Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:01:00 +1300What makes a child persevere with an instrument?
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:50:00 +1300Emere Wano from Womad discusses some of the names and acts coming to New Plymouth in 2017. Women and politics are dominant themes among the artists including Brazilian Bebel Gilberto, Grammy award winner Oumou Sangaré, Hanoi Masters and Brushy One String.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:40:00 +1300Young writers from around the country will take to the stage this weekend to compete in the Rising Voices Youth Poetry Slam finals. Carrie Rudzinski knows all too well what it’s like to stand up and compete at the highest level, ranking 4th in the world at the 2014 Women of the World Poetry Slam.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:20:00 +1300Veteran Wellington bass Roger Wilson looks back on a long career as he prepares for a weekend birthday celebration through song.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +1300Mention dance in New Zealand and more often than not Malia Johnston’s name will pop up. Her experience stretches far and wide, from WOW, to working with Rodney Bell on Meremere. Malia was awarded the Creative NZ Choreographic Fellowship in 2013. Her latest project involved working with the cast of Billy Elliott, the musical, including one of her lead boys who had never danced before. Malia talks about giving everyone in the cast the confidence to shine.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:45:00 +1300Most musical performers hope their audiences stay awake but Jeremy Mayall and Kent Macpherson are encouraging their audience to bring a sleeping bag and pillow for their concert To Sleep, which will be the second longest continuous piece of music to be performed anywhere. It is also the first sleep concert in New Zealand.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:30:00 +1300Life is the theme for Footnote NZ Dance’s biggest work of the year. Lifeworld (In five parts) is choreographed by Claire O’Neil and explores concepts around the human condition and the world we create around us.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +1300New Zealand Opera has announced its 2017 programme that includes three operas ranging across the spectrum. General Director Stuart Maunder discusses how well 2016 went for the company including its first foray into musical theatre with Sweeney Todd, and what is in store for 2017.
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:40:00 +1300The Royal New Zealand Ballet has announced its 2017 season that will see the company give 70 performances across 16 New Zealand cities and towns. Perennial favourites Carmen and Romeo and Juliet return, along with Tutus on Tour.
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:20:00 +130040 year old Matthew Shilvock has been at the head of one of the largest opera companies in the world for just three months but his succession has been 10 years in the planning. He rose through the ranks of the San Francisco Opera and is bringing thoughtfulness, youth and innovation to the 93 year old company.
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +1300Dutch piano virtuoso Ronald Brautigam is in New Zealand to perform one of Mozart’s most loved concertos, No 24 in C Minor, with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Edo de Waart. Brautigam is famed for his performances on fortepiano; he’ll be transferring his talents to modern piano for this not-to-be-missed concert series.
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:40:00 +1300The Nelson Arts Festival is well underway, and within it includes talks and diffusions from publishers and authors. Publisher Bridget Williams knows all too well about how difficult the industry is and having to adapt to survive, especially in New Zealand.
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:30:00 +1300Rachel Hyde reviews Orchestra Wellington’s final concert in the Last Words themed series. Saturday’s concert featured two pieces from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, and Bartok’s last musical love letter, performed by Michael Houstoun.
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:15:00 +1300Jennifer Shennan gives an overview of the interesting, the insightful and the invigorating at the Tempo Dance Festival. The festival includes more than 700 artists from all walks of life and 50 events, shows and workshops across 12 days.
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +1300Making music with sharp tools is not for the faint of heart, but the rewards are beyond measure. Just ask Dr John Egenes, Lecturer in Contemporary Music at the University of Otago. He’s hosting a masterclass in how to turn the humble handsaw into a mystical instrument.
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 13:40:00 +1300Cacti usually are usually a bit spikey, and probably not the best bed-fellows on stage, but they represent more than just plants in a dark, whimsical show opening at the Basement tomorrow. Director Freya Boyle, actor Lizzie Morris and young musician Doug Grant talk about how Lucinda the Cactus Girl takes a fantastical look at the issue of social isolation and escape into fantasy.
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 13:20:00 +1300The Auckland Shakespeare Company is taking a step in a new direction with their very first professional show Lucrece, based on Shakespeare’s darkest narrative poem The Rape of Lucrece. Director Rita Stone and producer Mary Rinaldi explain why this is such a big milestone for the company.
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 13:15:00 +1300Wellington ukulele group Free and Frank is putting the rock into bureaucracy with their catchy covers about the capital and working in central government. The group consists of public servants, singing and strumming tunes about Lambton Quay, the Mt Victoria tunnel and meetings. They’ll perform at the Wellington Folk Festival over Labour weekend.
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +1300Auckland Art Gallery is celebrating stories told through Gottfried Lindauer’s brush strokes. Gallery principal conservator Sarah Hillary talks about gathering Lindauer’s works, the techniques that made him so unique and how to spot a forgery.
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:40:00 +1300Manifesto 2083 is an insight into the mind of someone who killed 77 people and injured more than 2000. The play, on during the Nelson Arts Festival, addresses how Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik became radicalised in order to commit an act of terror. Director Anders Falstie-Jensen discusses the dark reality of this piece.
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:20:00 +1300Elizabeth Kerr reviews two significant concerts from the past week. The Bold Worlds concert from the NZSO last weekend featured top violinist Anne Akiko Meyers playing a work written for her by American composer Mason Bates. And also the London Conchord Ensemble, an elite eight piece wind band touring the country for Chamber Music New Zealand.
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +1300Michael Houstoun takes to the stage tomorrow to perform Bartok’s Piano Concerto No 3 with Orchestra Wellington. Conducted by Marc Taddei, the work was written by Bartok in the final stages of his life. Michael also discusses his next Everest: the Beethoven violin sonatas he will play next year.
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 13:40:00 +1300One trombone is great, but eight is magnificent according to Aucktet founder Grant Sinclair. The octet includes the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra’s Principal Trombonist Tak Chun Lai.
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 13:20:00 +1300Chamber Music New Zealand’s Peter Walls takes us through a music journey of what to expect in 2017, from baroque jazz fusion, to string quartet royalty. Highlights include Masaaki Suzuki and Julliard415; the Takács Quartet, and Michael Houstoun and Bella Hristova together again.
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +1300The University of Otago Department of Music is undergoing a big restructure which will see the loss of many staff jobs. Pro-vice chancellor Tony Ballantyne explains what this means for staff, students and the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra. The Orchestra’s Manager Phillippa Harris responds to the proposal from the University.
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 13:40:00 +1300Bishop Selwyn Chapel at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Auckland hosts its inaugural concert this weekend. James and Sally Tibbles give the first public performance in the space on Saturday, with their baroque music on harpsicord and flute. The concert also marks 40 years since James was appointed Organ Scholar at Holy Trinity Cathedral and 30 year since he was appointed Director of Music.
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 13:20:00 +13001.20pm Bass player DeWayne Pate and keyboardist Dave Mathews get funky with Rodger Fox. Both bring their ample experience working with big named musicians, from Santana, Pat Benatar, Huey Lewis and the news, to Tower of Power, to kiwi shores for a series of concerts and workshops.
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +13001.00pm Violinist Helene Pohl turns soloist this weekend for a St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra concert in Auckland, conducted by Michael Joel. Pohl premieres a Concerto written especially for her by Louise Webster as well as playing Prokofiev’s 2nd violin concerto.
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 13:40:00 +1300Contemporary Swedish folk band the Goodland Trio is touring the country with their original music played on accordion, soprano sax and guitar. They will finish up their 14 gig tour at the Wellington Folk Festival over Labour weekend. Hanna Wiskari Griffiths, Jonathan Larsson and Oskar Reuter perform live in the studio.
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 13:20:00 +1300Water ballet company Wet Hot Beauties is bringing their third full length show to the 2017 Auckland Festival. Girl power is the theme of Sea Change which explores feelings, experiences and ideas associated with being a modern day woman. Group founders singer Judy Dale and playwright Pip Hall discuss how jumping into the deep end has turned into an art form.
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +1300Triumphs and Other Alternatives, set in an artist’s workshop, combines dance, clowning, visual arts and theatre craft. It tells the story of a vulnerable, obsessive and narcissistic character who wants to leave his mark on the world. The innovative dance works stars Ross McCormack, who also directed and designed the show.
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 13:40:00 +1300London Conchord Ensemble has landed in New Zealand for Chamber Music New Zealand’s final concert tour of 2016. Pianist Julian Milford explains why eight principals from top London orchestras spend their spare time playing chamber music together. For Julian this trip is extra special: he visits his New Zealand resident sister for the first time.
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 13:20:00 +1300The Royal New Zealand Air Force Band conductor is taking flight in Wellington this week with two concerts. Simon Brew is joining forces with the Wellington Youth Orchestra to perform Tchaikovsky's Symphony no. 6, the William Tell Overture and Bruch's Violin Concerto. Then on Sunday night he brings the Proms to the Opera House with the band performing military marches, show tunes and music from films.
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +1300The jazz festival is back in Auckland over the next 12 days, bringing both local and international acts together to perform swing, soul and every note in between with a jazz vibe. Collaboration is a key theme for this year’s festival with big international names jamming with homegrown talent. Co-directors Caroline and Roger Manins explain the intricacies of getting the right beat for the festival.
Fri, 07 Oct 2016 13:40:00 +1300Four short plays by American playwright Tennessee Williams will be on stage at the Basement in Auckland later this month. These rarely done early works share a common theme with Williams’ later famous plays: post-depression America, social conservatism and intolerance of those who are different. Actors Emma Deakin and Paul Trimmer discuss the model of experienced actors working with younger performers for this Black Doris production.
Fri, 07 Oct 2016 13:20:00 +1300Peter Hoar reviews Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra's performance with conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy. Did the famous maestro live up to expectations? The programme was Einojuhani Rautavaara's Isle of Bliss, the Strauss Oboe Concerto with Gordon Hunt, and Sibelius's Second Symphony.
Fri, 07 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +1300Bach Musica is doubling in size to perform Verdi’s Requiem in Hamilton and Auckland this weekend. Often referred to as “an opera, in church clothing” the work has such dramatic intensity that soloists Morag Atchison and Catrin Johnsson revel in the passions A chorus of more than 100 voices helps brings the story alive.
Thu, 06 Oct 2016 13:40:00 +1300New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s new associate principal bassoonist Vicky Crowell has played around the world, including on the West End. But earlier this year she made the move to NZ, far from home. She chats about reeds, the art of double tonguing (yes seriously, it’s a musical thing!) and how peer pressure led her to bungee jump off the Auckland Harbour Bridge.
Thu, 06 Oct 2016 13:20:00 +1300Well known Wellington musician and Director of Music at St Mary of the Angels, Robert Oliver, gives an insight into playing the stringed Renaissance/Baroque instrument the viol. His group, the Palliser Viols, will also perform this weekend at Te Papa, exposing new audiences to these ancient instruments.
Thu, 06 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +1300Vladimir Ashkenazy, arguably one of the best pianists of our time, nearly didn’t make it to the conducting podium, as he tells RNZ Concert in his only New Zealand interview.
Wed, 05 Oct 2016 13:40:00 +1300Andy Reiss quit his day job to follow his love of musical theatre to perform in the first show of Les Miserables outside of London. That was 20 years ago and since then the famed musical has inspired him and David Fawcett to create Beyond the Barricade, which is currently touring the country.
Wed, 05 Oct 2016 13:20:00 +1300New Zealand Symphony Orchestra turns 70 in 2017. Chief Executive Chris Blake and Concertmaster Vesa-Matti Leppänen discuss how the orchestra will celebrate this milestone.
Wed, 05 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +1300There are some rather big names in the New Zealand Opera’s season of Sweeney Todd – Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Antoinette Halloran and Helen Medlyn to name a few. But young talent Joel Granger as Tobias shows he’s got the chops to steal the show from the stars in Sondheim’s operatic musical.
Tue, 04 Oct 2016 13:40:00 +1300Former New Zealand Symphony Orchestra violinist Angela Lindsay pays tribute to her old friend the well known conductor Sir Neville Marriner, who died earlier this week, aged 92.
Tue, 04 Oct 2016 13:20:00 +1300A couple of years ago Royal New Zealand Ballet dancer Joseph Skelton was hit by a bus and it was thought he’d never walk without a limp again. But now he is leaping across the ditch to perform in Australian Ballet’s Giselle as a guest principal dancer – the first time a New Zealander has been invited.
Tue, 04 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +1300Christchurch Symphony Orchestra’s chief conductor Benjamin Northey looks ahead to the classical, creative and curious pieces the CSO will perform in 2017. From Romeo and Juliet and Beethoven, to David Bowie and Lemony Snicket, there’s something to evoke emotion even in the most discerning concert goer.
Mon, 03 Oct 2016 13:45:00 +1300New Zealand poet, musician, artist and Creative New Zealand’s Berlin Writer in Residence Hinemoana Baker invites Upbeat’s Vincent O’Donnell inside for a catch up about what the residency means for her creative process.
Mon, 03 Oct 2016 13:30:00 +1300Deborah White takes us on a journey through garden paths, galleries and grassy knolls, exploring the 2016 Artweek Auckland festival, which will present 1000 artists across 100 venues over 10 days.
Mon, 03 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +1300Foremost American violinist Anne Akiko Meyers brings the most valuable antique violin in the world to New Zealand, to perform a work written especially for her by American composer Mason Bates. She performs with the NZSO in three concerts only in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland.
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:40:00 +1300Christopher Marshall’s latest work, Soul Journeys, is about to be premiered in a free Auckland Chamber Orchestra concert. It’s a guitar concerto, composed especially for Matthew Marshall, one of NZ’s finest guitarists.
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:20:00 +1300Salina Fisher has been named as the winner of the SOUNZ Contemporary Award 2016 at the APRA Silver Scroll Awards held in Auckland's Vector Arena.
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +1300Doryun Chong is in New Zealand to be part of the judging panel for contemporary art award; the Walters Prize, and was previously Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Now Doryun is Deputy Director and Chief Curator of an upcoming Hong Kong Museum called M+. He’s worked for M+ since 2013, but its actual building won’t be ready for exhibits until 2019. Clarissa Dunn asks Doryun: what needs to be done to establish a museum if it doesn’t have a physical space?
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:40:00 +1300One of the world’s most popular funk bands Tower of Power, a staple of Californian soul-funk, is about to bring their revue to Auckland. They’ve been 48 years on the road and the ever changing band line-up has seen the group change while staying true to the horn-led, groove focused sound they established in 1968. And they’re busier and more in demand than ever! Eva Radich spoke to Tower Of Power founding member, saxophonist and bandleader Emilio Castillo.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:20:00 +1300The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is the famous display of military bands on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle, that hundreds of thousands of people see come to see every year. In 2016 Charlotte Naden was in the middle of it all. Charlotte’s a student of the University of Auckland, majoring in Classical Bassoon and Geography: but she also plays the Scottish Fiddle.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +1300As part of Arts Festival Dunedin The Dunedin Symphony Orchestra is performing a brand new oratorio by Anthony Ritchie called Gallipoli to the Somme, marking the centenary of the battle of the Somme. The oratorio is for soprano bass choir and orchestra and Anthony describes it as a quietly anti-war, a humanist statement about ordinary people’s experience of war with the senselessness and the tragedy. It’s based on the experiences of one of the soldiers of the Otago battalion, Alexander Aitken, who survived and went on to write a book of the same name. The soprano is Anna Leese, winner of the Lexus Song Quest back in 2002 and in demand all over the globe. But she has a tragedy of her own, husband Stefano Guidi has been diagnosed with motor neuron disease. Charlotte Wilson talked to Anna about how this has affected their family, and the fundraising which has been set up to help Stefano.
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:40:00 +1300NZTrio have been up to a lot recently. You might have caught their recent Chinese-inspired concerts in Wellington and Auckland with celebrated guzheng player Xia Jing: they’ve got performances at the Dunedin and Hawke’s Bay arts festivals coming up: and straight after that it’s off to China for concerts in Beijing – their 9th tour there no less. They’ve also got two albums being released in October – Sway, and with The Mike Nock Trio: Vicissitudes.
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:20:00 +1300The various strands of The University of Auckland’s School of Music are coming together to present Cloudburst, a programme that incorporates music from Duke Ellington, Eric Whitacre, Debussy, and Beethoven. Cynthia Morahan chatted to two of the show’s conductors, Professor and flautist Uwe Grodd, and Head of Choral Studies Professor Karen Grylls.
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +1300NZ Opera’s production of Sweeney Todd which is on at the moment. The story was originally published as a penny dreadful in 1846 that morphed over the years into a play and then the Broadway show, that opened in 1979 and has remained one of the most popular Sondheim shows ever since. The production is a co-production between NZ Opera and Victorian Opera in Australia: it opened in Auckland last week, runs down to Wellington on Friday and then to Christchurch for the first time as well so you in the south island get to enjoy it too. The title role of the demon barber is taken by Teddy Tahu Rhodes, looking suitably villainous.
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:40:00 +1300There Are No More Four Seasons! That’s the name of a visionary Swedish duo touring New Zealand. Mattias Petersson and George Kentros make amazing music while recomposing the classics. There Are No More Four Seasons took New York by storm last year, and in Sweden their album was named not only The best classical album of 2013, but also the most interesting Swedish album of the year, and one of the ten best classical recordings of the past decade. They’re playing Christchurch at The Piano 7pm, Tuesday 27 September, and Wunderbar 8pm, Wednesday 28 September, before going on to Wellington and Auckland.
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:20:00 +1300Tony Kushner’s Tony winner Angels in America is considered a classic of American theatre, a two part epic clashing together themes of religion, politics, and sexuality. Kushner went on to pen the Golden Globe winning screenplay for Lincoln in 2012. How did this unwieldy beast get to the stage and reach mass consciousness? Shaun D Wilson spoke to Slate.com’s culture editor Dan Kois who has co-written an oral history of the play.
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +1300Klezmer band The Kugels are composer and virtuoso accordion player Ross Harris, leader of Saxcess Debbie Rawson, fiddler and former NZSOer Robin Perkins, and bass player Jaqueline Norden. They all have an absolute passion for Klezmer music, which they are taking on the road for Arts on Tour.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:40:00 +1300Jake Baxendale has been spending some time away from New Zealand recently. Jake’s the alto saxophonist for jazz groups The Jac, JB3, and Richter City Rebels, and he received an Edwin Carr scholarship that allowed him to study composition in Sydney and New York. He’s also midway through an Australasian tour with one of bands - Antipodes.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:20:00 +1300The World of Wearable Arts’ Supreme Award, as well as the Avant Garde Award, has gone to Gillian Saunders from Nelson. She first entered the WOW in 2002 and has entered almost every year since, winning an impressive total of 8 awards. Gillian has won the Avant Garde Award before but this is the first time she’s won the supreme award. It was for her ‘Supernova’, inspired by a famous dress, a sea monster fin and images from space and described in the catalogue as a “star explod[ing] in a far off galaxy”.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +1300Christchurch’s season of chamber music, Christopher’s Classics, begins with a concert from the Amici Ensemble playing string sextets by Tchaikovsky and Brahms as well as a new commission from Anthony Ritchie about the life of that most astounding of insects – the ant. Violinist Donald Armstrong was the founder of the group back in 1988 when he’d just returned from overseas to take up the position of Associate concertmaster of the NZSO, whereas Malavika Gopal is the most recent member. She’s returned from study and performance overseas to join the NZSO. Malavika left New Zealand to study at the New England Conservatory in Boston and she’s just spent a couple of years as the first New Zealander in the famous Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:40:00 +1200The Auckland Live International Cabaret Season is about to begin its third year featuring a suite of critically-acclaimed cabaret shows from across the globe and closer to home. The Basement theatre will host a locally produced show as part of the Cabaret Season. It’s called Valerie and is focused on Robin Kelly’s grandmother amazing life. The production is written and performed by Last Tapes Theatre Company’s Robin Kelly, Cherie Moore and Tom Broome, and directed by Benjamin Henson.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:20:00 +1200Sydney-based Julie Foa’i has been the manager of South Pacific Fusion group Te Vaka since it began. The now-Australia based group has had global success, which looks to be expanded on with them being a key part of creating the music for the upcoming Disney film Moana. Managing Te Vaka means that Julie hasn’t always been able to focus on her own music but she’s about to release The Trials and Tribulations of Miss French (Part 1).
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +1200Prolific and highly regarded and awarded New Zealand-born pianist Mike Nock is about to return to New Zealand. The Mike Nock Trio and NZ Trio work have developed, Vicissitudes which they premiered at the 2013 Christchurch Arts Festival, into a new album and are playing shows off the back of that at Arts Festival Dunedin, and Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival. Mike Nock Trio are also playing their own shows at Hawke’s Bay and Dunedin Festivals.