Ra­dio Fiona Rae

The Best of the Week

New Zealand Listener - - CONTENTS - By FIONA RAE

SATUR­DAY OC­TO­BER 13

Mu­sic Alive (RNZ Con­cert, 7.30pm). Au­di­ences in Auck­land, Christchurch and Dunedin will have al­ready thrilled to the sound of su­per­star cel­list Jo­hannes Moser, who ends his tour with the NZSO at tonight’s Michael Fowler Cen­tre con­cert. Live from Welling­ton, Moser plays Shostakovich’s Cello Con­certo No 1 in an all-Rus­sian pro­gramme that in­cludes se­lec­tions from Prokofiev’s score to Romeo and Juliet. Cana­dian Peter Ound­jian, on de­but with the NZSO, con­ducts.

SUN­DAY OC­TO­BER 14

Be­yond Kate (RNZ Na­tional, 3.04pm). A topic that has be­come more ex­i­gent in re­cent years rather than less: Gen­der and the Body is un­der dis­cus­sion by, among oth­ers, US au­thor Vir­gie To­var; writer­co­me­dian An­gella Dravid; Paula Lloyd of the Welling­ton Women’s Home­less Trust; Otago Mu­seum dress his­to­rian Jane Malthus; and the great pub­lic health and re­pro­duc­tive rights cham­pion Dame Mar­garet Spar­row.

TUES­DAY OC­TO­BER 16

Mu­sic Alive (RNZ Con­cert, 7.30pm). The Los An­ge­les Phil­har­monic and its mu­sic di­rec­tor, Gus­tavo Du­damel, brought Mexico City to LA with last year’s CDMX Fes­ti­val, in­clud­ing this con­cert that fea­tures two world pre­mieres:

Jo­hannes Moser, Mu­sic Alive, Satur­day. Gabriela Or­tiz’s Téenek – In­ven­ciones de Ter­ri­to­rio and Ar­turo Márquez’s Danzón No 9, an LA Phil com­mis­sion to com­ple­ment Danzóns Nos 1, 2 and 8, which pre­cede the new work. Also on the pro­gramme are Javier Ál­varez’s Metro Chaba­cano, one of a series of com­po­si­tions named af­ter metro stops, and En­rico Chapela’s Ínguesu, a roil­ing work de­pict­ing a wild soc­cer match that in­cludes a blast on a ref­eree’s whis­tle by Du­damel. The LA Phil and Du­damel also fea­ture in Wed­nes­day’s Mu­sic Alive (7.30pm), with a per­for­mance of The Magic Flute recorded at the Walt Dis­ney Con­cert Hall.

THURS­DAY OC­TO­BER 18

Mu­sic Alive (RNZ Con­cert, 7.30pm). Oh-la-la, an al­lFrench pro­gramme from the Auck­land Phil­har­mo­nia that in­cludes Ravel’s swoony Le Tombeau de Couperin and Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Ap­pren­tice. The star is harp­si­chord player Ma­han Es­fa­hani, who per­forms Poulenc’s Con­cert cham­pêtre.

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