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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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A mass of voices join together for festival

9/19/2017
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The VoCo Festival, which celebrates singing in all its shapes and forms is on in Auckland. From choral to a cappella performances and workshops, the festival is attracting people from far and wide, including European favourite a cappella ensemble The Real Group. Festival organisers Brian Lee and Belinda Sydenham explain why it’s important for everyone to have their voices heard.

Duration: 00:14:01


Auckland Theatre Company’s Focus on Family

9/19/2017
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The 2017/2018 season from the Auckland Theatre Company focuses on family, from mothers and daughters, and a father and son, to brothers, twins and a grandmother across nine productions. Highlights include Maurice Gee’s Under the Mountain and George Orwell’s 1984. Colin McColl takes us through what else we can expect in the next 12 months.

Duration: 00:13:58


Politics: Are National Standards degrading Arts and Music education?

9/19/2017
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Arts and Music education is being diluted – that’s according to organisations within the education sector and some major political parties. The groups say National Standards are preventing children from being creative, and that in turn has a flow-on effect into secondary and tertiary education. NZEI, MENZA, and the PPTA, along with Act, NZ First and The Greens give their stance.

Duration: 00:09:22


Review: Edinburgh Festival

9/18/2017
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Tony Ryan has been globe-trotting to catch some of the best (and most interesting acts) at this year’s Edinburgh Festival. The festival is celebrating 70 years, so what took Tony’s fancy and was it worth the trek?

Duration: 00:22:03


Visual arts to soak in during spring

9/18/2017
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David Alsop returns with what’s worth soaking in during spring. He shines the spotlight on current arts policies and what they have meant for the visual arts in the lead up to this week’s election. He also looks at what’s on at the Auckland Art Gallery, Laurence Aberhart’s photography at Christchurch Art Gallery and the late Sir Paul Holmes art collection.

Duration: 00:15:39


Day at Night

9/18/2017
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Doris Day is the inspiration behind Ali Harper’s new show A Doris Day Special. Ali documents the “singing sweetheart” of America though a string of movie hits and top 10 songs, with music direction from Rodger Fox. It’s on, at night, at Circa Theatre until the middle of October.

Duration: 00:22:41


Pianomania hits the country

9/17/2017
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There’s something charming, yet manic, about Pianomania, a concert following the history of the piano with charismatic pianist/director Freddy Kempf and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. The series is already underway and continues this week featuring some of the most recognizable piano works from the past 300 years including Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 21 and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue

Duration: 00:21:37


Review: New Zealand Opera’s Katya Kabanova

9/17/2017
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New Zealand Opera’s final production of 2017, Janacek’s Katya Kabanova, opened in Auckland this weekend. It follows house wife Katya, who is expected to stay at home and obey her husband and cruel mother. But she’s determined to break free of the shackles of home. Justin Gregory reviews Katya Kabanova at Auckland’s Aotea Centre.

Duration: 00:17:54


Spring fling for Auckland Uni

9/17/2017
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Spring is being celebrated through opera, jazz, movie screens and musical collaborations at University of Auckland’s School of Music. The two week festival of events involve young performers and the APO. Composed a documentary about performance anxiety is also showing. Students will show their skills in jazz, song writing, choral and classical disciplines and a staff performance of Saint-Saëns's humorous suite of fourteen movements, The Carnival of the Animals.

Duration: 00:22:07


Powerful messages through song

9/14/2017
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Punk Rock musical That Bloody Woman is currently touring the country. While the main focus is on suffragette Kate Sheppard’s fight for the female right to vote, young singer Phoebe Hurst nearly steals the show with her anthem by an abused housewife Quarter Acre Dream. Phoebe shines the spotlight on being part of the 100 percent Kiwi made musical, her classical music training and her original song recordings.

Duration: 00:18:50


Rising star to perform rarely-heard violin concerto

9/14/2017
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Rising star Tamsin Waley-Cohen is described by The Guardian as performing with “fearless intensity”. She’ll be bringing that passion to her performance of Samuel Barber's rarely-heard Violin Concerto with Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Benjamin Northey. Tamsin is the only British recipient of the European Concert Hall Organisation Rising Stars Awards for this year which means wide exposure across Europe. In her spare time she runs her own music festival.

Duration: 00:18:18


Political discussion: Arts, Culture and Heritage with National’s Maggie Barry

9/14/2017
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In our final political discussion around Arts, Culture and Heritage policy, recent Minister for the Arts Maggie Barry outlines where National stands on funding for the Arts, what the Arts contribute to our national identity, and how National intends on growing the sector.

Duration: 00:22:33


Disabled musician’s musical path

9/13/2017
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Georgia Steel is a high flying young violist and conductor who is legally blind. She’s currently studying at the New Zealand School of Music and plays in the New Zealand Youth Orchestra. The young musician guides us through her experiences in music, how technology has allowed her skills to develop and what it’s like learning from some of the best violists in the country.

Duration: 00:19:23


A Maori boy’s musical about a Hollywood star

9/13/2017
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Rutene Spooner grew up on the East Coast and he was so inspired by Hollywood and Broadway actor Hugh Jackman that he wrote a musical about him. Super Hugh-man makes its debut at the Auckland Live Cabaret Festival and brings together original songs, Kapa Haka and Broadway smash hits. Rutene performs live, explains to Zoë George why Hugh Jackman was his inspiration and how he manages to juggle his solo show with his Modern Maori Quartet appearances.

Duration: 00:20:57


Political discussion: Arts, Culture and Heritage with Maori co-leader Marama Fox

9/13/2017
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Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox contributes to this week’s ongoing discussion on arts, culture and heritage policy. With just over a week until the general election what will the Maori Party offer for Arts? Where should funding go? What is the importance of repatriating New Zealand artifacts?

Duration: 00:14:09


Kiwi peace campaigners’ words brought to life for International Day of Peace

9/12/2017
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September 21st marks the International Day of Peace. The Tudor Consort presents a concert full of choral music dedicated to peace. Among the works is the premiere of Gemma Peacocke’s Pacific, a song cycle featuring words from famous Kiwi peace campaigners including Te Whiti, David Lange and Archibald Baxter.

Duration: 00:26:57


Political discussion: Arts, culture and heritage with the Greens’ Barry Coates

9/12/2017
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The Greens contribute to our ongoing discussion about arts, culture and heritage policy in the lead up to the general election. Greens Party Arts spokesperson Barry Coates delves into saving heritage buildings, why New Zealand artists need better representation on the international scene and who should control funding for the Arts.

Duration: 00:18:02


Behind the glitz and glamour of Cole Porter

9/11/2017
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Anything goes for Cole, a retelling of Cole Porter’s life, on at the Auckland Cabaret Festival and Christchurch Arts Festival. Love affairs, loss and toe tapping songs make up the show performed by award winning Australian performer Michael Griffiths. He explains how Porter got under his skin and why his musical genius is so nice to come home to.

Duration: 00:23:49


EDM with a Symphonic twist

9/11/2017
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Is it a rave or is it a concert? Symphony orchestras and electronic dance music aren’t frequent bed fellows, but later this month Auckland Symphony Orchestra teams up with some of the best DJs in the country to bring top EDM hits to life with an orchestral accent. Zoë George speaks with organizer Erika Amoore and orchestrator Ryan Youens about colliding dance music with the orchestra.

Duration: 00:17:58


Political discussion: Arts, culture and heritage with TOP’s Mika Haka

9/11/2017
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We are continuing our series of conversations with arts spokespeople from some of New Zealand’s key political parties in the build-up to the general election. The Opportunities Party is the new player on the political scene. Mika Haka, who is running for Auckland Central, draws on his experience as a dancer and talks about why the Arts are important to TOP.

Duration: 00:16:26

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