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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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Russian violinist Ilya Gringolts joined the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor Giordano Bellincampi for Mountain King. Peter Hoar reviews the concert which featured Nielsen Symphony No.3, Grieg’s Peer Gynt: Suite and Gringolts playing Brahms’ Violin Concerto.
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Wellington based pianist and composer Mark Donlon and New York  trumpeter Alex Sipiagin are collaborating for two concerts for the upcoming Wellington Jazz Festival. Their partnership has also resulted in a new album, Between Moons, which in part is a tribute to Canadian trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, and Mark’s former teacher the British pianist John Taylor. Sipiagin has already started his New Zealand concerts as part of Rodger Fox’s Jazz Gala tour of the country.
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The billboards say “if you haven’t seen Carmen, it’s a tragedy”. New Zealand Opera’s Carmen opened last night in Wellington. Christine Argyle reviews this production of Bizet’s opera directed by Lindy Hume and featuring Nino Surguladze in the title role.
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Enjoy the opportunity. That’s the advice for the competitors in the 2017 Michael Hill International Violin Competition. The competition starts this weekend in Queenstown before heading to Auckland. Russian born violinist Ilya Gringolts has some sage words for those who will be standing in front of him and the other judges in the coming days.
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Santana vocalist Tony Lindsay is touring NZ with Rodger Fox Big Band. The 11 time Grammy award winner has toured the world extensively with Santana, and recorded seven albums with the band, as well as recordings under his own name. The tenor talks about working with the legendary guitarist, writing songs for others, and the importance of supporting local music.
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New Zealand Opera’s Carmen opening this week is the result of a director/designer partnership going back 25 years. Lindy Hume and Dan Potra made their names in the opera world with their “breakthrough” production of Bizet’s popular opera in Perth and the production is still going strong today. Dan Potra discusses the longevity of his designs, how they travel the globe, and creating a new design for Dracula.
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Masaaki Suzuki is renowned for his performances and recordings of Bach with his group Bach Collegium Japan. New York's Juilliard School is among the world's leading and prestigious performing arts conservatories. Team the highly accomplished 19-piece Juilliard415 with Bach- meister Masaaki Suzuki and audiences can expect fireworks.
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Actors Peter Hambleton and Bronwyn Turei star in the New Zealand premiere of film writer Patrick Marber’s Three Days in the Country, based on Russian writer Ivan Turgenev’s classic A Month in the Country. Marber speeds up the action and gives a large team of actors the chance to explore a nineteenth century love fest in sumptuous fashion.
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New Zealand musician, composer and producer David Long’s new album is abstract, haunting and beautiful. He collaborated on Utterance with taonga puoro player Richard Nunns and harpist Natalia Mann.  David will perform parts of the new album at City Gallery in Wellington this Thursday.
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A fallen New Zealand mountaineer has provided inspiration for an opera by British composer Joby Talbot.
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