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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.


Blonde, Mia Blonde

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:40:00 +1300

Mia 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.

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Counsel in Concert

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:20:00 +1300

Counsel 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.

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Pierard perfect for Prima Donna

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +1300

Rufus 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. 

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Christmas in Levin

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:40:00 +1300

The 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.

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Personal growth through performance

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:20:00 +1300

John 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.

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Ancient college choir tours

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +1300

Corpus 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.

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A Blonde walked into the Bar

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:45:00 +1300

Broadway 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.

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At the Beach this summer

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:40:00 +1300

This 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.

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Neo Classical gallery’s bright future

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:20:00 +1300

The 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.

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No organ performance space in Capital?

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +1300

Following 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.

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Fortune lineup for 2017

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:45:00 +1300

Jonathan 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.

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These are a few of my favourite sings

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:20:00 +1300

Sisters 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]

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Orchestra Wellington : The Impresario Season ‘17

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +1300

Music 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.

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The Planets Align?

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:30:00 +1300

Peter 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.

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Winner of the Gisborne International Music Competition

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:15:00 +1300

RNZ 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.

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The Us in I

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +1300

Life’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.

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Trouble at RNZB?

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:55:00 +1300

We try to unravel the difficulties at the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

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Todd Young Composers 2016

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:30:00 +1300

Kirsten Johnstone goes backstage with the eight Todd young composers: Louisa Nicklin, Daniel Sun, Josiah Carr, Jay Greenberg, Evangelina Telfar, Eleanore Chen, Reuben Jelleyman.  

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Poking fun or serious stuff?

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:10:00 +1300

Stories 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.

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Competition fierce in Gisborne

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:45:00 +1300

The 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.

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Once in a lifetime

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:40:00 +1300

Delvin 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.

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Something to soak in over summer

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:20:00 +1300

Visual 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.

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Following the Sacred Heart

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +1300

Michael 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.

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Drawing on success

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:40:00 +1300

Only 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.

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The next stage for female Maori playwright

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:20:00 +1300

Award 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.

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What the heck?!

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +1300

Wellington 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.

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Art behind bars

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:40:00 +1300

Art 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.

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Singing School attracts top staff

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:20:00 +1300

The 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.

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Not 10 but four guitars

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +1300

Jack 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.

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Broadway for the next generation

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:45:00 +1300

It’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.

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NZSO goes to the movies

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:20:00 +1300

The 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.

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A German Christmas

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +1300

Bach 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.

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Farewelling Favourite Art

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 13:40:00 +1300

The 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

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Managing Monet

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 13:20:00 +1300

Monet’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.

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Cusp of Oblivion

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +1300

Arguably 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.     

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Scarlet and Gold

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 13:40:00 +1300

The 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.

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Cresswell named as Arts Laureate

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 13:20:00 +1300

Leading 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.

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Chamber comp comes to Christchurch

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +1300

The 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.

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Stepping into the spotlight

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 13:40:00 +1300

One 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.

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Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum…

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 13:20:00 +1300

With 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.

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The Beautiful Ones

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +1300

Dance, 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.

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Up and coming Maestro gets new job with the APO

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:20:00 +1300

Young 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.

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Celebrating Common Ground

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +1300

Public 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.

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Where to after Venice Biennale?

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:40:00 +1300

Upbeat’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.

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The art of painting with wine

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:20:00 +1300

Many 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.

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Cello festival’s celebrated performers

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +1300

Cellophonia, 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.

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Graduates put through tough steps

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:40:00 +1300

International 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.

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Kiwi soprano plays Greek queen

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:20:00 +1300

New 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.

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Force of Nature

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +1300

It’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.

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Some fun in the oven

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 13:40:00 +1300

Combine 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.

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To be or not to be… an actor

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 13:20:00 +1300

Are 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.

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Hudson and Halls: Loving Cooking

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +1300

Before 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!

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New album marks milestone

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 13:40:00 +1300

New 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.  

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New Generation Winner

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +1300

New 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.

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There’s no place like home

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 13:40:00 +1300

Royal 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.

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Scrooge to steal the show

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 13:20:00 +1300

It’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.  

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Broadway comes to Wellington

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +1300

Musical 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.

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Back by popular demand

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 13:40:00 +1300

Last 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.

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Nature in sound

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 13:20:00 +1300

The 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.  

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Small but powerful

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +1300

Camerata 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. 

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