8 Jun 2018

Upbeat for Friday 8 June

From Upbeat, 12:19 pm on 8 June 2018


We preview the weekend, including the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra with the New Zealand Guitar Quartet.

New Zealand Guitar Quartet

New Zealand Guitar Quartet Photo: Facebook

1pm A winter solstice offering

The Loemis Festival is offering up winter solstice goodies for the coming weeks in Wellington. It featuring feasts, flaming figures in the harbour and fantastical musical flavours. Organiser Andrew Laking and Warren Warbrick explain more.

Somnium burning at the Loemis Festival

Somnium burning at the Loemis Festival Photo: Scott Halvorsen

1.30pm A History of Vocal Jazz: Female Icons

Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae and Sarah Vaughan take centre stage for a new six-week course being offered at the New Zealand School of music. Jazz singer-songwriter Bruce Brown gives Nick Tipping a sneak peak of what to expect in A History of Vocal Jazz: Female Icons.

Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald Photo: Public Domain


In the final of our recognising important classical patrons feature, we hear about Paul Sacher, who was both a conductor and founder of orchestras. He commissioned major works from 20 century composers for the Basel Chamber Orchestra, which he founded.

Kammerorchester Basel

Kammerorchester Basel Photo: Lukasz Rajchert