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Anne Noble’s new book is a Journey of Discovery into the Life of Bees

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Conversātiō In the Company of Bees Anne Noble with Zara Stanhope and Anna Brown Massey University Press Publication Date: September 30 RRP $60.00 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples In recent years we have begun to realise that bees are essential for the health of people and the planet. We also realise that […]

Nicky Foreman’s elaborate investigations  into the nature of life

Nicky Foreman, Shadow Passes – Light RemainsArtis Gallery, AucklandUntil August 22 Reviewed by John daly-Peoples In her latest exhibition “Shadow Passes – Light Remains” Nicky Foreman continues to explore the subjects of her previous paintings, combining, mundane objects, landscapes, fabrics and foliage along with images and symbols drawn from art and culture. The combination provides a […]

Walters Prize won by Maureen Lander and The Mata Aho Collective

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Walters Prize 2021 Winner Auckland Art Gallery Until September 5 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples The Mata Aho Collective and Maureen Lander were announced last week as the winner of this year’s Walters Prize, by international judge, Kate Fowle, Director of New York’s MoMA PS1, Their winning work “Atapō” consists of multiple […]

Auckland Philharmonia reveals the drama, insights and revolution of Beethoven’s symphonies

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra The Revolutionary; Beethoven Symphonies No 6 & No 7 Auckland Town Hall July 29 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples There are probably  a few musical highlights which all concertgoers have on their bucket lists.  They would include Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Operas, and Wagner’s Ring Cycle but the major symphonic […]

Two great works and two great musicians in APO’s “The Greats” concert

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra The Greats Brahms Violin ConcertoSchubert Symphony No 9 ‘The Great’ Auckland Town Hall Reviewed by John daly-Peoples July 22 The APO’s latest concert “The Greats” featured a number of “greats” notably Schubert’s Symphony No 9 which was one of longest symphonic works of the time along with Brahms’ only Violin […]

NZ Dance Company to present two major works

John Daly-Peoples Night Life New Zealand Dance Company National Tour, Auckland, Whangarei and Christchurch September 3 – 16 Two major new dance works, The Fibonacci and Uku – Behind the Canvas will be presented  the New Zealand Dance Company’s (NZDC) touring production of  Night Light performed in Auckland, Whangarei and Christchurch, this September after the […]

John Walsh paintings combine landscapes and dreamworlds

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples John Walsh, The Dark and the Light Gow Langsford Gallery Until July 31 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples In his dealings with issues around land and cultural identity John Walsh has often populated his paintings with figures. In his latest exhibition “The Dark and the Light” at the Gow Langsford Gallery as […]

What is the next act for New Zealand Opera

John Daly-Peoples John Daly-Peoples There has been a crisis looming around New Zealand Opera for some time coming to a head earlier this year when three board members resigned from NZ Opera. Witi Ihimaera, Murray Shaw and Rachael Walkinton stepped down because they believed that the artistic direction the company was headed in the wrong […]

Bill Culbert creates mysterious and poetic works with light

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Bill Culbert | Slow Wonder Auckland Art Gallery Until November 21 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Concepts of space, vision and light have  fascinated artists for centuries and one of the crucial turning points in the artists use of light came with Edison’s invention of the incandescent light bulb and later the […]

The APO’s delightful Danube journey

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra On The Danube Auckland Town Hall July 8 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Vienna was at the heart of classical music  particularly in the nineteenth century with many of the great musicians associated with the city – Mozart, Haydn, Mahler, Strauss and Bruckner were Austrian while  others, such as […]

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