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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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22 works from enigmatic street artist Banksy are on display alongside kiwi art at the Tauranga Art Gallery as part of the Paradox: Tauranga Street Art Festival. The Oi YOU! Collection belongs to George Shaw and his wife, and is the largest collection of Banksy works in the southern hemisphere.
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Wairua Sinfonietta is set to give the world premiere of a Leopold Hofmann’s Flute Concerto in G major with soloist Professor Uwe Grodd this weekend. Auckland University Associate Professor Allan Badley edited the concerto, which will be played alongside works from Mozart and Haydn and New Zealand composer Leonie Holmes.
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One of the world’s finest clarinetists - Martin Fröst - is touring with The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He’s regarded as a musician who pushes performance boundaries – simultaneously taking on the roles of player, conductor and storyteller. He discusses his future projects; taking a broader artistic approach; and his experience of performing with the NZSO and Maestro Edo de Waart.
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Professor Lucie Green is one of the most respected solar scientists in the world, and a passionate science communicator. She’s a well-known face in the UK, where she presents on a variety of BBC shows including The Sky at Night and Stargazing Live. She’s in NZ, performing alongside comedians and kiwi musicians as part of the Cosmic Shambles Live tour.
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Australian instrument maker, musician and composer Linsey Pollak and vocalist Lizzie O’Keefe blend the sounds of endangered or extinct animals and birds – including the Kokako - and sounds from the environment, with music and voice, for their show Dangerous Song which is part of the Wanaka Festival of Colour.
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The Wellington Chamber Orchestra open their season with Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2, performed by 19 year old pianist Siyu Sun. She is the APO’s Hayden Staples Piano Scholar, and this piece secured her First Prize Piano when she performed it with the NZSO at the National Concerto Competition in March. Conductor Rachel Hyde on conducting the rising star and what is in store for audiences this year.
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Writing music for children isn’t as easy as it might seem, but it’s been a successful transition for folk singer/songwriter Claudia Gunn. Her new album Little Wild Lullabies was a finalist in the NZ Music Awards, and she even managed to slip a copy to international pop star Adele on her recent NZ tour.
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Guitarist William Coulter and violinist Edwin Huizinga are Fire & Grace. They explore the musical worlds of Bach, River Dance, Bulgarian tunes, Piazzolla and Vivaldi. Their wide-ranging repertoire reflects their diverse musical interests and experiences: from working with early music ensembles, to recording Shaker music, and running fiddle camps. They are in New Zealand for the Wanaka Festival of Colour and Upsurge Bay of Islands Arts Festival and play live for us in the studio.
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Upbeat's Melbourne correspondent Vincent O'Donnell explores the narrative behind the Melbourne Art Book Fair and goes on the hunt for a New Zealand presence. The fair brings together established and emerging artists, publishers, designers and writers for a series of workshops, book launches and performances and is run by the National Gallery of Victoria.
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American Debbie Rosas is the CEO and founder of Nia, a sensory-based, movement practice that is designed especially to help those who are unable to move freely. Students of this practice include those with Parkinson's, arthritis, and autism. Debbie has been in the mind-body fitness industry since 1976 and aims to "heal the world one body at a time" through her method, an "anti-dote to no pain, no gain ethos of '80s aerobics", which is taught around the world by accredited trainers and in workshops.
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