Upbeat for Friday 19 February 2016
Cellist Tomas Hurnik unveils his new initiative: the Baroque Music Community and Educational Trust of New Zealand. Tomas has a passion for baroque music performance and has set up the Trust to provide opportunities to perform on period instruments. The first concert under the new Trust is tomorrow in Christchurch's Knox Church
Chamber Music New Zealand is offering an Audio Description and a Touch Tour for visually impaired concert goers during the April tour by Les Talens Lyriques. Sue Jane explains how the narration service will describe what a sighted person takes for granted. A similar experience was offered last year before the Turnovsky Jubilee Ensemble concert at the Auckland Town Hall with players from Sistema Aotearoa giving their instruments to non sighted audience members to touch.
Choreographer Maria Dabrowska has been working with dancers from Footnote New Zealand Dance's recent ChoreoLab on a work to premiere in Wellington next week. Who Are We Now? was inspired by Maria's experience as she watched hordes of joyless people exiting a train at Wellington railway station. Dabrowska asks "What are we moving towards? Who are we now?"