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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.



 



CD Review: Sarajevo – Jian Liu

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:40:00 +1200

Sarajevo, a new release by Wellington pianist Jian Liu features a collection of New Zealand piano works from some of the country’s most eminent composers. The album features two contrasting works by Jack Body, the title track Sarajevo and On the Street Where I live, Gareth Farr’s The Horizon from Owhiro Bay, and works from Ross Harris and Anthony Ritchie. But are these works cohesive and complementary? Peter Mechen takes a listen to the artistry of Jian Liu.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170726-1335-cd_review_sarajevo_-_jian_liu-192.mp3




Don’t like classical guitar? You will now!

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +1200

If you don’t like classical guitar, you’ll change your mind once you’ve seen and heard Spanish virtuoso Pablo Sainz Villegas. He’s on tour with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and is considered to be one of the greatest classical guitarists in Spain. It’s not hard to see why he’s popular - he plays from the soul and he truly means every single note. He’s passionate, effervescent and utterly mesmerizing to watch.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170726-1301-dont_like_classical_guitar_you_will_now-192.mp3




Celebrating the weird and wonderful

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:44:00 +1200

Sugar and spice, and all things nice… and naughty make up a variety spectacular coming to Wellington. The Menagerie Deluxe combines burlesque, circus acts, opera singers, jazz vocalists, drag queens, and comedians in a show that celebrates the weird and wonderful. Producer Rachel Rouge discuses vaudeville, starting small, and how her own colorful past has helped bring the show to life.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170725-1347-celebrating_the_weird_and_wonderful-192.mp3




Kiwi culture inspires international trio

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:20:00 +1200

Tom Warrington and his trio are back in their adopted homeland for a small North Island tour. The bass player finds the New Zealand environment so restful and stimulating he has decided to make the country home.Tom Warrington takes time out of his teaching schedule at NZSM to talk about why he wants to become a Kiwi, the way the music industry has changed and the future for his students.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170725-1328-kiwi_culture_inspires_international_trio-192.mp3




Chamber Music brought to life with technology

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +1200

New Zealand pianist Xenia Pestova is playing a collection of new music by mostly contemporary and female composers as part of her Chamber Music New Zealand tour. One of the works she has commissioned from Miriama Young called The Grey Ghost, for piano and electronics, uses a bespoke App SyncSound which audience members can use to stream the electronic part during the performance from their Smartphones. Xenia and Miriama talk about this new way of helping audiences engage directly with the music.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170725-1301-chamber_music_brought_to_life_with_technology-192.mp3




The lifelong implications of telling children they can’t sing

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:45:00 +1200

Were you told as a child that you shouldn’t or couldn’t sing? What about being told you were tone deaf? As an adult do you sing now? Telling a child they can’t sing has life-long implications. But there are ways to reverse it. Zoë George speaks with Steven Demorest, an expert in choral singing from Northwestern University about talent versus skill, tone deafness and how we can encourage our children to sing up.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170724-1345-the_lifelong_implications_of_telling_children_they_cant_sing-192.mp3




New album for classical guitarist Gunter Herbig

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:20:00 +1200

The guitar’s at the centre of music performance in Aotearoa; everyone plays it from country and western through to rock stars and classical stylists. That’s been helped by the impact of the many classical guitarists who’ve made Aotearoa their home. Gunter Herbig is one of them. He talks about the ideas behind his new CD: Dream Weaving, New Zealand Guitar Music which includes everything from fellow guitarist Bruce Paine through to the extended electric style of John Rimmer’s Hauturu.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170724-1323-new_album_for_classical_guitarist_gunter_herbig-192.mp3




The Cunning Little Vixen

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +1200

Singers from the New Zealand School of Music are finding their inner animal as they bring to life Janáček’s opera The Cunning Little Vixen. Director Jon Hunter is turning convention on its head with his contemporary realisation of the opera. His Vixen sung by soprano Pascale Orchard lives on the fringes of both the animal and human worlds, as industrialisation takes over spaces where animals once lived.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170724-1301-the_cunning_little_vixen-192.mp3




Review: Violinist Alina Ibragimova with APO

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:40:00 +1200

European star violinist Alina Ibragimova gave a blistering account of the Bartok 2nd violin concerto last night with the APO and Giordano Bellincampi. Her Shostakovich was electrifying when the young violinist made her debut here five years ago so her return visit has been eagerly anticipated. Peter Hoar gives his gut reaction to her Bartok, a work not for the faint hearted. It was followed by a crisp and joyful performance of Schubert’s 5th Symphony.   


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170721-1342-review_violinist_alina_ibragimova_with_apo-192.mp3




Why conductors are polygamous

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:20:00 +1200

  Conductors are polygamous, according to Englishman Alexander Shelley, who is about to begin his fourth tour with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. This time he’s conducting Spanish classical guitarist soloist Pablo Sainz Villegas. He discusses Bartok, growing up in a musical family and how conducting the NZSO stands out for him as a very rewarding experience musically.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170721-1322-why_conductors_are_polygamous-192.mp3




The drug that is love

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +1200

What happens to your body when you fall in love? Is the reaction stronger than a drug? That’s the basis of The Effect at Auckland’s Q Theatre. A duo meet and fall in love while part of an anti-depressant clinical trial. Director Ben Henson discusses how the play questions who we really are and asks if our emotions can be controlled by chemicals.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170721-1300-the_drug_that_is_love-192.mp3




Lloyd Scott’s long and illustrious career

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:40:00 +1200

RNZ presenter Lloyd Scott is hanging up the headphones in August. He joins us to talk about his long and illustrious career in musicals, theatre productions, television, radio and beyond.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170720-1340-lloyd_scotts_long_and_illustrious_career-192.mp3




Superstar violinist with APO

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:20:00 +1200

Star violinist Alina Ibragimova is back to play with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra tonight after her memorable debut with the orchestra playing Shostakovich five years ago. This time she takes on another demanding twentieth century work: Bartok’s second Violin Concerto. Alina has become one of the most sought after violinists in Europe. She talks about her rich heritage, being successful at such a young age and why Bartok sits close to her heart.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170720-1323-superstar_violinist_with_apo-192.mp3




Young Kiwi tenor wins major international competition

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +1200

Kiwi young gun Filipe Manu has scooped the pool at the Australian Singing Competition, winning the Marianne Mathy Scholarship, and the Audience Prize. The twenty-four year old Auckland tenor receives the Mathy Scholarship worth $30,000 and a scholarship to attend the International Vocal Arts Institute New York after receiving the most votes on the night to win the Audience Prize as well.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170720-1301-young_kiwi_tenor_wins_major_international_competition-192.mp3




“Voice of the Tenor Horn” in Wellington

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:45:00 +1200

Scottish tenor horn player Sheona White is in New Zealand as a guest soloist for Wellington Brass Band this weekend. Known as the ‘Voice of the Tenor Horn’, Sheona took the brass band world by storm when she became the first tenor horn player, first Scot and first female to be declared British Open Solo Champion. She talks about her rapid rise to the top of what once was a male only preserve.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170719-1343-voice_of_the_tenor_horn_in_wellington-192.mp3




John Adams: composer at large

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +1200

American composer John Adams’ work has been a heard a lot by local audiences thanks to his long friendship with NZSO Music Director Edo de Waart. Adams discusses the role de Waart played in establishing his career, the challenges of being a career composer, his poor opinion of Frank Zappa, writing a new opera, and today’s divided American political landscape.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170719-1301-john_adams_composer_at_large-192.mp3




NZ International Film Fest top picks

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 13:45:00 +1200

The New Zealand International Film Festival opens this week in Auckland and then in a number of centres across the country. It features films from Cannes, kiwi documentaries and films that have interesting warnings, including one set on a mountain that’s not suitable for those with vertigo. NZIFF head Bill Gosden gives us a run down on what not to miss this festival season.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170718-1348-nz_international_film_fest_top_picks-192.mp3




The composer is dead!

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 13:20:00 +1200

The combination of decomposition (pun intended), deadpan humour and death is all part of a day’s work for up and coming conductor David Kay. He’s carrying the baton for Lemony Snicket: The Composer is Dead: a fun, family friendly musical by Nathaniel Stookey that reads like a whodunit of crimes against classical music. Who killed the composer? Why is the conductor carrying a suspicious black case? And why should we be suspecting the violins?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170718-1329-the_composer_is_dead-192.mp3




Imogen Thirlwall and friends

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +1200

Aspiring Wellington opera singer soprano Imogen Thirlwall is off to study in Berlin after being awarded a language scholarship from the Goethe-Institut New Zealand. To raise funds she is bringing a group of friends together for a special one off concert, performing some of her favourite music from Sondheim to Schumann and Bernstein to Britten.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170718-1300-imogen_thirlwall_and_friends-192.mp3




Review: Manon Lescaut

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:40:00 +1200

Peter Hoar reviews Manon Lescaut, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra’s Opera in Concert led by Music Director Giordano Bellincampi. This was Puccini’s break through opera with all the ingredients of a smash hit.  Upbeat reviewer Peter Hoar describes how the stage was used to suggest various spaces and settings and says the singing and playing were of such a high calibre it was just as moving and powerful an experience as if it had been staged.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170717-1342-review_manon_lescaut-192.mp3




A Doll’s House: Re-imagined by Emily Perkins

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:20:00 +1200

A re-imagining of the Ibsen classic A Doll’s House by Emily Perkins will be staged at Circa Theatre next month. This modern take on Ibsen’s nineteenth century play which provoked a storm of controversy by examining how marriage deprived women of their rights, drops the plot into present-day New Zealand. Director Katherine McRae was inspired to stage the play by the continued relevance of the domestic politics at the heart of Ibsen’s play. The team includes sound designer Pete Edge who returns to theatre after fifteen years.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170717-1321-a_dolls_house_re-imagined_by_emily_perkins-192.mp3




The benefits of singing to babies

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +1200

Singing to babies strengthens the attachment between mother and infant and encourages children to self-regulate. It can also help mothers with postnatal depression and benefit babies with Down's Syndrome, says a music therapy professor.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170717-1300-the_benefits_of_singing_to_babies-192.mp3




Young People’s Guide to the Orchestra

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:40:00 +1200

NZSO National Youth Orchestra Composers-in-Residence Celeste Oram and Reuben Jelleyman will have their commissioned works played by the NZSO Youth Orchestra tonight in Wellington and tomorrow in Auckland. The National Youth Orchestra is led by Sir James MacMillan the programme also includes Veni, Veni, Emmanuel featuring percussionist Colin Currie with the NYO and Benjamin Britten’s Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170714-1342-young_peoples_guide_to_the_orchestra-192.mp3




Young and Hungry

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:20:00 +1200

Dunedin playwright and writing mentor Emily Duncan likes to go to dark places. For her PhD in Theatre Studies thesis she wrote a play about a former tuberculosis sanatorium and borstal in Otago. Most of her stories revolve around dysfunctional relationships. Her script for the Young and Hungry festival is about a TV reality show host who gets more than he bargained for when two of his show’s former contestants invade his celebrity perfect home to take their revenge on him. 


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170714-1326-young_and_hungry-192.mp3




Orchestra Wellington fundraise for fellow musician

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +1200

The orchestra is like a family, and when a family member is unwell everyone wants to help. Violinist Slava Fainitski has been a member of Orchestra Wellington for over 25 years. He recently had a stroke and is having specialist rehabilitation. Orchestra Wellington has a fundraising concert Saturday night for Slava. His friends cellist Brenton Veitch and double bassist Alexander Gunchenko discuss how much Slava has contributed to OW since he first arrived from Ukraine.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170714-1301-orchestra_wellington_fundraise_for_fellow_musician-192.mp3




The Black Seeds’ new beat

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:40:00 +1200

Wellington reggae-soul band The Black Seeds are back with a new beat and a new album. 2018 will mark 20 years of the band and their new album Fabric offers a mix of funk, soul, and Afrobeat. Lead vocalist Barnaby Weir talks about the musical ideas behind the album and the new single Freakin’, representing NZ on the international stage and how the band keeps on evolving.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170713-1342-the_black_seeds_new_beat-192.mp3




The Road That Wasn’t There leads to Edinburgh

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:20:00 +1200

The Road that Wasn’t There, by Trick of the Light Theatre Company, is heading to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival after performances in Auckland and Wellington. The play has its roots in the magic realism of writers like Margaret Mahy. The story follows a young woman who strays from the beaten track and finds herself in a paper world. It seems a land of possibilities but she soon discovers what happens in the fictional world can have frighteningly real consequences.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170713-1328-the_road_that_wasnt_there_leads_to_edinburgh-192.mp3




Te Kōkī Trio’s first release

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +1200

Te Kōkī Trio from New Zealand School of Music in Wellington has just put out its first release on the Rattle label, a CD of Debussy sonatas and Piano Trio. Violinist Martin Riseley, cellist Inbal Megiddo and pianist Jian Liu have been totally egalitarian: each gets their moment in the spotlight as the three play a Debussy violin sonata, a cello sonata and a piano trio. The trio discuss their music choices and their collaborative work at the New Zealand School of Music.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170713-1300-te_koki_trios_first_release-192.mp3




Kiwi pianist off to Covent Garden

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 13:25:00 +1200

Royal New Zealand Ballet’s rehearsal pianist Michael Pansters has landed a gig of a life time at the Royal Opera House in London. He’s off on his adventure later this month, taking the role of rehearsal pianist for the Royal Ballet. His first tasks will be working with the company’s Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Winter’s Tale, and Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett’s new production of Swan Lake.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170712-1335-kiwi_pianist_off_to_covent_garden-192.mp3




What the judge is looking for

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +1200

London based Australian pianist Piers Lane is in the country to judge the Wallace National Piano Competition. He explains what he’ll be looking for from the young pianists, how demanding competing can be, and how as a young man from Australia he was able to establish an international touring career as a pianist.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170712-1302-what_the_judge_is_looking_for-192.mp3




Zelda, storytelling for the gaming generation

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 13:40:00 +1200

Music has the ability to transport us to different places, to tell stories, to take us on adventures. And that is why music and video games go so well together. In August the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra will be performing The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses which features music from Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda games. Producer Jason Michael Paul explains more.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170711-1348-zelda_storytelling_for_the_gaming_generation-192.mp3




Manon’s choice: A life of luxury or true love?

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 13:20:00 +1200

A young woman has to choose between a life of material luxury or true love. That’s the basis of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, Auckland Philharmonia’s 2017 opera in concert. New Zealand opera singers Bianca Andrew and James Ioelu will join a lineup of international names, and the New Zealand Opera Chorus for the one-off performance this Friday.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170711-1323-manons_choice_a_life_of_luxury_or_true_love-192.mp3




Kuijken Quartet: a family affair

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +1200

Husband Sigiswald Kuijken, wife Marleen Thiers and daughter Sara Kuijken are three quarters of the Kuijken Quartet. They are currently on a Chamber Music New Zealand tour performing Hayden and Mozart quartets on period instruments. Father and daughter explain the family dynamics, why music making is central to their lives and how playing Kuijken style has made them unique.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170711-1301-kuijken_quartet_a_family_affair-192.mp3




Kiwi poet receives international award

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 13:50:00 +1200

Translating English, and other languages into Spanish has been part of Madrid based New Zealand poet Charles Olsen’s creative journey. He’s only learnt Spanish since moving to Spain fourteen years ago. But that didn’t stop him from creating interesting poetic works. He has been awarded POETAS DE OTROS MUNDOS (‘Poets From Other Worlds’) awarded by the Fondo Poético Internacional (‘International Poetry Fund’) for his poetry. He discusses how his passion for flamenco guitar led to a new interest in video poetry. 


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170710-1347-kiwi_poet_receives_international_award-192.mp3




REVIEW: Orchestra Wellington & Michael Houstoun

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 13:25:00 +1200

Michael Houstoun played for a marathon 90 minutes, performing two concertos with Orchestra Wellington on Friday night. Peter Mechen reviews Houstoun’s performance of two concertos in D Minor: Mozart’s no 20, and Brahms’ 1st Piano Concerto; the concert began with a rare performance of Debussy’s Jeux.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170710-1328-review_orchestra_wellington_and_michael_houstoun-192.mp3




Gabriel Prokofiev: classical but not traditional

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +1200

Composer and DJ Gabriel Prokofiev – the grandson of the composer Sergei – wants people to hear and open up to classical music as simply music. Part of his strategy is the Nonclassical record label and London club night.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170710-1301-gabriel_prokofiev_changing_the_way_people_interact_with_music-192.mp3




Performance opportunities for the very young.

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 13:45:00 +1200

  Hundreds of young New Zealand musicians have been given performance opportunities thanks to the Lewis Eady Junior Music Contest. The competition, which has been going for 35 years, is on again this weekend in Auckland. John Eady explains the importance of the competition and how his family business has been providing musical instruments to kiwi musicians for 137 years.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170707-1344-performance_opportunities_for_the_very_young-192.mp3




Bach, beer and bowling alleys

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 13:30:00 +1200

Can you imagine listening to Bach in a bowling alley? What about in a beer hall with raucous people sitting around you?  Listening to Bach outside the traditional concert hall environment is what the Portland (Maine) Bach Festival is all about and it is attracting new people to classical music.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170707-1329-bach_beer_and_bowling_alleys-192.mp3




M’lady – A Meninist Musical

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +1200

Men’s rights activists are being put in the spotlight for new musical M’Lady – A Meninist Musical.  Written by Cassandra Tse, and James Cain, with music from Michael Stebbings the show morphed from being a bit of a joke idea about pick up artists, to an all singing, all dancing spectacular. The music draws inspiration from A Chorus Line, Pippin, Tommy, My Fair Lady, The Lion King and Mary Poppins and is performed by an all female cast.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170707-1301-mlady_-_a_meninist_musical-192.mp3




NYC musical comes to South Auckland

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 13:20:00 +1200

Lin-Manuel Miranda has become a household name for those who love musical theatre. He’s the award winning composer behind the Broadway smash hit Hamilton. But before Hamilton fame he wrote hip-hop musical In The Heights which centres on the Hispanic-American neighbourhood Washington Heights in New York. It touches on issues of racism, poverty, education and relationships. It’s come to South Auckland under the guidance of Musical director Josh Clark and director Adam Spedding.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170706-1326-nyc_musical_comes_to_south_auckland-192.mp3




DSO’s vibrant guest conductor

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +1200

Richard Davis is bringing his vibrant conducting style to Dunedin this week. According to Bachtrack he virtually dances on the podium, and it’s all quite new for Richard. He’s only recently swapped his flute for a baton and relocated from Manchester to Melbourne. He conducts the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra’s Italian Inspirations concerts this weekend with soloist Luca Manghi in a programme that features two flute concertos, and Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony .


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170706-1300-dsos_vibrant_guest_conductor-192.mp3




Honing the accent

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 13:45:00 +1200

Can you imagine the great operas performed with an antipodean twang? Teresa Desmarchelier helps performers from this side of the world refine their voice for the stage. She’s Australia’s leading lyric diction coach and is in New Zealand to work with young performers at the Kiri Foundation this week. She explains the biggest challenges facing kiwi performers and what they need to do to become world class.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170705-1346-honing_the_accent-192.mp3




Bringing humour to politics

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 13:30:00 +1200

The queens of political satire Lorae Parry and Pinky Agnew are back, injecting humour into the election with their show Destination Beehive. It opens at Circa theatre this week and follows the spinners and the winners, the wannabes, the has-beens and never-have-beens as they sing and dance their way through scandals, loop holes and an in-studio election. Director Jan Bolwell and musical director Clinton Zerf discuss the need to inject humour into politics.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170705-1314-bringing_humour_to_politics-192.mp3




Dynamic Duo Colin Currie & James MacMillan

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +1200

Colin Currie has played James MacMillan’s percussion concerto Veni, Veni, Emmanuel so many times it’s part of his DNA; high time then for the two Scotsmen to collaborate on a second concerto for percussion and orchestra. Currie and MacMillan deliver the result with the NZSO in its Bold Worlds concerts this week with the composer also conducting. The programme features other British music from Thomas Adès and Ralph Vaughan Williams.   


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170705-1300-dynamic_duo_colin_currie_and_james_macmillan-192.mp3




Jekyll & Hyde with a kiwi twist

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 13:40:00 +1200

A complete reworking of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Jekyll & Hyde opens tonight at Auckland’s Basement Theatre. It has a uniquely kiwi twist – Mr Hyde is so evil that he punches the cleaning lady, drop-kicks a precious kererū and yells ‘shark’ at the beach. Director Leo Gene Peters explains why it’s important to bring a kiwi flavour to a famous story.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170704-1345-jekyll_and_hyde_with_a_kiwi_twist-192.mp3




Puccini’s “musically modern” Manon Lescaut

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 13:20:00 +1200

1893 marked the first performance of Pucini’s Manon Lescaut, a fiery passionate interpretation of a novel by Abbé Prévost about a girl gone bad already used by Jules Massenet for his popular opera. It was Puccini’s first great success making him famous. Manon Lescaut is being performed by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra next week and music director Giordano Bellincampi believes the piece gave the composer the chance to write something very musically modern.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170704-1330-puccinis_musically_modern_manon_lescaut-192.mp3




Concert master works with master of concertos

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +1200

Orchestra Wellington’s concert master Amalia Hall has only been in the role a short time, but she’s achieved a lot. This week she oversees the orchestra with Michael Houstoun as he performs a concerto marathon in one concert: Mozart piano concerto No. 20 and Brahms’ first piano concerto.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170704-1301-concert_master_works_with_master_of_concertos-192.mp3




How to listen to great orchestral music

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 13:35:00 +1200

Does the idea of trying to understand classical music send your head in a spin? Or do you think your listening skills could need sharpening? The famed Juilliard School and Berlin Philharmonic are offering an online course on how to listen to great music for orchestra. The goal is to make classical music more accessible and to grow the understanding of orchestra music. Dr Michael Griffel, the head of the Juilliard’s music history department explains more.


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http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170703-1334-how_to_listen_to_great_orchestral_music-192.mp3




Reshaping an iconic opera

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +1200

International tenor Tom Randle is one of the key figures in New Zealand Opera’s reshaping of Bizet’s Carmen. Tom plays Don José the jilted lover of Carmen, who turns to violence when she leaves him for a new lover. It’s a story we see in the news all too often. Tom talks about how he and the NZ Opera cast have worked with director Lindy Hume to refocus Bizet’s opera on the domestic abuse at the heart of Carmen.


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http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170703-1301-reshaping_an_iconic_opera-192.mp3




Dance of the cheese-makers

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 14:26:00 +1200

Cheese making is an unlikely subject for a dance work but it's the next course in Java Dance Company's artisan series, following shows about bread and wine.


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http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sro/sro-20170702-1426-dance_of_the_cheese-makers-128.mp3




The artistic drive of Andrew Foster

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 13:40:00 +1200

Actor, designer, director: Andrew Foster is a freelance theatre worker which means he never limits himself to one discipline. This winter he plays a lead character in Anthony McCarten’s play Weed at Circa in Wellington. At the same time he’s preparing to direct Caging Skies, a new play by Desiree Gezentsvey and designing a dance work with his wife Sarah Foster Sproull. He talks about the artistic drive that motivates his life. 


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http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170630-1340-the_artistic_drive_of_andrew_foster-192.mp3




Help Save Hamilton’s Musical Future

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 13:20:00 +1200

That’s how Tuesday’s collective action at the University of Waikato was billed.  With the Conservatorium of Music is facing a restructure and the public was invited to come and show how much the University programme is to Hamilton’s cultural life. Convenor of the Music programme Michael Williams describes how community support might help solve the problems the Conservatorium faces.


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http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170630-1322-help_save_hamiltons_musical_future-192.mp3




Tim Minchin: music making and social activism

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +1200

Social activism isn’t something Australian composer, lyricist and comedian Tim Minchin tries to focus on too much. But his tune 'Come Home (Cardinal Pell)', has come into the spotlight again this week following Australia’s highest ranking Catholic being charged with historic sex offences.


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http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170630-1302-tim_minchin_music_making_and_social_activism-192.mp3




Larger than life

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 13:40:00 +1200

Chris Rex Martin, Shadrack Simi and Brady Peeti play three musical brothers who get the opportunity of a life time… to open for Kiwi music legend John Rowles. Their show Larger than Life, which is on at the Herald Theatre in Auckland this week, really is larger than life and features music from Prince Tui Teka, the Top Twins, Tim Finn and everything in between. They play live in our studio for Producer Zoe George.


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http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170629-1340-larger_than_life-192.mp3




Finding your voice through music therapy

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 13:20:00 +1200

For just the second time Music Therapy New Zealand is holding an awareness week starting this Saturday. It’s a nationwide celebration under the Theme “Finding Your Voice”. Music therapy is tailor-made to suit each client as Kathryn Stevenson explains. She is New Zealand’s only vision impaired music therapist and is presenting at the International Music Therapy Congress in Japan and talks about the latest therapy techniques being used.


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http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170629-1321-finding_your_voice_through_music_therapy-192.mp3




From accompanist to conductor to musical director

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +1200

Thomas Nikora is stepping up to a new role, moving from accompanist to conductor and now to musical director for Cantoris Choir in Wellington. The young conductor brings extensive choral experience to the choir, having sung in choirs himself including Orpheus, Nota Bene and Victoria Voices. He explains the leap between the three roles, and how he’s hoping to develop Cantoris in future.


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http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170629-1301-from_accompanist_to_conductor_to_musical_director-192.mp3




Review: Black Grace – As Night Falls

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:40:00 +1200

Jennifer Shennan reviews Neil Ieremia’s As Night Falls by Black Grace. The dance company is on a seven date tour across the country following a very successful Auckland season. The artistic director describes the new work as a poetic ode to our troubled world, touching on equality and humanity. It’s set to the timeless music of Vivaldi.


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http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170628-1340-review_black_grace_-_as_night_falls-192.mp3




NZ Guitar Quartet on Tour

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:20:00 +1200

The New Zealand Guitar Quartet are on the road for Arts On Tour. The four uniquely accomplished guitarists bring an infectious energy to the concert stage. Recently returned from concerts in Australia and China, the NZGQ is building an international reputation that transcends geographical and historical borders. On tour they’ll play a range of styles including gypsy jazz, bluegrass, Celtic and flamenco.


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http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170628-1320-nz_guitar_quartet_on_tour-192.mp3




Helping deaf people hear music

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +1200

This week at Auckland's Civic Theatre, West Side Story will be translated into sign language, so deaf audience members can enjoy the show.  Kelly Hodgins explains the intricacies of translating speech, song lyrics, rhythm and melody simultaneously.


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http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20170628-1300-helping_deaf_people_hear_music-192.mp3