New Zealand Arts Review
Reviews, News and Commentary by John Daly-Peoples
Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Timeless Auckland Town Hall October 23 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s latest concert, “Timeless” was an opportunity to hear significant compositions from three major composers but it also provided an insight into the ways that music changed in a short period. The three […]
Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Reflections Auckland Town Hall October 22 Debussy’s Prelude a L’après-midi d’un faune (“The Afternoon of a Faun”) is based loosely on the poem by he Stéphane Mallarmé which describes the sensual experiences of a faun waking up from his afternoon sleep and reflecting on his encounters with […]
Mt Eden Chamber Music FestivalMt Eden Village CentreOctober 30 – November 1 Eden Arts has announced the concert line-up for this year’s Mt Eden Chamber Music Festival. The Festival in the heart of Mt Eden Village has become one of Auckland’s must-see cultural events and has had audiences thrilled with the concept, programming and quality […]
Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples NZ Trio, InterFusions Auckland Concert Chamber October 18 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples It is hard to imagine the shock, surprise or elation of audiences in the past confronted by new music. We know of the riot which happened on the first night of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and the bafflement on […]
Rebiewed by John Daly-Peoples Nature – Stilled, Jane Ussher Te Papa Press RRP $70 Visiting the natural history section of the museum is always a rewarding experience, seeing what constitutes the ecosystem we live in. Strolling around the collections reveals some remarkable treasures although we often overlook the smaller, less interesting things. Why spend time […]
Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Monumental Auckland Town Hall October 10 The NZSO’s Monumental concert opened with Strauss’ ”Metamorphosen” which he had written as World War II was coming to its tragic conclusion. It is something of a requiemdedicated to what the composer saw as the destruction of the cultural life of […]
Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples APO at the Opera, Tales of Passion and Betrayal The Trusts Community Foundation Opera in Concert Auckland Town Hall October 9 One of the upsides to the Covid crisis is that many of our world class singers are marooned in New Zealand at the moment. Simon O’Neill is normally performing at […]
Review. John Daly-Peoples David McCracken, Exalt in Transmission Gow Langsford Gallery (Lorne St) Until October 24 David McCracken’s latest exhibition features five large metal sculptures which look at first sight like rusted, large, toothed constructions, remnants of the industrial age. The toothed wheel or belt is central to the development of mechanical technology and is […]
Jersey BoysThe Story of Frankie Valli & The Four SeasonsAuckland, The Civic17 April – 9 May 2021 Wellington, Opera House21 May – 6 June 2021 Jersey Boys which is one of the great musicals of the 21st century is having a return season to Auckland next year. The show tells the story of how four […]
Garry Currin, This Earth Whitespace Gallery Until October 8 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Gary Currin’s landscapes can be seen as a continuation of the apocalyptic paintings of the nineteenth century artist such as J.M.W. Turner and John Martin. Their approach saw the landscape depicted in a theatrical fashion with an emphasis on dramatic events and […]
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