Lau­ren Buck­eridge

The Best of the Week

New Zealand Listener - - CONTENTS - By LAU­REN BUCK­ERIDGE

SUN­DAY NOVEM­BER 19

The 500th An­niver­sary of the Ref­or­ma­tion (RNZ Con­cert, 10.00am). It’s a great day to be in­doors, as to­day’s packed lineup be­gins with mu­sic to mark the 500th an­niver­sary of the Ref­or­ma­tion in Europe. The Choir of ­Welling­ton Cathe­dral of St Paul sings Bach’s Can­tata Ves­pers, in­clud­ing the can­tata A Mighty Fortress Is Our God and the motet The Spirit Comes to Help

Our Weak­ness.

The Sun­day Fea­ture (RNZ ­Con­cert, 2.00pm). In the fivepart se­ries His­tory Through the Piano, Univer­sity of Otago emer­i­tus pro­fes­sor of mu­sic John Drum­mond ex­plores some of the most fa­mous piano com­po­si­tions and ­stud­ies the his­tor­i­cal ­en­vi­ron­ments that in­spired their com­posers. In the first episode, Drum­mond cel­e­brates the world of Mozart.

Af­ter­noon Con­cert (RNZ ­Con­cert, 3.00pm). To­day marks the sev­enth an­niver­sary of the Pike River mine dis­as­ter. In 2014, the Or­pheus Choir of Welling­ton com­mis­sioned Dave Dob­byn to write a song in mem­ory of the 29 men who were killed in the blast. He cre­ated the mov­ing trib­ute called This Love, which was first per­formed for the fam­i­lies of the dead men that same year. In this con­cert, Dob­byn is ac­com­pa­nied by ­Welling­ton Young Voices, the Welling­ton Brass Band and the Or­pheus Choir. The ­pro­gramme in­cludes 17 Days, by English com­poser James McCarthy, which com­mem­o­rates the dra­matic res­cue of Chilean min­ers in 2010, and

If Blood Be the Price, writ­ten by Ross Har­ris to re­mem­ber the Waihi min­ers’

strike of 1912.

Opera on Sun­day (RNZ Con­cert, 6.00pm). Bizet’s Car­men is ar­guably one of opera’s most iconic femmes fa­tales, and in this pro­duc­tion in the Chicago Lyric Opera Se­ries, the role of the se­duc­tive gypsy is played by vet­eran Geor­gian mezzo Anita Rach­vel­ishvili.

THURS­DAY NOVEM­BER 23

Saikuru Ra­dio (RDU 98.5fm, 11.00am). Rolling since 1976, RDU is the only al­ter­na­tive ra­dio based in Christchurch and the South Is­land’s longestrun­ning in­de­pen­dent sta­tion. Saikuru Ra­dio is a how-to guide for sus­tain­able liv­ing and ways you can help the en­vi­ron­ment, one step at a time. Lis­ten in Christchurch or stream on rdu.org.nz or ra­dio. org.nz.

Dave Dob­byn, Af­ter­noon Con­cert, Sun­day.

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