Upbeat for Monday 18 July 2016
1pm Lexus finalists announced
1.10 Violins and Vienna
New Zealand violinist Benjamin Morrison has been a member of the Vienna State Opera and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras for over a year. He tells us about the process of first proving your skills over an extended audition period before becoming eligible to apply for membership of one of the top orchestras on earth.
1.20 Capturing the magic of the classical guitar
Young Russian classical guitarist Vladimir Gorbach has won more than 10 of the most important international competitions and is nothing short of a magician with the breadth of scintillating music he can breath life into. He's toured virtually everywhere and is now also half of Duo Cologne with Goran Krivokapic.
1.40 From soap opera to stage
Loved Australian star of long running TV soap Home and Away, Ray Meagher talks to Zoë George about sliding from the silver screen to the stage for the New Zealand season of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert where he plays Bob the Mechanic. He shines the spotlight on where his famous Alf Stewart catch-phrases come from, what happens when he's back stage and how he keeps his stamina up at 72.