27 Feb 2018

Upbeat for Tuesday 27 Feb

From Upbeat, 11:26 am on 27 February 2018


New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s David Bremner shares his memories of legendary brass player Ken Smith. Was Jordi Savall striking for the NZ Festival? New Release featuring Debussy and an interesting commission by a young composer.

NZSO principal trombonist David Bremner

NZSO principal trombonist David Bremner Photo: supplied

1pm: Review – RNZB’s The Piano.

The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s take on Jane Campion’s iconic film The Piano has been adapted for stage by Otto and Jiri Bubeincek. Jennifer Shennan reviews the full length ballet that opened in Wellington on Friday.

Royal New Zealand Ballet's The Piano

Royal New Zealand Ballet's The Piano Photo: Ross Brown

1.30pm A tragic love story @Twilight

Failing health, euthanasia and family trying to get their hands on inheritance permeate the retelling of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Adapted by Geraldine Brophy, with a score composed by Sam Jones, the tragic love story is set in a retirement village and takes a stark look at issues many us are facing today.

Geraldine Brophy

Geraldine Brophy Photo: Supplied


Tonight Stephen De Pledge debuts A New Zealand Partita, featuring new commissions by seven Kiwi composers inspired by Bach’s Partitas. We explore thought provoking commissions with interesting back stories, including a piece from Paganini.

Stephen De Pledge

Stephen De Pledge Photo: Supplied