Gig Reviews

Life-enhancing music

Orpheus Chor did splendidly despite difficult acoustic conditions at Wellingotn Cathedral of St Paul.

REVIEW: This was not a long concert, and it did not feature either composer’s full orchestra, yet it triumphed.

A polished 'Polish' rescues concert

Pianist Michael Houstoun performed with Orchestra Wellington in a hit and miss concert.

REVIEW: Orchestra Wellington came to life with superb performance of Tchaikovsky's little heard Third Symphony.

Review: 'Real' jazz returns to Hamilton

Raewyn Watkins is the brains behind - and the sultry voice of - the Moments of Time.

The space was certainly bigger than most jazz dives. The air was rather less dense as well.

Trio well past their use-by date

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis appeared to be getting worse at playing their instruments if their Wellington show is anything to go by.

REVIEW: While there were fun moments, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis are running out of steam.

Ryan Adams at the top of his game

Ryan Adams has appropriated music from many sources and created his own unique sound.

REVIEW: We can smell a phony a mile away and Ryan Adams is no phony.

Ryan Adams: a new found maturity

American singer Ryan Adams is a friend of the feline.

REVIEW: We got to see an artist seemingly past his petulant and frankly boorish behaviour.

Affetto share music magic

The early music ensemble Affetto performed a concert at St Peter's Cathedral in Hamilton, appropriately titled Femme Fatale.

Affetto is made up of world class baroque specialists who make their magic on authentically built baroque instruments.

A performance of staggering quality

Pianist Simon Trpceski  played Liszt's Second Piano Concerto quite brilliantly without ever overdoing the pyrotechnics.

REVIEW: Again, we heard a stunning performance of Mahler's Fifth Symphony from the NZSO.

Tiny Runga and the super covers

Bic Runga with Auckland singer Hollie Fullbrook aka Tiny Ruins.

REVIEW: Bic Runga and Hollie Fullbrook supergroup drives perfect performance at the Wellington Opera House.

A sensational National Youth Orchestra

Jose Luis Gomez proved he is a conductor of real quality during his concert with the National Youth Orchestra in Wellington.

REVIEW: The National Youth Orchestra continue to improve by leaps and bounds.

Kanye silences critics at Glastonbury video

Kanye West proved the doubters wrong by attracting a large audience who knew the words to many of his tracks.

Kanye West delivered an uncompromising headline performance at Glastonbury Festival on Saturday that ignited when the US rapper left the Pyramid Stage to take to the sky for hits Touch The Sky and All of the Lights.

Orchestra Wellington gets its Russians right

Blessings of Rain by young New Zealand composer Leila Adu was an exotic work that reflected  her eclectic mix of interests.

REVIEW: Orchestra Wellington's Little Russian concert took a risk with talented young composer Leila Adu.

A wonderfully ear-catching concert from an enchanting ensemble

Turnovsky Jubilee Ensemble members, from left, Bryony Gibson-Cornish, Ashley Brown and Natalie Lin were all top class professionals for their Wellington concert.

REVIEW: The Turnovsky Jubilee Ensemble enthralled a Wellington audience with a diverse range of works.

Stylish violinist Karen Gomyo is easy on the ear

Violinist Karen Gomyo's performance of Beethoven's Violin Concerto with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra was very easy on the ear.

REVIEW: John Button's Karen Gomyo review

A marvellous Wagner writ large with the NZSO

Christine Goerke stole the show at the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra's Wagner Gala in Wellington.

REVIEW: The evening belonged to the two singers - Christine Goerke as Brunhilde and Simon O’Neill as Siegfried,

Bonacina Trio gig truly special

Celine Bonacina's sporano sax playing was a highlight

REVIEW: Celine Bonacina Trio at Wellington Jazz Festival lift gig into something truly special.

Hot Norwegian jazz

Tord Gustavsen Quartet were neither fusty or clinically cold during their Wellington Jazz Festival show.

REVIEW: Tord Gustavsen Quartet rapturous applause throughout its set from a besotted Wellington audience

A major hit for Major Lazer

Major Lazer - Peace is the Mission

REVIEW: Major Lazer's third album lacks originality but is a treat.

Two jazz legends take the stage

Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock wowed their audience at Auckland's Civic Theatre.

REVIEW: Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea decided to wing it - and the crowd loved them for it.

Count Basie Orchestra in full swing

Carmen Bradford romped through five numbers, the best being a note perfect imitation of Ella Fitzgerald’s scat singing.

REVIEW: Count Basie Orchestra review

Elijah draws a lethargic crowd

Orpheus Choir conductor Brent Stewart.

REVIEW: Once in a while, Mendelssohn’s 1846 oratorio Elijah - while not a work of great distinction - will do the trick.

A beautifully inflected performance

Danish conductor Thomas Sondergard displayed his considerable abilities in his New Zealand debut with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in Wellington on May 16.

REVIEW: Both Thomas Sondergard and Anthony Marwood dazzle in NZSO concert

Backstreet Boys back in Auckland

The Backstreet Boys performing at Vector Arena, to a sell-out crowd.

The Backstreet Boys took Auckland's Vector Arena back to 1997 with their flawless harmonies.

Dr Hook show a crowd pleaser

Dennis Locorriere, the voice of Dr Hook, is coming to Invercargill in May.

REVIEW: Any show that starts with an all-in singalong by nearly 1000 people is going to be a crowd-pleaser.

The Prince of Darkness rises

090415 Alice Cooper performs a Vector Arena in Auckland on 9. May 2015 Photo: Fiona Goodall/Fairfax NZ

Glam metal. A musical footnote, both ironic and iconic. A late-80s blur of bouffant hair and searing guitar solos. At a glance, Motley Crue – on a farewell tour, playing their first and last NZ show – and Alice Cooper fit that bill.

Fine trombonist, brilliant conductor

Conductor and trombonist Christian Lindberg

REVIEW: Clearly this concert didn’t look all that interesting to many NZSO regulars - the house was not very full.

Review: Dennis Locorriere

Dennis Locorriere kept the hits coming during the two-and-a-half-hour show.

REVIEW: Dennis Locorriere, the voice of Dr Hook, was in fine form but I couldn’t detect an ounce of enthusiasm from the rest of the band.

Ace Frehley plays Wellington

Ace Frehley - it's not true that his appeal is waning, simply becoming more selective.

REVIEW: Big, dumb rock'n'roll is what the audience expected, what they wanted, and what they received.

Review: Demi Lovato in Auckland

American popstar Demi Lovato took time out during her Auckland concert to praise transgender icon Bruce Jenner's bravery.

The singer used what little time she had on stage to praise Bruce Jenner and rock out with her fans.

Kiwis love Sam Smith

Sam Smith talked the crowd through his album, musical decisions and heartbreak before launching into the hits.

REVIEW: Award-winning British singer-songwriter loves NZ, and NZ loves him right back.

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