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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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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

Lyell Cresswell premieres his second piano concerto

10/18/2017
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Michael Houstoun is about to play a new piano concerto, written for him by Lyell Cresswell, working with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Lyell turned 70 in 2014 and is busier than ever writing works for artists and ensembles, both here and in Scotland where he lives. This is his second piano concerto, the first was written for Stephen de Pledge five years ago. Cresswell's music is widely performed and broadcast, and has featured in many festivals around the world. His most recent was...

Duration: 00:14:32


Junior Theatre Celebration

10/18/2017
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Soon - depending on whether your idea of hell or heaven is hundreds of kids performing musical theatre - the Aotea Centre in Auckland will either be an incredibly joyous place to be, or the place to wear frequency muffling headphones. Eva Radich talks to Timothy Allen McDonald who as well as being the Founder and CEO of iTheatrics is a librettist in his own right, and Stuart Hall the Managing Director of Musical Theatre International Australasia – the company which commissions iTheatrics...

Duration: 00:19:50


Rob Ruha awarded prestigious Arts Laureate Award

10/18/2017
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Each recipient receives $50,000 to be used in any way they choose. Past winners include Taika Waititi, Chris Knox, Moana Maniapoto, Eleanor Catton and Jane Campion.

Duration: 00:22:38


Foreign sounds and fiddle dancing

10/17/2017
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Recently Java Dance Company violinist Tristan Carter has been travelling around the world, visiting among others places India, Georgia, and Iran.

Duration: 00:16:23


Have piano will travel

10/17/2017
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Pianist Jonathan Crayford is gearing up to hit the road with a Steinway D concert grand; not the usual way of doing things as a pianist but then Mr. Crayford has a fondness for being unique. And when you have your own piano with you there are unlimited possibilities for pop-up concerts. As a preliminary part of this series Jonathan plays Suite Gallery in Wellington, with national tour dates soon after.

Duration: 00:20:29


Chinese Language Week co-chairs Jo Coughlan and Raymond Huo

10/17/2017
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This week is the third New Zealand Chinese Language Week. Eva Radich is joined by the co-chairs of the week Jo Coughlan and Raymond Huo.

Duration: 00:22:38


Wrapping up the Tempo

10/16/2017
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Justin Gregory reviews Auckland’s Tempo Dance Festival shows Limbs @ 40, Java Dance's The Wine Project, Orchids, and A World with Your Wound In It.

Duration: 00:14:24


Love through the lungs

10/16/2017
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Mezzo Soprano Catrin Johnsson and pianist Rachel Fuller hit the road this Labour weekend with Voices NZ for three concerts to celebrate Spring and Love.

Duration: 00:26:21


Stroma’s Maximum Minimalism

10/16/2017
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Maximum Minimalism is the paradoxical title of Stroma’s concert at Wellington’s City Gallery featuring the hypnotic, looping sound worlds of composers Steve Reich, Julia Wolfe, Alison Isadora and Terry Riley. Stroma’s artistic co-director Michael Norris is promising that the less is more approach will titillate your eardrums and stimulate your senses.

Duration: 00:18:42


Singing for the dispossessed with the GALS

10/15/2017
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GALS, the Auckland Gay and Lesbian choir is celebrating its 25th anniversary with an event that highlights an important issue for Auckland: homelessness. The choir will perform The Street Requiem composed back in 2014 to help Melbourne communities struggling with homelessness and street violence. Composer and conductor Kathleen McGuire has worked for social justice all her life. She was based in San Francisco for many years and talks about the growing problem of homelessness and the...

Duration: 00:24:05


Was it an Ode to Joy?

10/15/2017
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Tony Ryan joined the sold out crowd at Wigram Airforce Museum on Saturday for the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra’s Ode to Joy featuring Beethoven’s famous 9th Symphony and his less well known Violin Concerto. How well did it live up to expectations?

Duration: 00:10:08


Nĭ Hăo! Chinese Language week kicks off

10/15/2017
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Today marks the beginning of the third New Zealand Chinese Language Week. So it’s a good time to get a primer on some of the basics. Language teacher Chunxiao Lu has been helping RNZ presenters up their skills, and she was kind enough to help to brainstorm a new name for Eva Radich. Chunxio also tells us about the history of the dialects, and its connection to other languages – including Te Reo.

Duration: 00:25:15


Acclaimed Irish songwriter visits NZ

10/12/2017
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Acclaimed Irish singer/songwriter Declan O’Rourke is a man of many skills. The acclaimed story teller guitarist has broken through those barriers dividing pop, rock and classical. He’s worked with some of the biggest names in the business, and has orchestrated his own music – without any formal classical training. He’s playing in Wellington and Nelson this weekend.

Duration: 00:19:32


The sound of Donna Dean’s guitar

10/12/2017
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Tui award winning singer/songwriter Donna Dean is in the spotlight for “The Sound of Her Guitar”, a documentary following her journey from state houses in Auckland’s Glenn Innes to Texas clubs performing country music. She joins us to discuss the film created by Bill Morris, how she found her voice in country music, and how winning three Tuis changed her life.

Duration: 00:22:53


CSO’s Joyful Ode

10/12/2017
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The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra presents a Beethoven feast with its Ode to Joy concert this weekend amongst the planes at the Airforce Museum in Christchurch. More than 200 performers lead by Chief Conductor Benjamin Northey gather their forces for this joyous night. Soloist Martin Riseley provides the gourmet element with Beethoven’s Violin Concerto.

Duration: 00:19:15


New Organ concerto for AYO

10/11/2017
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The Auckland Youth Orchestra, along with soloist Rebecca Lee is on the road performing an organ concerto written especially for them. Composer John Wells has created the work for Rebecca to play either on digital or pipe organ. He explains the technicalities and why Lee was the perfect soloist and what organ associations are doing to attract the next generation to this music.

Duration: 00:12:57


Satirical swing by Andrew London Trio

10/11/2017
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Music should be fun, and the Andrew London Trio puts the enjoyment into it with their original arrangements. The trio is half way through a national wide tour as part of Arts on Tour NZ taking in 23 venues. Nothing is out of reach for the group who cover everything from the shearing shed of Southland to male insecurities presented with a folk, blues, country and hip hop vibe and some 1940’s swing.

Duration: 00:18:43


Pianist adds fusion to Auckland Jazz Fest

10/11/2017
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Belgium pianist Jef Neve is bringing his jazz fusion music to the Auckland Jazz Festival this week. He’s currently touring Australia and New Zealand with his jazz trio combined with a string quartet playing original material. His latest CD has featured on the Belgian pop charts all year; the high class playing sits easily within pop, jazz and contemporary classical genre.

Duration: 00:27:42


Keeping the NZSD students on their toes

10/10/2017
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The New Zealand School of Dance is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a number of events and guests. One of them is American dancer Victoria Simon who has been teaching the next generation how to perform George Balanchine. She’s the Ballet Mistress for the Trust that keeps his work alive. She discusses the unique aspects of dancing a Balanchine work as well as her own career as a dancer and choreographer.

Duration: 00:20:45


APO unwrapping Brahms

10/10/2017
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The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra continues to make classical music accessible through their Unwrapping concerts. Tonight the APO performs a section of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No 2, giving the audience a taste of what to expect in their upcoming Fire Music concert. Conductor Guy Noble deconstructs how Brahms created his symphonic scale concerto.

Duration: 00:21:38

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