Upbeat for Friday 15 July 2016
1 pm Throwing caution to the wind
Wairua Sinfonietta Conductor Elizabeth Lau draws on old friends and new for a Winter Soirée Fundraiser Concert. Yuka Eguchi and Matthew Cave are guest Concert Master and Double Bass soloist for this special event. Yuka is used to throwing herself into new situations: she's one of the leading Concert Masters in Japan but has left her comfortable life behind to become assistant Concert Master of New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
1.20 Is it worth giving up everything for love?
New Zealand Opera's La traviata opened last night in Christchurch. Francis Yapp critiques the story of love, sacrifice and heartbreak, with soprano Madeleine Pierard making her debt as courtesan Violetta, Enea Scala as Alfredo and baritone Phillip Rhodes as his father Giorgio Germont.
1.30 Three's company
Young New Zealand pianist Jun Bouterey-Ishido talks about his busy life since winning the Kerikeri International Piano Competition in 2008. Now he's touring the world as part of the Calvino Trio, presently playing New Zealand.
1.45 The Little New Zealand Mermaid
The story of the Little Mermaid is being retold in a new way at the Court Theatre these school holidays. Playwright Allison Horsley has intertwined the Māori myth Pania of the Reef with Hans Christian Andersen’s story to create something with a uniquely New Zealand flavour. It features original music performed by three actors, including Jane Leonard.