New Zealand Arts Review

Reviews, News and Commentary by John Daly-Peoples

NZSO’s passionate concert filled with events, ideas and emotions.

John Daly-Peoples New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Passione Auckland Town Hall March 14 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples “Passione” was the first NZSO concert to be held in Auckland this year celebrating its 75th anniversary. James Judd led the orchestra, fifteen years after he conducted them for its sixtieth-year anniversary in 2007. The three works on the […]

APO’s Tall Tales concert featured two remarkable story telling solioists

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Tall Tales Auckland Town Hall May 5 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples The APO’s “Tall Tales” concerts opened with Zoltan Kodaly’s “Háry Janos Suite, an impressionist tale of the quixotic, Hungarian folk hero. The Empress Marie Louise, wife of Napoleon, falls in love with Háry and takes him to […]

Robin White: A life through art revealed in new book

Reviewed by John Peoples Robin White: Something is happening Here  Edited by Sarah Farrar, Jill Trevelyan and Nina Tonga Te Papa Press & Auckland Art GalleryRRP ($70.00) Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples In “Soon the tide will turn” one of her large collaborative barkcloth works Robin White included a small image based on a painting of hers […]

Heavenly Beings: The icons which helped create a Christian brand

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples  Heavenly Beings: Icons of the Christian Orthodox World Auckland Art Gallery Until September 18 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples “Heavenly Beings: Icons of the Christian Orthodox World” consists of 118 icons of the Christian Orthodox faith drawn from Eastern Europe, Russia and the Middle East. These examples of devotional art which are […]

Christian Li: Boy Wonder and the APO

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Christian Li Plays Auckland Town Hall April 21st Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples The “Christian Li Plays” concert with the APO was the first concert this year with no restrictions on audience numbers so there was an almost full Auckland Town Hall of eager listeners. When Christian Li took […]

The Hundertwasser Art Centre: The art of transformation

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Hundertwasser Art Centre, Whangarei The  newly opened Hundertwasser Art Centre, which includes the Wairua Maori Art Gallery is one of the major projects by Friedensreich Hundertwasser who had worked on the design for several years. His vision was translated into the present form by the German architect Heinz Springmann along with […]

APO’s Dvorak concert filled with delicacy, aggresssion and potency

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Dvorak Cello Concerto New Zealand Herald Premier Series Walker, Lyric for StringsDvorak, Cello ConcertoLutosławski, Concerto for Orchestra Auckland Town Hall April 7th Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples The APO’s latest concert at the Auckland Town Hall was the first under the new Covid 19 setting which allows for up to two hundred […]

Portrait of a City. Wellington Architecture: A Walking Guide

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Wellington Architecture: A Walking Guide John Walsh and Patrick Reynolds Massey University Press RRP $30.00 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples John Walsh and photographer Patrick Reynolds have just launched “Wellington Architecture, A Walking Guide” their third book in the series of architectural walking tours following on from their books on Auckland and […]

Belinda Griffiths portraits emerge from chaos

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Belinda Griffiths, Exhale Föenander Galleries, Mt Eden Until April 20 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Belinda Griffiths latest exhibition “Exhale” at Föenander Galleries is largely of figures or portraits, employing gestural marks which derive from both the rigorous marks of the calligrapher as well as the emotional and spontaneous gestures of artists […]

Mt Eden’s boutique chamber music festival on in April

John Daly-Peoples Mt Eden Chamber Music Festival Mt Eden Village Centre Friday 29 April to Sunday 1 May John Daly-Peoples Next month will see the return of the boutique Mt Eden Chamber Music Festival which has been delayed twice because of Covid.The festival offers three one-hour concerts over the course of the weekend, featuring an […]


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