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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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A year since the death of luthier and musician Ian Lyons,  a concert in his memory features the cello section of NZSO organised by Principal cellist Andrew Joyce.
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NZ Barok and Auckland Opera Studio are collaborating for the first time - combining baroque music with Italian opera - for two performances of Handel’s Oreste. Ben Henson will direct the production which is completely in baroque period and features Lexus 2016 finalists Filipe Manu and Madison Nonoa
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Wellington's newest arts phenomenon, Eternity Opera opens its first production this week. Mozart's Don Giovanni features some of Wellington's best professional singers. Director Alex Galvin and soprano Barbara Patterson discuss how the seduction of Donna Anna is as relevant today as it was in eighteenth century Spain where Mozart set his opera.
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Jennifer Shennan reviews the return of the Royal New Zealand Ballet's Giselle. It's touring the country. Is it en pointe with purists and is it better the second time around?
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Australian artist Michael Leunig is coming to New Zealand for the Dunedin Arts Festival. The well-known cartoonist, poet, painter, writer and philosopher discusses the New Zealand psyche, his trade mark duck character and how drawing expresses our inner feelings and individuality.
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Playing an instrument that doesn’t feature in an orchestra can present its challenges. But KBB Music Festival, which is in its 33rd year offers young musicians from concert bands, jazz bands and orchestras a chance to show their stuff. Trevor Thwaites explains what KBB means for those climbing the musical scales, with 145 groups from 48 schools participating this year.
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Peter Hoar reviews the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra’s concert of denounced pieces, including Sibelius’ Finlandia; Bartók’s Piano Concerto No.3, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No.11. Conducted by Eckehard Stier, did it live up to expectations?
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UK based Australian pianist Piers Lane brings his brilliance to the south island. He’s joining the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra to perform Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto. He is also the current Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, and the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia.
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Indian musicians Purbayan Chatterjee and Taufiq Qureshi have been in Auckland this month teaching workshops at the University of Auckland School of Music. The duo takes classical traditions and put them into contemporary contexts and settings. Greg Booth sat down with the musician to discover more about the intricacies of Indian melodic and rhythmic language.
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The Kiri te Kanawa Foundation is coming to the aid of young NZ singers in a well researched and targeted programme. Trustee Stephen Dee explains how the programme could save a young singer $60,000 – the equivalent of a year spent studying and living in London
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