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Preview: Upbeat with Eva Radich

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Keeping you in tune with music and the arts, with host David Morriss


CSO Composer Commissions

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:21:00 +1300

The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra has been commissioning works by New Zealand composers for over three decades now. This relationship has meant the creation of over thirty diverse and colourful works. Here's a look at a some of them.

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Love, Longing, Loss and opera

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:30:00 +1300

For many years artists and musicians have been inspired by each other’s work. Significant periods in music history are named after equivalent movements in the visual arts, such as the Baroque, or Impressionism. Auckland Art Gallery Assistant curator Emma Jameson talks about the convergence of visual art and music.

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Cinematic storytelling through music

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:00:00 +1300

Music has the ability to transport us, to tell stories and to expose the inner workings of the human heart. Wellington Film Society president Chris Hormann chooses music that adds to the story telling for this year’s WFS season.

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Organ rising from the rubble

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:30:00 +1300

Canterbury organist Martin Setchell gives the inaugural recital on an organ that’s more than 100 years old. He explains how the instrument survived the February 22nd earthquake even though the church crumbled around it, why it was important to save it, and how the latest technology has being integrated into the restored organ..

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Favourite daughter helps celebrate CSO’s 60th

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:00:00 +1300

The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 60th anniversary on Saturday. Violinist Natalia Lomeiko, who’s been a soloist  with the CSO since she was seventeen, will play Bruch's romantic Violin Concerto. She speaks to Eva Radich about the joy of being back home with the orchestra where it all began for her  

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Hemingway’s first novel and decadent lifestyle on stage

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:30:00 +1300

John Collins, founder and director of experimental theatre group Elevator Repair Service, talks about The Select (The Sun Also Rises). It’s a unique adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s classic first novel, complete with a stage littered with liquor bottles, a story ranging from the bistros of Paris to the running of the bulls in Pamplona, and a word-for-word delivery of Hemingway’s original text.  

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Virtuosic Amalia Hall takes on a violinist’s challenge

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:00:00 +1300

Amalia Hall is playing all six of Ysaye's virtuosic solo violin sonatas this Saturday as part of the Auckland Fringe Festival. She plays some of her favourite music, talks about her solo work overseas and explains why playing Ysaye is so stimulating.

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Composer John Young brings Spirit to CSO

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:45:00 +1300

Electroacoustic New Zealand composer John Young has written a fanfare to open the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra’s 60th birthday season on Saturday. His new work Spirit tells a true story of love and loss in Italy during WWII.

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A New Zealand Partita

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:00:00 +1300

Pianist Stephen De Pledge brings alive new pieces written by seven Kiwi composers who were inspired by JS Bach’s Partita no. 3 in A minor. He discusses how this 18th-century musical form has been reimagined for the 21st century.

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The Piano en Pointe

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:00:00 +1300

Jiří and Otto Bubeníček talk about their ballet vision for the film The Piano. The new full-length work tells the story of Ada McGrath and her daughter Flora set to a score that depicts New Zealand’s isolation and desolation.

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Chris Botti has no posessions, but his trumpet takes him everywhere

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +1300

Jazz trumpeter Chris Botti makes his New Zealand debut with a full band at the Bruce Mason Centre in Takapuna. The talented artist has worked with the very best in the music business but lives alone, unencumbered by possessions.

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NZ jazz in the 1920s: alcohol, dancing and sex

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:30:00 +1300

The annual Art Deco Festival is underway in Napier, embracing everything the era had to offer. Find out about the origins of the word “jazz”, the history of flappers and the Charleston, and New Zealand in the 1920s.

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Upbeat for Friday 16 Feb

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:00:00 +1300

Peter Hoar reviews French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra & producer Zoë George and Dr Aleisha Ward explore Jazz era NZ - music, dance ... and sex.

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Upbeat for Thursday 15 Feb

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:25:00 +1300

French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet discusses the composers who have influenced him, from  Bartok and Beethoven in his youth to Debussy as an adult. 

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Upbeat for Wednesday Feb 14

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:54:00 +1300

Film maker Reiner Moritz explores the life and times of composer, conductor and cultural politician Pierre Boulez.

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Opera’s such a drag…

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:00:00 +1300

Drag Queens combine with New Zealand Opera to celebrate the colourful and fascinating life of a legendary Aucklander Peter Taylor.

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Review: NZSO perform music from the movies

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:00:00 +1300

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra launched its first tour of 2018 on Friday night in fine fashion. Upbeat producer Zoë George reviews the music from the movies.

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Festival Opera’s Anna Pierard’s five favourites

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 13:00:00 +1300

Festival Opera founder Anna Pierard took time out of her busy Madame Butterfly schedule to discuss some of her favourite pieces of music.

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Jordi Savall’s musical time machine

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 13:15:00 +1300

Viol player Jordi Savall is taking the audience time travelling during the New Zealand Festival. He explains how he bridges the gap between old and new and how music is capable of transcending cultures, continents and history. 

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New Zealand Opera’s General Director Stuart Maunder is moving on

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 13:00:00 +1300

New Zealand Opera's General Director Stuart Maunder is leaving the company after four years at the helm. He tells Eva Radich about his time in NZ and where he's off to next.

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Tama Waipara: Love Me As I Am

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 13:20:00 +1300

It's ten years since the early death of prolific singer song-writer Mahinarangi Tocker. Mahinarangi composed more than 1000 songs exploring identity and aroha, many of them written in Te Reo Maori. Auckland Arts Festival celebrates her work with a show called Love Me As I Am directed by Tama Waipara and including several generations of artists, Maori and Pakeha. Tama met her when he was studying classical clarinet and talks about why her legacy is so strong, especially for Maori artists of today.

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NZSO’s Hamish McKeich’s top picks for 2018

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 13:15:00 +1300

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is shaking things up in the hopes of attracting new audiences to classical music. NZSO conductor Hamish McKeich chooses five diverse pieces that will be on offer from the Orchestra this year.

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What’s up with Upbeat

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 13:00:00 +1300

Explore the new shape of Upbeat with host David Morriss and Eva Radich. Find out what’s happening, how you can engage with the great stories we’re telling and what it means for the future.

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