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London Conchord are an acclaimed chamber music ensemble that are sometimes referred to as the “London Supergroup” in chamber music circles. They’re coming to New Zealand for the first time this spring to treat local classical aficionados to the rich sound that has won them a worldwide following. Stuffed to the gunnels with musical talent, the 8-piece ensemble combines strings, wind and piano to delightful purpose. They’ll be treating Christchurch audiences to a programme of Mozart, Schoenberg, Poulenc and Debussy at Charles Luney Auditorium on the 11th of October in what is sure to be one of the highlights of the local classical music calendar of 2016. London Conchord Ensemble, Charles Luney Auditorium, Tuesday 11 October. Tickets via www.chambermusic.co.nz...
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Cityscape has a chat to Irish-Aussie comedian Jimeoin ahead of his upcoming show here as part of the New Zealand International Comedy Festival. Looking at your poster and show name Yeehaa!, are we to believe that you’re a bit of a cowboy at heart?Yeehaa. Grew up on westerns. Wasn't allowed a gun as grew up in Northern Ireland and we weren't allowed them. Not even toy ones. What can Kiwi audiences expect from your latest show?A big laugh. You will be none the wiser at the end of it. You appear to have the hardest working eyebrows in the business; do you have a special training regime or do they require any pre-show exercises?I think it's because people had a hard time understanding me – I had to be expressive.  You’re now billed as a ‘Comedy Superstar’ – what sort of pressure does that add to your performance?I am? Well I'll...
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Transforming Horncastle Arena into the magical and imaginary world of Quidam – thought up by a bored and ignored young girl – is a big ask, but with 20 years of honing their craft behind them, Cirque du Soleil drops you right up smack in the middle of this ethereal ‘hood. On the eve of retiring their long-running world tour (right here in Christchurch!) Québec’s finest are not so much going out with a bang, but rather a super nova with this spectacular performance. At the forefront of pushing the boundaries of what is possible with the human body, Quidam blends a rich line of comedy with outrageous costuming, some slightly sinister characters, ridiculous feats of strength and gravity defying aerobatics with pulse quickening, heart-in-the-mouth, cringe-inducing moments and haunting song in what is quite possibly one of the best night’s entertainment going. With all the action accompanied by a live...
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Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals are heading this way in February early next year, marking their first NZ national headline tour since 2003. After going on hiatus in 2008, the band has reunited this year and are touring shortly after completing their first new album in 8 years, Call It What It Is, due for release in April 2016.So is your chance to be among the first to hear songs from the album – along with previous classic favourites that have made the group a big seller here such as ‘Burn To Shine’, ‘Steal My Kisses’ and ‘Diamonds On The Inside’. Harper and the crew hit Horncastle Arena on Leap Day, February 29, with tickets on sale from Monday the 23rd of November. Head to www.livenation.co.nz for concert details and ticketing!...
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Freddy Kampf. Image: Neda Navae.   The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra opens its 2015 season with more masterful music from classical favourite Beethoven. Following last year’s popular Beethoven: The Symphonies concert series, the orchestra doubles down on the German great, with its first national tour for 2015 set to feature the famous composer’s much-loved piano concertos, performed and directed by British piano star Freddy Kempf. This charismatic force of nature at the piano is famous for his mesmerising finger work. This is the ideal concert series for this internationally acclaimed musician, who is on his fourth visit to New Zealand. He last performed with the NZSO in 2012 when he played works by Gershwin, Bernstein and Shostakovich.   Freddy and the NZSO hit the Horncastle Arena stage on Tuesday the 10th of March to present the Emperor Piano Concerto No. 5 and the fiery drama of the Third Piano Concerto....
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The dramatic presentation of a fascinating true-life story comes to Christchurch during the New Zealand Icefest with a short season of the award-winning play HeLa. The play is based on the life of Henrietta Lacks – a woman who walked into the coloured section of a hospital in Baltimore in 1951, complaining of a pain in her abdomen. When Henrietta’s doctor took a sample of her cells during his examination, she unknowingly became a part of some of the most important scientific discoveries of the past 100 years. HeLa is an all-consuming story, intertwining genetic identity, social responsibility and current ethical debates about human tissue research and ownership. This solo show by Adura Onashile takes as its inspiration the true life story of Henrietta Lacks and the extraordinary life of the HeLa cell line, which continues to be used in medical research today. HeLa comes to New Zealand following a successful presentation...
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This year’s 2degrees Comedy Convoy drives its metaphorical big-rigs into town this year on the 14th of May, hauling a payload of hilarity to be dished out by a choice selection of international and local stars from the line-up of the 2014 NZ International Comedy Festival. Trucking in for the big show this year are:Team captain on TV3′s 7Days, Paul Ego (NZ) leads the fleet of comedians in 2014. A 20-year veteran of the NZ comedy scene; he’s also a qualified sign writer and a loving but mostly ineffective father. "Entertaining, insightful and has a terrific rapport with his audience" - NZ HeraldMarkus Birdman (UK) as seen on the 2013 Comedy Gala, is a leading comic on the UK live circuits. Returning to NZ, he showcases his sharp perspectives on life, marriage and romantic archetypes. “Birdman is the all-round package; witty, controversial, hip, topical and silly” – BBCIf you were to...