7 Mar 2018

Upbeat for Wednesday 7 March

From Upbeat, 11:27 am on 7 March 2018


We recognise an important date in English history and celebrate a new documentary about famous American violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman.

Henry VIII

Henry VIII Photo: wikicommons

1pm Gareth Farr fabulous at 50

Leading Kiwi composer Gareth Farr reached an important milestone recently, he turned 50. He reflects on his most memorable creations, his new work Switzerland, where he gets his inspiration from, how his music has evolved, what it takes to write a good tune and what the future of New Zealand classical composition looks like.

Gareth Farr

Gareth Farr Photo: supplied

1.40pm Confessions of a female bar pianist

War-stories from late nights playing piano in dodgy hotel bars make up a new show by visiting Australian musician Lisa Crawley. She recalls some of her stories with Standing Room Only’s Lynn Freeman.

Lisa Crawley

Lisa Crawley Photo: supplied

1.52 Creating the Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is one of the finest opera houses in the world. It was officially opened by the Queen in 1973. The impressive building, with its distinctive white-shelled roof, took 20 years to complete. BBC Witness interviews Jack Zunz, one of the lead engineers about the dramas, both human and structural.

Photo of Sydney Harbour from pixabay.com

Sydney Harbour. Photo: SUPPLIED


Have you seen the size of the plant on music producer David McCaw’s desk? It’s enormous. But why? He’s one of the only producers at RNZ who listens to music through speakers next to the plant. We explore whether music can help plants grow.

The plant next to RNZ Concert producer David McCaw's desk

The plant next to RNZ Concert producer David McCaw's desk Photo: RNZ - Zoe George