Supported by generous help from the Turnovsky Endowment Trust

SOUNZtender – NZ Music going for a song…..

By , 30/05/2010
New Zealand composers putting their creative talents up for auctioning online? Local music patrons, sponsors and benefactors competing amongst themselves for compositional favours from our top composers? Amid the recent shivers caused by icy blasts directed by politicians and bureaucrats against music practitioners and disseminators such as the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Radio New Zealand Concert, this composer-inspired project from the Centre For New Zealand Music represented a... read more

Ensembled delights from Amici in Wellington

By , 30/05/2010
Whether it was my watching Harpo Marx in that memorable harp-playing scene from the film "A Night in Casablanca" which I remember seeing as a child, or my being smitten as a young man by the beautiful Rebecca Harris, the NZSO's harpist during the 1970s, I'm not entirely sure; but I've always been drawn towards music written either for a solo harp or to music with prominent parts for... read more

Poinsett Piano Trio at Waikanae

Chamber music is alive and well in Waikanae; the audience here was larger than it usually is at the Sunday afternoon series at the Ilott Theatre in Wellington.

Wellingtonian Christopher Hutton was making a welcome return, with his Trio, as part of a 14-centre tour of New Zealand, of which this was the last concert. The Trio is based at Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina. It... read more

Wallowing in International Art while staying at home

By , 30/05/2010
Musings and a review by Peter Coates. This week has been a very exciting one for me. Last Sunday I saw a performance of Wushu martial arts by twenty-four Chinese visiting experts. This was spectacular, colourful and beautifully choreographed and performed in front of an appeciative audience at the Wellington Town Hall. Modern dance choreographers in Wellington should have been along to witness it. This was followed by another Chinese delight... read more

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