17 Apr 2018

Upbeat for Tuesday 17 April

From Upbeat, 11:17 am on 17 April 2018



The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia is working with Paris Opera to bring them to Saudi Arabia; we celebrate classically trained Nina Simone’s induction to the rock and roll hall of fame, Boston Symphony announces a new assistant conductor from Thailand and we highlight classical music artists and ensembles from non-western countries.

Nina Simone

Nina Simone Photo: Wiki commons

1pm Face: the emotional and physical scars of war

Ross Harris talk about his new work Face, a vocal work written to remember the men who suffered serious facial injury during the First World War, changing their lives in the most dramatic way. The text is by Vincent O’Sullivan who says “For men like that, there’s no conclusion to the war. There is no armistice. For the rest of their lives, they lived with the day of that injury.” Face will be premiered by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra on Thursday night.

The Soldier's Face by Barry Cleavin

The Soldier's Face by Barry Cleavin Photo: Supplied

130pm Sasha Cooke

Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke is in the country to take on Hector Berlioz's song cycle Les nuits d'été with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. She speaks with Lynn Freeman about coming to singing late, playing mountaineer Rob Hall’s wife Jan Arnold and performing with the NZSO.

Sasha Cooke

Sasha Cooke Photo: Dario Acosta


We continue exploring pieces created by Dvořák. Today it’s Symphony No 2 performed by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Istvan Kertész.

Conductor Istvan Kertesz

Conductor Istvan Kertesz Photo: wikicommons