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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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Former New Zealand Symphony Orchestra players take us down memory lane with their fondest memories, who they loved working with, who is best forgotten, and what happens when things go wrong.
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The US elections have inspired a new piece of theatre for the Basement Theatre as part of Auckland Fringe Festival. Power Ballad takes a swipe at politicians who don’t know the meaning of “feminist” and tries to break down language and ideologies associated with that word. Julia Croft draws inspiration in her story telling through the queens of power ballads – Annie Lennox and Pat Benatar.
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Cantabrian turned Mexico based saxophonist and composer Jasmine Lovell-Smith is back on home soil for a series of concerts in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch promoting her new album Yellow Red Blue. Her work has been described as an “unashamedly rich tapestry of sound” by the Dominion Post. She tells us about her travels, time in New York and why she’s chosen to leave the bright lights behind for study in Wellington.
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The Michael Fowler Centre was packed to the brim for last night’s New Zealand Symphony Orchestra at 70 anniversary celebration. The three hour extravaganza featured works by Dvorak, Strauss, Brahms, Prokofiev and Gareth Farr, all chosen by the players to reflect the concerts they treasure the most. Peter Mechen was in the crowd.
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70 years ago New Zealand Symphony Orchestra played its first performance. Rod Biss was in the audience that night listening to Dvorak’s Carnival Overture, which will also be performed at tonight’s celebration concert along with other music of special significance selected by the players. Rod talks about his favourite experiences with the National Orchestra over the 70 years, in and out of the concert hall.
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Auckland cellist Matthias Balzat was the Grand Prize winner of the National Concert Competition on Saturday with his performance of Shostakovich’s first Cello Concerto. Tony Ryan was there and explains how the result of the piano prize was divisive and assesses whether Balzat was the stand out performer. We’ll also hear from winner Matthias Balzat about what it means to with the competition
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We asked listeners, RNZ Concert presenters and players from the orchestra to share their most memorable concert experience with us. Here's what they said...
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Clowning can be a funny business, but for Ruth Dudding and Zack McCracken it’s rather serious business. The duo is part of Clown Doctors New Zealand, a group that goes into hospitals and care facilities to help bring joy, and relief to those who need it.
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Earthquakes cause displacement, and that was the catalyst for a lot of rarely seen New Zealand art to be put on display at the Adam Art Gallery. The November earthquake saw more than half of Victoria University’s 576 piece collection needing to be relocated, so the new Out of Site exhibition was born. Stephen Cleland and Sophie Thorn walk us through the collection.
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Rugby league and musicals might seem like strange bedfellows, but Australian journalist Hugh Lunn and composer Bradley McCaw have combined the two, for their new show Home Ground: The State of Origin Musical.
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