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October 6, 2008

NZTrio, St Andrews on the Terrace, 18 September Composer Competition, Adam Concert Room, 19 September STROMA, Ilott Concert Chamber, 24 September Thonthorstrok, Hunter Chamber, 28 September NZSQ Workshop, Adam Concert Room, 29 September None of the events reviewed here have been covered by the Dominion Post.

September 22, 2008

With the number of events occurring this month, perhaps September (rather than May) should have been designated New Zealand Music Month. Admittedly, not all were in the public spotlight. The SOUNZ Contemporary Award, for example, was an easily overlooked adjunct to the APRA Silver Scrolls.

August 11, 2008

Takacs Quartet, Chamber Music NZ, Town Hall, 24 July NZSO, Michael Fowler Centre, 25 July John Psathas doesn’t only do loud. New Zealand’s Olympic champion composer (and lecturer at the NZ School of Music), though renowned for the exuberant energy of such percussive scores as Matre’s Dance, has composed quiet meditative pieces ever since Waiting […]

July 28, 2008

NZSO, Michael Fowler Centre, 5 July Vector Wellington Orchestra, Wellington Town Hall, 12 July Soviet stooge or secret subversive? Opinions of Shostakovich in the West have changed radically in the last few decades. The complex reality is probably somewhere in between, but given the testimony of informed observers such as Kurt Sanderling, and the existence […]

May 19, 2008

NZSM Graduates Shine NZSO-SOUNZ Readings, Town Hall, May 5, 6 NZSM Orchestra, Old St Pauls, May 7 Made in New Zealand, NZSO, Town Hall, May 9 Kenneth Young has had a busy week. The NZ School of Music lecturer and composer (he has new compositions being premiered by the NZSO in July and the Amici […]

May 5, 2008

Ice, Fire and Water Exploring Antarctica, NZSO, Town Hall, April 18 Fire and Water, NZTrio, Ilott Concert Chamber, April 20 Wellingtonian Gareth Farr has made composing classical music cool. Very cool. Sub-zero in fact. His recent premiere with the NZSO, Terra Incognita, inspired by his visit to Antarctica, began with delicate chinking (as of ice), […]

March 24, 2008

-The Poet, Tower Voices and NZ String Quartet, Town Hall, February 24 -Landscapes, Stephen De Pledge, Ilott Theatre, February 27 -Resonances, NZSO, Michael Fowler Centre, March 1

March 10, 2008

The Trial of the Cannibal Dog Opera by Matthew Suttor New Zealand International Arts Festival Opera House, March 2, 4, 5 Captain Cook, the Kupe of the Pakeha, was a more complex character than his iconic image would suggest. This was revealed in Anne Salmond’s book The Trial of the Cannibal Dog, and explored (quirkily, […]

March 3, 2008

Transformation: from concert cantata and sung ballet, to opera – this was the miracle achieved by Opera National de Lyon under director Francois Girard (with the help of the NZ Opera Chorus and the NZSO under Jonathan Stockhammer).