NZSO – Tuscan Summer

This was one of my favourite concerts this year musically.  The Italian style music including Rossini’s Overture to The Barber of Seville was very energetic.  As was the conductor Junichi Hirokami – the most expressive conductor I have seen and a contrast to Benjamin Northey who conducted In the Hall of the Mountain King last […]

Anya Sinclair exhibition

At the Tauranga Art Gallery is a selection of 18 Anya Sinclair art works depicting bush/forest/gardens with inviting pathways so carefully created that you feel like walking into the painting. I attended Anya’s talk last week at the gallery (highly recommend these artist talks) and spoke of the process of her artwork – she sometimes […]

Avid Gallery

An interesting gallery in the heart of Wellington, next to Paige Blackie Gallery in Victoria Street, Wellington provided some temptations especially with a piece of glass sculpture by a favourite of mine – Christine Cathie, with a blue ribbon piece.  Many other interesting objects by Paul Maseyk – Check-mate.  Also an interesting range of jewellery […]

NZSO Concert – Grieg

Friday night at the Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, began with a tour of the ground floor art exhibition of local artworks which included many temptations. This was the first time I’ve been to one of the pre-concert talks – if you have a chance in the future – definitely go – they are free and […]

Great Gatsby Christmas Revue

A chance to dress up in 1920s style was fun for quite a few patrons of Baycourt, Tauranga last week when the Great Gatsby Christmas Revue put on a sing and dance performance.  The voices were good with a cabaret style show – however I felt the lighting could have been better and microphone malfunctions […]

NZ Academy Fine Arts

Had the chance to visit the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts at Queens Wharf Wellington and found this a source of some exquisite artworks.  The current exhibition displays 49 painting works created by 19 Chinese and famous NZ artists.  The Chinese works were beautiful. The New Zealand works included Colin McCahon, Billy Apple, Dick […]