Including Edo de Waart, Bel Canto and Tecwyn Evans.
SATURDAY APRIL 2
Music Alive (RNZ Concert, 7.30pm). The NZSO’s new music director, Edo de Waart, is welcomed with a huge concert at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington: Mahler’s Symphony No 3 will feature the NZSO Chorale, Wellington Young Voices and Swedish mezzo Charlotte Hellekant. This performance is broadcast live and kicks off de Waart’s Masterworks 2016 season of concertos and major symphonies. International soloists this year include renowned Mozart pianist Ronald Brautigam, Scottish-Italian violinist Nicola Benedetti, German cellist Leonard Elschenbroich, former NZSO section principal horn Samuel Jacobs and German soprano Christiane Libor.
MONDAY APRIL 4
Music Alive (RNZ Concert, 7.20pm). The Big Sing 2015 winners Bel Canto, from Burnside High School, perform Sirens from Debussy’s Nocturnes in tonight’s concert from Christchurch, although the evening’s main focus is the world premiere of Chris Cree Brown’s Viola Concerto, written especially for the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra’s principal violist Serenity Thurlow.
WEDNESDAY APRIL 6
Music Alive (RNZ Concert, 7.00pm). They’re singing our songs there: Kiwi conductor Tecwyn Evans takes the BBC Singers through a programme of choral music by New Zealanders and Australians, including Jenny McLeod’s Childhood, David Griffiths’ Lie Deep, My Love and Leonie Holmes’ Through Coiled Stillness. Australia is represented by Stephen Leek’s Great Southern Spirits. The concert was recorded for BBC Radio 3 in St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge.
THURSDAY APRIL 7
Entartete Musik (RNZ Concert, 7.00pm). A pre-concert talk in which Roger Smith speaks to Michael Haas about his book Forbidden Music: The Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis. Then, live from the Auckland Town Hall at 8.00pm, German conductor Johannes Fritzsch leads the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in a concert of this so-called degenerate music by Mendelssohn, Stravinsky and Schoenberg. The latter’s Violin Concerto, written in California after his exile from Germany, is performed by violinist Michael Barenboim, son of Daniel.
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MORE GOLDEN YEARS
Diana Wichtel’s appreciative comments on Country Calendar: 50 Golden Years (TV Review, March 19) were well deserved but, like the programme itself, mistaken in one respect. Country Calendar is, in fact, older than 50 years. After the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation (NZBC) was established in 1962, a nightly half-hour slot was allocated for television news and current affairs. We divided it into 23 minutes of straight news and then seven minutes under the generic title of Postscript, with a different theme each night.
Country Calendar, with Conon Fraser as sole reporter, had a seven-minute slot (foreign affairs, politics, news media analysis and religion had the others). An extended half-hour version of Country Calendar was introduced in 1966, after we found we could actually fill 30 minutes of straight news. Most of the other Postscripts were dropped at that time, but Country Calendar was so popular it earned its own half-hour slot.
Former assistant editor, NZBC news and current affairs
THE IDIOT OF THE SPECIES
Why is it so often in TV adverts that men are depicted as gormless, bumbling morons? For instance, the drunk with tomato sauce on his chin and the long-suffering wife amazed at the mortgage interest rate percentage. Or the current idiot being fed chips and milkshake pranging the car?
If these characters were shown as women, I’m sure there would be outrage.
Jeremy Corbett and Paul Ego’s Politics in 60 Seconds (The Nation, TV3, Saturday) is one of the highlights of my week. It is intelligent, witty and very funny. Many of the participants on 7 Days (TV3, Friday) are similarly quick-witted and humorous. However, Chopper’s frequent and constant use of the f-word is neither intelligent nor funny. Could someone please tell him to grow up?
HILLS ARE ALIVE
I would like to laud Kim Hill’s Saturday Morning (RNZ National) and Graeme Hill’s Weekend Variety Wireless (Radio Live), the latter mentioned recently in the Listener. Both are well researched, bold, acute, entertaining interviewers. We’re lucky to have these two Hills in a flat, blank plain of dull dust.
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