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RNZ: Upbeat
Radio New Zealand
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.
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Ian Wedde is curator for the Auckland Arts Festival exhibition Picturing Asia: Double Take. It celebrates the work of two of the world’s leading photo journalists:  New Zealander Brian Brake (1927-1988) and American Steve McCurry (b.1950). McCurry’s 1984 photo Afghan Girl of a 12-year-old in a Pakistan refugee camp featured on the cover of National Geographic and is still one of the world’s best-known examples of photo journalism.
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Berlin-based performance artist Alexa Wilson is doing a new solo work at the Auckland Fringe Festival. She’s one of the pioneers behind feminist performance art in New Zealand and is doing an interactive Pecha Kucha style performance.  21 Movements has Alexa responding to photographs by collaborator Nicholas Watt.
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Aussie Tenor James Egglestone is one of the stars of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra’s outdoor summer event. The concert at Pegasus Bay Winery in Waipara on Saturday week features James along with Madeleine Pierard and Jared Holt singing some of the best beloved arias and music from world-famous operas and musicals  with a full orchestra conducted by Benjamin Northey.
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Soprano Katherine McIndoe and Baritone Daniel O’Connor are performing in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin for Days Bay Opera. Katherine will perform as Tatyana, while Daniel will reprise Eugene Onegin, which he has performed previously in Russian.
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Biographer Joanne Drayton is on a residency at the Carey Institute for Global Good in New York State. The Auckland English teacher and author of biographies of crime writer Ngaio Marsh, painters Edith Colier and Rhona Haszard has received a Logan Nonfiction Fellowship. Joanne’s book on prolific author Anne Perry, whose obsessive teenage life and crime was also portrayed in the film Heavenly Creatures, made the top ten non-fiction books in New York Times Bestseller list and generated more interest in her work stateside. Joanne has her own memoir in the works, and is using her time in the US to work on a book looking at the lives of comedic TV cooking duo Peter Hudson and David Halls called Hudson and Halls: Inseparable.
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Auckland Youth Orchestra Principal Trombone player Mark Bingham talks to Eva Radich about finding his love of a variety of music through the Star Wars theme, which last year led to performing music from The Force Awakens with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. He's got shows with Le Chéile and a Brass Quartet coming up as part of the Auckland Live Summer in the Square season's APO Young Achievers programming.
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One of the more offbeat shows on as part at the Auckland Fringe is taking place at the Barista Cats cat café. Purrfectly Pawsome Catacular promises half an hour of cat focused dancing and performance as well as 20 minutes of cat cuddling. Eva Radich talks to the feline focused brains of the operation: contemporary dancers Sarah-Louise Collins and Caitlin Davey.
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Elizabeth Kerr is in Nelson to enjoy the Adam Chamber Music Festival. She reviews Journeys (featuring violinist Monique Lapins as a soloist), Dame Gillian Whitehead's new one-woman opera Iris Dreaming, and Bold Strokes which premiered work from Gareth Farr and Natalie Hunt.
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Isaac Hayward is one of Australia’s most exciting young music directors. He’s only twenty-five, has already been nominated for a Helpmann Award and worked with performers as diverse as Tim Finn, Jon English, Kate Miller-Heidke, and Natalie Weiss. Isaac’s recent music direction credits include three seasons of The Rabbits (Opera Australia) and its live cast recording, The Secret River based on Kate Grenville’s book for Sydney Theatre Company, for which he played Iain Grandage’s score on both cello and prepared piano, and Ladies in Black by Tim Finn, for which he received a Helpmann Award nomination. Isaac was awarded the inaugural Rob Guest Endowment Musician Award in 2014 and is conducting NZ Opera's production of The Mikado.
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The voice is an instrument and it can be used in many different ways. As part of last month’s New Zealand Singing School, the style of belting was explored.  Zoe George explains there’s more to the increasingly popular style than what you might think and looks at how Ethel Merman played such a vital role in its development.
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