New Zealand Arts Review

Reviews, News and Commentary by John Daly-Peoples

NZSO’s Timeless performance of the great composers

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 […]

APO’s “Reflections” concert filled with nostalgia and joy

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 […]

Boutique Chamber Music Festival in Mt Eden

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 […]

InterFusions: passionate and intelligent playing by the NZ Trio

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 […]

Jane Ussher photographs examine the natural world

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 […]

The NZSO’s Monumental concert of Strauss and Tchaikovsky

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 […]

A night of passion and betrayal showcases NZ opera talent

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 […]

David McCracken & Darryn George show new exalted work

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 Boys is back in town

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’s Dramatic Landscapes

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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