World-class ivory tinkler Michael Houstoun, is known and loved by audiences nationwide, and this Friday, alongside Chamber Music New Zealand, he's set to wow Christchurch audiences with a unique programme of works inspired by Bach’s back catalogue. The piano did not exist during Bach’s lifetime – this is an exciting chance to hear how other composers have interpreted his music for the instrument, with the programme including piano transcriptions and homages to Bach by Rachmaninov, Shostakovich and Lizst.
The illuminating concert also features Douglas Lilburn’s Chaconne, and a brand new commission by New Zealand composer Ross Harris, Fugue for Piano. This is one Christchurch Arts Festival event not to be missed!
Michael Houston18 September, Charles Luney Auditorium, St Margaret’s Collegewww.chambermusic.co.nz
The local art scene did it tough for a while after the quakes, with lack of suitable spaces in particular a real problem, but necessity being the mother of invention (particularly in resilient art circles), we’ve seen it bounce back well, with artistic havens popping up in all sorts of places.
With the work of so many outstanding local artists showcased within easy reach, there’s really no excuse for not knowing the local talent – so get out there and uncover the next big thing!
Svetlana Orinko, Japonica Blossoms: Bryce Gallery.
We may be waiting on the Arts Centre, Christchurch Art Gallery (soon!) and CoCA Gallery (very soon!) to re-open, but that doesn’t mean the central city is bereft of art – far from it. There’s plenty of spectacular new street art to check out, but a whole host of formal establishments, too. Drop into the unique Auricle sound...
The Royal New Zealand Ballet seems to have a major hit on its hands after the sell-out world premiere of The Vodafone Season of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Wellington on the 20th of August – good news for Christchurch audiences with the production heading to the Isaac Theatre Royal from 27-29 August, to be accompanied by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.
The brand new ballet by 29 year old British choreographer Liam Scarlett, one of the most sought-after choreographers in the world today, seems to have won over critics and audience members alike.
“The magic and delight never let up. This is an absolutely splendid production of which choreographer, Liam Scarlett and the Royal New Zealand Ballet can be justifiably proud” says dance critic Ann Hunt from the Dominion Post. “One can see why he (Scarlett) is the current wunderkind of British ballet.”
Jennifer Shennan noted that “The dance rises...
Finding beauty in the discarded and vast emptiness, Christchurch artist Gail Batchelor’s upcoming exhibition Wearing Coats at Qb Studios features a fascinating collection of lyrical abstract paintings and monochromatic collage prints.
This thought-provoking series, based on the peeling hulls of derelict fishing boats Batchelor found in Moeraki, is inspired by the many layered and broken surfaces of these retired vessels, their endless trips out to sea, and their quieter times of rejuvenation and repair.
Utilising enamel paint to create vibrancy and resilience, the pieces are canvassed on wooden boards or aluminium sheeting. Batchelor deliberately layered and sanded back the works achieving the complexity of texture and colours reflective of the many hands that have worked on these boats, and of the accidental spills, the patches, and the continual cycle of wear and maintenance over time in one of nature’s most beautiful and mercurial environments.
Also on exhibition will be prints...
New at CPIT's ArtBox this week is Baker’s Dozen, a collaborative exhibition of works by third year Bachelor of Design students studying Visual Arts at CPIT.The students were given the freedom to pursue their own personal themes and ideas for the exhibition, and have produced a wide variety of work that spans a broad range of styles and media, making a visit to the exhibition a diverse and interesting one. Baker's Dozen will feature works from Candice Hamilton, Ashleigh Horrell, Jo Snell, Nina Brown, Lisa Isbister, Jay Skelton, Gareth Castillo, Allen Chen, Brenna Crump, Maryanne O'Reilly, Donna Stewart, Astrid Ayrey, and Aggie PalmerThe exhibition kicks off with an opening preview evening on Wednesday before running at ArtBox from the 31st of July until the 10th of August. Viewing hours at Artbox are Tue - Fri 10am-4pm and Sat/Sun 12 - 4pm....
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...