Fiona Rae

The Best of the Week

New Zealand Listener - - CONTENTS - By FIONA RAE

TUES­DAY OC­TO­BER 30

Mu­sic Alive (RNZ Con­cert, 7.30pm). The evoca­tive sounds of taonga pūoro echo around St Mary of the An­gels in this record­ing from the NZ Fes­ti­val, in which Western strings meet Māori singing trea­sures. Lead­ing taonga pūoro player Rob Thorne joins the New Zealand String Quar­tet for a pro­gramme that in­cludes

Gil­lian White­head’s Poro­poroaki; Gareth Farr’s He Poro­poroaki; Selina Fisher’s award-win­ning Tōrino; and the pre­miere of a work by Thorne,

Tomokanga.

WED­NES­DAY OC­TO­BER 31

The Wed­nes­day Drama (RNZ Na­tional, 9.06pm). HG Wells’ The War of the Worlds wasn’t the only lit­er­ary work that Or­son Welles pro­duced for ra­dio, but it has be­come the most fa­mous, re­port­edly caus­ing a panic when it was broad­cast on Oc­to­ber 30, 1938. Af­ter­wards, some news­pa­pers did “feign fury”, as Welles put it, and there were calls for fed­eral reg­u­la­tion, but it was a boon for Welles, ce­ment­ing his fame as a drama­tist. Here’s the orig­i­nal broad­cast, mark­ing 70 years since it went to air. If you’d like to hear more episodes of Mer­cury The­atre on the Air, there are eight episodes on the In­di­ana Univer­sity Bloomington web­site, in­clud­ing Sher­lock Holmes, Heart of Dark­ness and Julius Cae­sar. Many are adapted by Howard Koch, who co-wrote Casablanca: tinyurl.com/ NZLWelles.

THURS­DAY NOVEM­BER 1

Mu­sic Alive (RNZ Con­cert, 7.30pm). The APO un­leashes its Free Spirit in tonight’s live broad­cast from the Auck­land Town Hall that fea­tures the APO’s Robert Ash­worth per­form­ing An­thony Ritchie’s Vi­ola Concerto. The com­poser says it is “a per­sonal work, in which the vi­ola takes on var­i­ous char­ac­ters”, some­thing that is also true of the or­ches­tra in Strauss’ saucy Don Juan, while Dvořák’s Sym­phony No 8 rev­els in the out­doors.

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