1 MADAMA BUTTERFLY
Puccini gives opera wings in this timeless classic.23, 25, 28, 30 July & 1 August
2 THE POWER AND THE PASSION
NZSO bring out big guns Liszt and Mahler.15 July
3 RESENE ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN FILM FESTIVAL
The Archi-porn film circuit. 25 June – 8 July
4 TURNOVSKY JUBILEE ENSEMBLE
NZ Chamber Music Contest turns fidd(l)y. 21 June
5 LYTTELTON FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Go large at the portside Matariki.13 – 21 June
ORCA & ELECT THE DEAD SYMPHONY
Light and dark collide as System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian joins the Canterbury Symphony Orchestra for the Orca & Elect the Dead Symphony Tour.
Selecting Christchurch as the venue for his only New Zealand concert after a wildly successful European leg of the tour, Tankian’s Orca mixes influences from early 20th century composers with modern film compositional dynamics.According to Tankian, “Orca is known as the killer whales, but is really a dark dolphin, a symbolism for human dichotomy”.So what can you expect? How about a mingling of sounds and intertwining pieces that are both serene and bombastic at the same time (say what?), offering a fresh interpretation to the classical music. All four acts of Orca will be performed alongside many songs from the critically-acclaimed Elect the Dead Symphony.Tankian and the CSO’s Orca & Elect the Dead Symphony Tour will be hitting CBS...
With the last album Buffalo (2011) getting a European release, Fandango sees the band stretching musically, seemingly to take on the world. Fandango is the band's first double and as such, there are progressive rock elements aplenty. The 70's pastoral feel of Pink Floyd is evident on the superb 'Modern Rock' and 'Inside me Dead' is dripping in the psychedelic hues the band so love. 'The Captain' is a standout pop gem and a single in-waiting. Frontman Samuel Flynn Scott has called the 78-minute double "test match music" and it's languid, free-flowing nature confirms this. Nothing is hurried, and if anything, that may be an aspect that could have been tightened up. The 18-minute closer 'Friendly Society' is a good idea, but it never really arrives at any great payoff. Like a test match, Fandango takes its time and meanders through its 2 sides without ever really breaking sweat. Sure, 'Friendly Society'...
In this age of information overload, it was astonishing that Bowie, one of the old guard, could spend two years making an album and that no one knew he was doing it. To everyone, he seemed a man retired. Reclusive. Possibly a spent force. How wrong we mere mortals have been of the Starman. The Next Day is superb. From the icon toying with his own iconic cover, TND is bold and yes, chameleon-like. It opens with a sax-driven stormer in the title track, gets poppy with The Stars (are out tonight), then settles in to drop song after memorable song. Be it ballads, rockers or pop gems TND is bold, smart and confident as hell. Bowie: the hero for the next day … and the next day. By Chris Mooar, Penny Lane Records Riccarton
Biggest Selling Right Now At Penny Lane David Bowie The Next Day; Various Artists Songs...