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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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Musicologist Dr Nancy November from the School of Music at the University of Auckland has been awarded a Marsden Fund grant to investigate the social role of chamber music in 1800s Vienna. The grant worth $580,000 will fund the first in-depth contextual study of chamber music in Beethoven's time and examine why so many leading composers of the day have been forgotten.
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One of New Zealand's most gifted architects, David Mitchell, has been named as a 2016 Distinguished Alumni by the University of Auckland and will be honoured at a dinner held tonight. He talks about some of his recent buildings including the Lopdell House redevelopment and the Te Uru Contemporary Gallery in Titirangi which opened recently.
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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra gave their first concert at New Zealand Festival last night before repeating it tonight. Jazz pianist and composer Norman Meehan reviews their Swing Symphony programme.
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Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is back in the country performing a six venue recital tour including one concert at New Zealand Festival with Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir. Dame Kiri devotes most of her time now to the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation. She speaks about the pitfalls for young singers today and being burnt by fame.
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Saxophonist Victor Goines and trumpeter Marcus Printup are touring as part of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. They both come from the Deep South with its heritage of jazz and blues and have been members of the Wynton Marsalis led jazz orchestra since the early 1990's as well as pursuing their own personal careers outside the famous ensemble.
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Dr. Christy Banks and Dr. Jessica Lindsey join forces to present a multi-media feast for the senses. The visiting clarinetists from the United States are touring as the Spatial Forces Duo, present multi-media concerts using video, electronics. Their music is influenced by rock, folk, electro acoustic, and minimalist styles.
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New Zealand artist Nigel Brown discusses his exhibition I AM / WE ARE at MTG Hawkes Bay. The exhibition is a major retrospective spanning 35 years of the painter's career so far, and includes twenty-seven works, sourced from his own personal collection.
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Translating poems into music can be tough gig, but a group of musicians and poets are doing just that for the Dunedin Fringe Festival. Soprano Sophie Morris and composer Anthony Ritchie are part of the collaboration behind All Good Poems Wear Classical Shoes.
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Actor, playwright and self-confessed water ballerina Pip Hall is part of the Spotlight on Playwrights season happening at Circa during the 2016 New Zealand Festival Writers Week. She's joining an array of other influential playwrights putting the spotlight on big issues facing the stage and society. Pip is chairing a discussion called Who The Hell Are We? which addresses whether New Zealand plays - including Waiora by Hone Kouka - truly reflects our society.
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After traveling the globe and presenting New Zealand music to the world, Kirsten Mason returned home to take up a role with Chamber Music New Zealand. Recently she was appointed as the new General Manager of Orchestra Wellington in which she will combine her musical, business and cultural acumen. She stepped into the role just a couple of weeks ago and we find out how she is adjusting to her new surroundings.
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