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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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In November, the question “How many cellos can you fit in a room?” will be answered when the 6th annual Cellophonia International Festival gets underway in Wellington. Directed by Inbal Megiddo & Andrew Joyce, the festival begins on November 16th and provides a performance outlet for any cellist, from beginners to professionals.
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Leo Gene Peters, the director of Don Juan, knows the art of seduction – the seduction of the audience that is, with his show now having toured for more than two years. The play’s longevity is down to physical comedy, twisted pop songs and explosive wit that has audiences coming back for more.
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UK playwright Duncan Macmillan’s highly acclaimed dark comedy Lungs addresses love in unstable times as a couple in their 30s decides what shape their future will take. Arthur Meek stars alongside Aidee Walker in the play that addresses overpopulation, political unrest and global warming.
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Musical theatre and opera performer James Benjamin Rodgers and his wife pianist Jillian Zack usually spend their time performing on the big stages in New York, the UK and New Zealand – with James most recently appearing in New Zealand Opera’s Sweeney Todd – but they are heading to a more intimate setting in Whanganui this weekend to perform Schumann's Dichterliebe.
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New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director Edo de Waart discusses the final in this year’s season of great works by Mozart, Beethoven and Elgar he is conducting around New Zealand at the moment. He opens up about the challenges of giving the orchestra players the freedom to create magic, and what’s on the horizon for the busy, and rather endearing conductor.
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Christopher’s Classics founder Christopher Marshall foreshadows what’s on stage in 2017 at the new venue, The Piano, in Christchurch. The mostly New Zealand musicians he’s presenting cover a cross section of ensembles and styles starting in March with The Sweet Chance recital featuring singers Morag Atchison and Catrin Johnsson.
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Kiwi violinist Benjamin Baker is making a quick visit home to perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra as part of the concert “Outraged”. Baker last performed this work a few weeks ago with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London.
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Leading contemporary art specialist and journalist Australian Julie Ewington is in New Zealand to run an introductory class on feminist artist Cindy Sherman. City Gallery in Wellington has an exhibition of Sherman’s work documenting gender, social conditioning, narcissism and celebrity culture, opening next month.
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Marilyn Duckworth is one of three New Zealand writers awarded a 2016 Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement. She received the $60,000 award in recognition for her outstanding contribution to literature. The Wellingtonian has published 16 novels, a novella, a collection of short stories and poetry, and an autobiography. Also awarded Prime Minister’s Awards were poet David Eggleton and non-fiction writer Atholl Anderson.
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Polish pianist Raphael Alexandre Lustchevsky made his international debut at 16 and has spent the past 20 years traveling the world, earning a name for himself as an expert in Fryderyk Chopin’s works. He’s in New Zealand for a series of concerts.
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