1.00 A feast for the senses

Chaucer's Troilus & Criseyde

Chaucer's Troilus & Criseyde the greatest love poem of the Middle Ages Photo: Supplied

Today is the shortest day, but for some night time is more magical than daylight. The solstice is being marked with a festival called Lōemis with ancient songs from Aurora Four, and a rather large feast. Emeritus Professor Robert Easting from Victoria University reads poems by Chaucer and Shakespeare to mark the longest night of the year.

1.20 Symphony's storytelling

German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser

German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser Photo: Sarah wijzenbeek

Peter Mechen reviews The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s Scheherazade featuring Kodaly’s Dances of Galánta, Lalo’s Cello Concerto performed by international soloist Johannes Moser, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade.

1.40 The Art of Etiquette – Symphony Orchestras

NZSO National Youth Orchestra

NZSO National Youth Orchestra Photo: Inspire Photography

The concert hall is the place to soak in stunning sounds created by the orchestra. But it’s also a place that amplifies every spoken word, cough and sneeze. New Zealand Symphony Orchestra cellist Brigid O’Meeghan explains when to applaud, if air-conducting is acceptable and why a plastic parka isn’t the best attire.