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RNZ: Upbeat
Radio New Zealand
Keeping you in tune with music and the arts, with host David Morriss
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What makes great art? Just ask Sydney Festival Director Wesley Enoch. He thinks great art should have good craft, an aesthetic and a meaning. He discusses art as activism, getting out of the comfort zone and the importance of connecting people to places.
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How can you do Björk if you’re not Björk? Her music is unique, so seemingly knitted to her own personality and her own performance style. Claire Cowan and her Auckland-based Blackbird Ensemble are taking up the challenge for a show at Q Theatre called “All is Full of Love.” They’ll perform 16 of her songs. RNZ visited one of their final rehearsals.
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Children around the world have an opportunity to experience the joy of playing a musical instrument thanks to the Sistema programme.  Director of Arohanui Strings, Alison Eldredge, sees the benefits in the Hutt Valley where she works. She shares her findings from an international conference about Sistema, talks about what the children get out of playing with local orchestras, and the importance of their upcoming charity fundraiser.
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Melbourne based Kiwi singer/songwriter Stanley Woodhouse is touring the country with fellow artist, poet and novelist Dominic Hoey also known as ‘Tourettes’. The 17 date tour also features a spot in Wellington’s Lit Crawl festival this Saturday. Skyscraper Stan performs some original tunes live in the studio, discusses the state of Australian social politics, and what to expect from his gigs.
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Composer, pianist and singer Nick Knox is one of 12 musicians playing the ivories for the Audio Foundation’s Festival of Piano Music. For the festival he’ll let the moment take him where he needs to go, with his improved performance style, which is influenced by baroque music. He discusses how music is  the thing he is most passionate about; Nick is the subject of a BBC funded documentary called The Characteristics of C minor which has shown at festivals worldwide.
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The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s 2018 programme is out and full of bold and interesting works overseen by new Artistic Director Patricia Barker. She explains why she’s putting strong women in the spotlight, who she has invited to guest choreograph and why it’s important to get out into the provinces.
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Brett Dean’s Fire Music was the centre piece of the Auckland Philharmonia  Orchestra concert last night conducted by the composer. The dynamic work inspired by new life after tragedy was performed alongside Sibelius’ Scene with Cranes and Brahms' Piano Concerto No.2 featuring Piers Lane. Peter Hoar was in the audience for the powerful concert.
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The “Dunedin sound” is being celebrated by the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra this weekend.  Tally Ho! 2 features music spanning 40 years of Dunedin pop music and includes many of the original artists along with younger performers like soprano Anna Leese and singer/songwriter Nadia Reid, in a programme orchestrated by Graeme Downs. Conductor Peter Adams explains the joy of seeing people of all ages in the Dunedin Town Hall celebrating the city’s unique music heritage.
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Australian composer Brett Dean wrote Fire Music in response to the disastrous ‘Black Saturday’ bushfires of 2009 in Victoria. He’s here to conduct the work with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra tonight.  Dean says ‘fire can also cleanse and replenish’ and so restoration and new life is a theme in his work. Brett played viola in the Berlin Philharmonic in the 80s and moonlighted as a DJ in Berlin nightclubs; you can hear that in his use of electric guitar, and a keyboard playing sampled sound effects in Fire Music.
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Globe-trotting conductor Marc Taddei returns to the capital to lead Orchestra Wellington in their performance of Stravinsky’s ballet Petrouchka this weekend. The colourful piece is accompanied by new commission Colour lines by Wellington composer Tabea Squire. Taddei discusses his travels, the new commission and what his year of Music Directing Stravinsky’s brilliant but exacting scores has taught him.
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