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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. Keep abreast of the international arts scene with Eva Radich's daily show of music news, interviews and concert reviews.

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. Keep abreast of the international arts scene with Eva Radich's daily show of music news, interviews and concert reviews.
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Wellington, New Zealand

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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. Keep abreast of the international arts scene with Eva Radich's daily show of music news, interviews and concert reviews.

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Episodes

NZSM & Orpheus work together for the first time

5/24/2018
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NZSM Orchestra is working with the Orpheus Choir for the first time this weekend to give a performance of the full orchestral version of the Duruflé Requiem, a piece that has been an obsession for conductor Kenneth Young. He’s joined by Orpheus MD Brent Stewart to discuss this momentous occasion.

Duration:00:30:46

Dancing with Mozart

5/23/2018
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Some of Mozart’s most stunning tunes have been used for ballet, thanks to a bevy of talented choreographers including Stephan Zeromski, for the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Dancing with Mozart opens next week in Wellington, before heading to seven other centres.

Duration:00:23:45

The opera that will have you laughing (and falling in love)

5/23/2018
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Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love opens next week in Auckland. The charming, funny opera is being performed by New Zealand Opera. Conductor and Musical Director Wyn Davies, and baritone Morgan Pearse give us the lowdown on Love.

Duration:00:30:30

Classical music critic joins NZ artists on stage

5/22/2018
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Normally it’s New Yorker classical music critic and author Alex Ross putting the spotlight on performers, but Upbeat’s Tim Dodd turns the spotlight on Ross, discussing his performance with Kiwi artists Stroma and Bianca Andrew. He also poses the big question: is classical music still relevant?

Duration:00:32:16

Composing music for Royal Weddings and New Zealand choirs

5/22/2018
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British composer Paul Mealor explains the intricacies of writing music for the Royals and talks about working with the Auckland Youth Choir as they perform his first Symphony Passiontide.

Duration:00:32:02

Review: Alex Ross with Stroma

5/21/2018
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Alex Ross, author and music critic for the New Yorker, is touring New Zealand with the group Stroma and singer Bianca Andrew for Chamber Music New Zealand. Peter Hoar has been in the crowd.

Duration:00:31:49

Supertonic celebrates female composers

5/17/2018
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Dynamic Wellington based choir Supertonic is busy preparing for their first concert of the year, Shakespeare’s Sister – a programme celebrating women composers, which includes a special New Zealand commission from rising star, Rosa Elliott. Clarissa Dunn speaks with Rosa, and MD Isaac Stone.

Duration:00:27:08

Dynamic Kiwi conductor returns home

5/16/2018
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New Zealand born conductor Gemma New is back in the country to conduct the APO and CSO in the coming week. She’s been busy traveling around the world bringing classical music to new audiences. She chats with David Morriss about being back on home soil, her growing career and how more women are stepping up to the podium.

Duration:00:43:31

Resonance resonates with orchestral musicians

5/15/2018
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Tony Ryan is a familiar voice on RNZ Concert, but when he’s not reviewing gigs, he’s working with musicians. Resonance ensemble attracts some of the best orchestral musicians in the Garden City. Tony and orchestra founder and principal clarinetist Sue Bealin gexplains why Resonance resonates in Christchurch.

Duration:00:32:11

Composing music: but is it research?

5/14/2018
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Dunedin composer Associate Prof Anthony Ritchie has been promoted to the rank of Professor at the University of Otago; one of very few composers to have that title in New Zealand. Tonight he gives his first Professorial lecture 'Composing music: but is it research?'. Eva Radich discovers more.

Duration:00:26:22

10 quick questions with The Ten Tenors

5/13/2018
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Australian based ensemble The Ten Tenors are on the road in NZ, visiting 16 destinations up and down the country. The tenors, including Kiwi Cameron Barclay, popped into the Auckland studio to perform live and answer 10 quick questions with Upbeat’s Zoë George.

Duration:00:19:36

CSO bringing Berlin and Broadway to Christchurch

5/10/2018
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The glitz and glamour of Germany’s Weimar Republic and the bright lights of Broadway are coming to the Garden City this weekend. The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra brings alive the music of Germany’s most revered musical theatre composer, Kurt Weill. Conductor Luke di Somma and opera star Amelia Berry offer a glimpse into the world of Weill and why his music is still relevant today.

Duration:00:34:54

Real life “great leaders” inspire new Kiwi comedy

5/9/2018
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Stalin, Pol Pot and Donald Trump are the inspiration behind Problems, a high energy, high anxiety Kiwi comedy. Written by Joe Musaphia and directed by Gavin Rutherford Problems opens this week at Circa. They talk to Zoë George about their fascination with the past, how to write comedy and what Monty Python has to do with it.

Duration:00:11:46

Dame Gillian Whitehead is a true Icon

5/9/2018
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Dame Gillian Whitehead has been honoured with an Icon Award. The awards recognise New Zealand artists who contribute substantially to the country’s creative landscape. RNZ Concert presenter Nick Tipping had a special role at the awards evening and reports on who else has become an Icon.

Duration:00:12:37

Grunge, classical music and Leonard Bernstein

5/8/2018
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NZSO guest conductor Brett Mitchell explains what classical music, grunge, and musical theatre have in common and what composer Leonard Bernstein has to do with it.

Duration:00:43:37

Opera’s rising stars

5/7/2018
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Pasquale Orchard and Declan Cudd are two of the soloists for Orchestra Wellington’s Symphony in the Hutt next week: a popular concert for the Taita community. The pair talk about their addiction to performing and how they handle nerves as they audition for the Lexus Song Quest today.

Duration:00:30:44

May the 4th be with you with NZSO’s Larry Reese

5/3/2018
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As today is May the 4th, it’s only right to have a member of the NZSO who performed Star Wars come in to choose five faves. Timpanist Larry Reese shares his highlights for 2018 so far and picks a few greatest hits.

Duration:00:43:19

Kiwi classic ENZSO celebrates 21 years

5/2/2018
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Split Enz and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra joined forces 21 years ago to perform and record some of the best known Kiwi hits. ENZSO is now returning, in a smaller set up, with original ENZSO leader Eddie Rayner at the helm. He shares his memories, how he orchestrated some classic Kiwi tunes and how this music is still relevant 21 years later.

Duration:00:35:36

Have sticks will travel

5/1/2018
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Drummer Chris O’Connor is one of the country’s busiest musicians. O’Connor shares some of his favourite music and tells Eva Radich about the joy he has as a live performer despite the schizophrenic lifestyle. This week his music features in the New Zealand Dance Company’s Lumina tour.

Duration:00:40:50

Review: Behn Quartet

5/1/2018
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Brilliant – that’s the word reviewer Tony Ryan describes fresh string quartet the Behn Quartert, currently on tour with Chamber Music New Zealand. Last night’s performance at Christchurch’s Piano was almost at full capacity. The group treated the crowd to Jack Body, Ravel and Dvorak around the country.

Duration:00:26:27

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