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RNZ: Upbeat
Radio New Zealand
What's going on in the world of music and the arts? We talk to musicians, composers, choreographers, dancers, actors, directors and artists.
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Dame Malvina Foundation Arts Excellence award-winner flautist Hannah Darroch has been selected from hundreds of applicants worldwide to be one of just 35 members of the 2018 Global Leaders Program, empowering a rising generation of change-makers in music. The participants are tutored by the likes of Katie Wyatt, Executive Director of El Sistema USA and Gustavo Dudamel protégée Juan Felipe Molano, conductor of the Youth Orchestra of LA, and will be sent on a mission to Honduras.
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“Wai | Water | Woda” is a musical exploration of the meaning and importance of water to humanity. Flutists Tessa Brinckman and Adrianna Lis will perform music for multiple flutes and electronics by creative collaborator extraordinaire Jeremy Mayall, alongside pieces by Ben Hoadley, Randall Woolf and Finnish composer Tuukka Jokilehto.
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Bach Musica is celebrating its 40th anniversary this weekend by inviting listeners on a romantic journey through Bohemia & Germany.  The programme features Dvorak’s Biblical Songs and Schubert’s late Mass No. 5 sung by acclaimed soprano Morag Atchison, young award-winning Samoan bass Joel Amosa, Swedish mezzo-soprano Catrin Johnsson, and one of Australia's finest lyric coloratura tenors, Henry Choo.
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Electronic Dance Music was given a symphonic twist by Auckland Symphony Orchestra in front of a heaving Auckland Town Hall on Saturday Night. Reviewer Tony Stamp was in the glow-stick waving crowd.
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Former NZSO music director Emeritus Maestro James Judd is back in New Zealand to conduct the orchestra’s next concert Travels in Italy. The conductor was the NZSO’s Music Director for almost a decade from 1999-2007 and was last here on business back in 2015 alongside superstar soprano Renee Fleming.
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Horrible Histories was a book, and then a television show, and now a highly popular stage show, which is currently touring New Zealand. It tells historical stories to the young, and the young at heart in a humorous way – with the nasty bits left in. The show, which has just come from the West End stars Robin Hemmings and Phillip Chamberlin.
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New Zealand Opera’s final production of 2017, Katya Kabanova, continues its season in Wellington this week. Highly experienced musical director Wyn Davies chooses his favourite, and most poignant moments from the opera and explains what makes this music so captivating.
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Last night the APRA Silver Scroll Awards were on in Dunedin. The Silver Scrolls recognises outstanding achievement in the craft of song writing and for the first time ever, all five finalists for the premier song writing category were women;  Bic Runga, Chelsea Jade; Aldous Harding; Lorde and Nadia Reid – with Lorde taking the title. The irony is that APRA membership is dominated by men. One person who’s doing her best to change that is Victoria Kelly – composer and Director of Member Services for APRA.
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Composer Salina Fisher has won the SOUNZ Contemporary Award 2017, New Zealand's premier composition prize, for her work for string quartet 'Torino'. This is the second consecutive year Fisher has won the award - in 2016 she became the youngest ever winner for her work 'Rainphase'.
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A number of voices are coming together this weekend for the world premiere of Victoria Kelly’s The Unusual Silence first in Auckland and then in Napier. Voices NZ will be joined by a 24-strong male youth choir from Auckland. The piece follows letters from soldiers during World War One. The concert is co-directed by Karen Grylls and Stuart Maunder.
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