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March 15, 2010

Coming all the way from the Netherlands, arts company De Stilje, Want… performed their work Hek (or Fence in Dutch) at Womad 2010. The comic piece, in its second year of performance, involves two civic workers who have a particular liking to a fence. It serves them as a place to sleep, exercise and even […]

March 1, 2010

Beginning on the 5th of March, the Popup Gallery will be featuring the most recent work of the comic artist Becky Dreistadt. Educated at the Savannah College of Art and Design, she now resides in Auckland City, publishing one of New Zealand’s most beloved web comics, the hand-painted Dreistadt’s style is rich, and makes […]

October 12, 2009

Jean Sibelius was a revolutionary, not only in standing as a voice for the Finnish people themselves, but also of musical perpetuity. He stands between late romanticism and the true modern style, not unlike Beethoven an era before. With the NZSO being led by the Finnish duo of Pietari Inkinen, Music Director and Concertmaster Vesa-Matti […]

September 21, 2009

Playing in the university’s own Hunter Council Chambers, the New Zealand String Quartet performed four string quartets by the Austrian composer Franz Joseph Haydn. The concert was the second programme of two, as part of a tour in the commemoration of 200 years since his death. Both Haydn’s first and final works are both quartets, […]

August 10, 2009

Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune is a musical narrative, a ‘tone-poem’, based on the symbolist prose of the same name by Stéphane Mallarme. It was Debussy’s attempt to differentiate a modern style away from traditional, emphatic german romanticism. The opening exposition is a typical quasi-tonal theme from the flute, an explicit display of individual sonority. […]

August 3, 2009

The programme was a provocative mix of different musical personalities from two very contrasting periods during music. The works chosen were excellent examples of profound ingenuity in modern orchestration, but also paramount in the advent and stylistic perpetuity of new eras of musical ideation. Under the directorship of Mark Taddei, the Vector Wellington Orchestra proved […]

August 2, 2009

Myself, knowing of ballet primarily through its music, has put a strain into writing this review. However, it is the link between the choreography and the music of a ballet is something that carries the other with it. The two works featured at last nights concert, Dances from Napoli, and La Sylphide, were both originally […]

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