the beach hasn’t always been that way. Doris de Pont takes us through fashion from woolly bathers to playsuits, boardies and pin-up style suits, with her show At the Beach: 100 years of Summer Fashion in New Zealand on at the Dowse.
Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:20:00 +1300The Sarjeant Gallery in Whanganui has been promised $10 million dollars for its major earthquake strengthening and redevelopment project from the Regional Culture and Heritage Fund. Director Greg Anderson describes how the neo classical building will be improved to enhance its beauty and make it practical.
Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +1300Following last month’s earthquake, there is now no major facility for organ performance. The Wellington Town Hall continues to be inaccessible, and the other alternative, Wellington Cathedral of St Paul’s organ suffered significant damage. What next for organ enthusiasts? St Paul’s director of music, and organist Michael Stewart on where to now.
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:45:00 +1300Jonathan Hendry takes us through what to expect for 2017 at the southern theatre, including a company season of winter warmer musical, Sondheim’s Into The Woods & and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:20:00 +1300Sisters Georgia and Francesca Emms have their own production company Wanderlust Productions, dedicated to making live performances of cabaret, musical theatre and opera accessible. Their new show These Are A Few Of My Favorite Sings promises die-hard Julie Andrews fans a family-friendly one-woman Julie-loving self-help song-book sing-a-long. [image_crop:23237:full]
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +1300Music Director Marc Taddei reveals his 2017 programme. Called The Impresario, the new season focuses on music inspired by Sergei Diaghilev, the man responsible for some of the most innovative ballet and music of the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries.
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:30:00 +1300Peter Mechen goes on an interstellar adventure through Orchestra Wellington’s performance of Gustav Holst’s The Planets. He reviews two new works written by Orchestra Wellington's Composers in Residence : Claire Cowan’s Concerto for Violin, performed by Amalia Hall and David Long's work for guitar, orchestra and electro-musical "instruments", conducted by Mark Taddei.
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:15:00 +1300RNZ Concert Senior Producer Tim Dodd talks to violinist Yebin Yoo the winner of the competition, Eva Radich has a chat with Juror Julia Joyce and we hear some of Yebin's winning performance of Debussy's Violin Sonata.
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +1300Life’s complexities in New Zealand between the 40s and 80s are presented in a photographic exhibition at the Auckland Art Gallery. The series The Us in I documents a period of upheaval and optimism, from anti-Vietnam war protests to Royal visits.
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:55:00 +1300We try to unravel the difficulties at the Royal New Zealand Ballet.
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:30:00 +1300Kirsten Johnstone goes backstage with the eight Todd young composers: Louisa Nicklin, Daniel Sun, Josiah Carr, Jay Greenberg, Evangelina Telfar, Eleanore Chen, Reuben Jelleyman.
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:10:00 +1300Stories of earthquakes, elections and entertaining wildlife are run of the mill on most news sites, but for Ben Uffindell, Editor of satirical news site The Civilian, those stories are central to raising heckles, and chuckles, from many. He explains what role fake news plays in today’s society and why it’s important to satirise topical events.
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:45:00 +1300The semi-finalists have been selected for the 28th Gisborne International Music Competition. Juror Nick Deutsch talks about selecting the 13 players for the next round with fellow juror Julia Joyce. Nick is an international oboist and Artistic Director at the Australian National Academy of Music.
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:40:00 +1300Delvin Lin was one third of Aurelian Piano Trio who won the Pettman/Royal Over-seas League chamber music scholarship last weekend. Delvin, along with violinist April Ju and cellist Matthias Balzat will travel to the UK next year for five weeks to perform in London and Edinburgh and to visit some of the best teachers and conservatories the UK has to offer.
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:20:00 +1300Visual arts critic David Alsop talks through what to soak in this summer, including Te Papa’s latest visual arts announcement; Auckland Art Gallery’s Dark Matter by artist Ann Shelton and celebrating Da Vinci in Rotorua.
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +1300Michael Fletcher, Director of Music at the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, has just returned from the UK where he spent two months studying cathedral choirs and repertoires and attending a summer school run by the Royal School of Chamber Music. Michael talks about his time abroad, how he’s applying it at home, and how last month’s earthquake has damaged his Cathedral’s 111 year old Hobday pipe organ.
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:40:00 +1300Only one woman is a contender for this year’s Best Animated Feature Academy Award, and that woman is New Zealand director Leanne Pooley. Her animated documentary 25 April is about the WWI Gallipoli campaign. It’s also the first NZ movie to be nominated in the category.
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:20:00 +1300Award winning female Maori playwright Maraea Rakuraku’s play Tan-Knee was one of three selected as part of Auckland Theatre Company’s development programme Next Stage Festival. The broadcaster, poet and short story writer explains what winning the 2016 Adam NZ Play award, as well as the Best Play by a Maori Playwright and Best Play by a Woman Playwright awards mean for her and the industry.
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +1300Wellington based multi-instrumentalist Oscar Laven will be traveling to Saturn, Uranus and Neptune with Orchestra Wellington for their performance of Holst’s The Planets. He’ll be playing planetary ambiance with his heckelphone, which is often mistaken for a bass oboe.
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:40:00 +1300Art is an avenue to explore our past, present and future, but for some residing in prison, art is a form of escape. Sharon Hall and her team from The Learning Connection work with prisoners around the country, giving them an education through brush strokes, drawings and colour.
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:20:00 +1300The IFAC Handa New Zealand Singing School 2017 has attracted 11 new staff from around New Zealand, Australia and the UK. Among the mix is Composer-in Residence Philip Norman and Artist-in-Residence Australian musical theatre actor Damian Humbley. They will work with students under the guidance of Judy Bellingham, Associate Professor of Voice at the University of Otago.
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +1300Jack Body will be front row and centre, so to speak, for The New Zealand Guitar Quartet’s upcoming concert. The quartet will be celebrating the life of the composer with a special commission, developed with guitarist and composer Marek Pasieczny. Quartet members Jane Curry, Owen Moriarty and John Couch discuss what performing this special piece means to them.
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:45:00 +1300It’s the bare necessities that have been put into a 60 minute show, which allows the next generation to experience Broadway on their own stages. Broadway Junior is a teaching tool for primary schools and it’s slowly creeping into kiwi schools. Broadway Junior mentor and arts performance teacher Robert Dil explains the importance of bringing musical theatre to kiwi kids.
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:20:00 +1300The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra went to the movies this weekend, playing the scores of two famous Hitchcock films Vertigo and Psycho. The music, written by Bernard Herrmann took the audience on a suspenseful ride, while the films were projected on a big screen behind the orchestra. Dominic Groom discusses whether the performances made the hair on the back of his neck stand up.
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +1300Bach Musica NZ will be joined by soprano Madison Nona and baritone Jarvis Dams – both 2016 Lexus Song Quest participants – to perform a Christmas concert with a German flavor. Two rarely performed pieces make up the bill, including Christmas Cantatas by Georg Philipp Telemann, which will be performed for the first time in NZ.
Fri, 25 Nov 2016 13:40:00 +1300The contemporary art collection of gallerist Nadene Milne is going under the hammer next week in Auckland. She’s built a reputation through developing strong relationships with artists through her Arrowtown gallery which she opened in 2001. The gallery was famed for representing some of New Zealand’s leading contemporary artists, with many of their works going to auction on Monday
Fri, 25 Nov 2016 13:20:00 +1300Monet’s Le pont japonais (Japanese Bridge) (1918 – 1924) is the first Monet to be seen at Auckland Art Gallery. The depiction of his famous waterlily garden and Japanese bridge is one of only two of the famous painter’s works in the country, the other being held in Dunedin. Gallery Director Rhana Devenport explains what this means for Auckland Art Gallery and for kiwi art lovers.
Fri, 25 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +1300Arguably one of the best jazz musicians to emerge from NZ, saxophonist Hayden Chisholm returns from his base in Germany for a nationwide tour with Paul Dyne and Norman Meehan promoting his new 13 CD set Cusp of Oblivion. He discusses being at the forefront of jazz composition in Europe and how his music has evolved to take up 13 CDs.
Thu, 24 Nov 2016 13:40:00 +1300The story of the 1912 Waihi Gold Miners' Strike is told through a new play by Lorae Parry which interweaves music and dance. Scarlet and Gold follows the paths of three different women who clash during the strike, and take to the picket line when the men in their lives are arrested. Writer Lorae Parry also stars in her new work, alongside Todd Rippon.
Thu, 24 Nov 2016 13:20:00 +1300Leading New Zealand contemporary composer Lyell Cresswell has been named as one of five Laureate Award recipients in this year’s Arts Foundation Awards. He accepted the award last night along with writer Eleanor Catton, graphic novelist Dylan Horrocks, visual artist Peter Robinson and film maker Taika Waititi. Lyell explains why he loves living in Scotland, how his music has evolved, and what it means to be recognized by his homeland.
Thu, 24 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +1300The Royal Overseas League’s annual chamber music competition is heading to Christchurch’s newest venue The Piano this weekend. It’s the first time the scholarship has been hosted in the garden city, with the winning ensemble given the opportunity to tour the UK for five weeks. Two of the Judges Geoff Parkin and Carson Becke discuss what they will be looking for in the competition.
Wed, 23 Nov 2016 13:40:00 +1300One of the recent winners of the 2016 Alex Lindsay Awards, 22 year old Joella Pinto from Auckland chats about winning the award, what studying in Canada in 2017 will mean for her career and how being the concertmaster of the NZSO National Youth Orchestra has helped push her into the spotlight.
Wed, 23 Nov 2016 13:20:00 +1300With only a month to go until Christmas, it’s only natural to celebrate with the time honoured theatre tradition of a pantomime. This year Circa Theatre welcomes back Roger Hall’s Jack and the Beanstalk with its catchy tunes and comedy to keep the young and young at heart entertained. Emma Kinane and Gavin Rutherford explain how the script has evolved following recent massive shifts in international politics.
Wed, 23 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +1300Dance, music, projected imagery and late night talk combine to tell the story of young love with a Pacific flavor in The Beautiful Ones. Auckland musician Tama Waipara is part of the team behind the soundscape for the show which sees the audience invited out onto a large dance floor. Described as “poetic, lyrical and highly original” finishes on Saturday.
Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:20:00 +1300Young conductor Ray Chan has been appointed to the newly created role of Conducting Fellow, assisting Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra MD Giordano Bellincampi. He’s been busy in London, completing his postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy, and setting up his own orchestra Goodensemble.
Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +1300Public arts festival, Common Ground, explores our relationship with water through art. Based in the Hutt region, the festival’s goal is to get community groups to think about conservation, water ownership and water quality. Curator Mark Amery explains why the Hutt is the perfect place for the festival which is being run independently for the first time.
Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:40:00 +1300Upbeat’s Melbourne correspondent Vincent O’Donnell visits artist Simon Denny in his Berlin studio to talk about what has happened since he made international news with his Venice Biennale installation Secret Power. The work centred on imagery used by the US’s National Security Agency which came to light when former employee Edward Snowden leaked thousands of secret files and communications from the agency.
Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:20:00 +1300Many of us may enjoy a tipple or two of our favourite drop. But rather than drink wine, Canadian artist Melissa Proudlock paints with it. But there’s more to painting with wine than just dipping a brush into a glass. Melissa has spent years patiently creating paints out of the sediment left at the bottom of wine barrels and fermenting tanks mixed with wine.
Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +1300Cellophonia, a celebration of cellos, was held at the New Zealand School of Music this past week, attracting some big names, including special guest international cellist Alvin Wong. He’s been running masterclasses and doing concerts at Victoria University. Wong is a celebrated performer, who has toured China, Southern Europe and the US as a concerto soloist.
Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:40:00 +1300International choreographer and artist Sam Coren has been in New Zealand putting the NZ School of Dance graduates through their paces with Hofesh Shechter’s challenging work Political Mother. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea but it gives the students a chance to experience the demands of an international choreographer before they graduate next week.
Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:20:00 +1300New Zealand born soprano Lauren Armishaw plays the title role in Gluck’s opera Alceste which is RNZ Concert’s Opera on Sunday this weekend. Armishaw has been living in The Hague for many years, working with top choirs and ensembles. She explains what it’s like living in Europe, what attracted her to this opera and the ten year project she’s working on with the Netherlands Bach Society.
Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +1300It’s slightly ironic timing for the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra as they prepare for the concert Force of Nature tomorrow night which includes Sibelius’ Symphony No 5. Making his Shaky Isles debut, performing Salonen’s Violin Concerto, is Melbourne’s Symphony Orchestra’s co-concertmaster Eoin Andersen.
Thu, 17 Nov 2016 13:40:00 +1300Combine clay and a kiln and magic can ensure; just ask Andrew Clifford, director of Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery. On display there are the winners finalists of the Portage Ceramic awards announced last week. Te Uru reopened two years ago right next door to Lopdell House, Titirangi’s original art gallery and Andrew Clifford is committed to keeping its close connections with the community.
Thu, 17 Nov 2016 13:20:00 +1300Are actors getting a fair go in New Zealand? That’s what president of Equity New Zealand Jennifer Ward-Lealand stands up for. She’s gone into battle for actors to ensure they get fair pay and working conditions. She gives us an insight into what the industry has faced in 2016 and what we can expect in the next 12 months.
Thu, 17 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +1300Before reality shows like Masterchef, New Zealand’s own Hudson and Halls were whipping up delectable treats and making audiences around the country laugh. They have been brought to life once again in the theatre show Hudson and Halls Live!
Wed, 16 Nov 2016 13:40:00 +1300New Zealand composer Jenny McLeod is showing no signs of slowing down. In the past two weeks she’s turned 75, gave an entertaining “poetic” Lilburn lecture and has just released a new recording of her Tone Clock pieces. She speaks to Charlotte Wilson about her new works, longevity and turning 75.
Wed, 16 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +1300New Zealand composer Alex Taylor is such a well recognisable name in the industry that you’d think he was an old hat at this. But the young talent has just been recognised as one of three New Zealand Arts Foundation 2016 New Generation Award Recipients. The awards were announced earlier this week and Alex was named alongside choreographer Parris Goebel and visual artist Andre Hemer, for the award that recognises innovation by young minds in the arts.
Tue, 15 Nov 2016 13:40:00 +1300Royal New Zealand ballet dancer Lucy Green has danced some premier roles during her time with the company including title roles in Cinderella and Giselle and Dorothy in this year’s Wizard of Oz. She’s been with RNZB six years, but has decided to take a step towards home and will take up the role of soloist with Queensland Ballet in December.
Tue, 15 Nov 2016 13:20:00 +1300It’s got to be hard to steal the show from 83 other performers, but that’s what James Adams is hoping to do in Opera Otago’s A Christmas Carol. Directed by Sydney based Christine Douglas the show helps celebrate New Zealand’s oldest opera company’s anniversary in style.
Tue, 15 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +1300Musical theatre actors Jess Brien and Nick Prudie saw there was a lack of opportunity for performers to perform material they love. So they established Broadway Studio, a monthly showcase of musical theatre pieces, It offers an opportunity for established and up and coming singers to get on stage and has so far attracted big names in the industry from Wellington and beyond.
Fri, 11 Nov 2016 13:40:00 +1300Last year’s performance of Handel’s Messiah by Scholar Pro Musica Chamber Choir and NZ Barok Orchestra was so popular it sold out, and the musicians are expecting the same this year. Tauranga’s early music choir will be joined by the specialist players of NZBarok on baroque instruments.
Fri, 11 Nov 2016 13:20:00 +1300The Orpheus Choir takes to the stage with a selection of music inspired by nature, from Haydn’s The Seasons, to a more contemporary vibe with Kindalilla which portrays the atmosphere of an Australian national park, and Cloudburst which brings drama in the form of a desert storm.
Fri, 11 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +1300Camerata is a new small-forces chamber orchestra with players ranging from amateur to professional musicians, led by NZSO first violinist Anne Loeser. Its philosophy is to welcome new listeners to classical music as well as aficionados. Camerata perform tonight in central Wellington.