What's on in Christchurch this week
No orchestra? No problem
Organist Martin Setchell is going solo for a concert at Manchester St's St Mary's Church next Friday (26th) at 5.30pm. The No Orchestra? No Problem programme will feature works by Copland, Haydn, Dvorak and Villa-Lobos, all transcribed to best showcase the "orchestral colours" of the Rodgers Infinity Organ. For more information, see organist.co.nz
Kinne in town
Australian comedian Troy Kinne, best known for his sketch comedy series Kinne and online videos, will perform an R16 show from 7.30pm at The Piano this evening. See eventfinda.co.nz for tickets.
Share the night with Dr Hook
American 1970s band Dr Hook return to Christchurch's Isaac Theatre Royal tonight as part of their Walk Right In Tour. Formerly known as Dr Hook & the Medicine Show, the band rose to fame with hit singles such as Sylvia's Mother, Cover of the Rolling Stone and Sharing the Night Together. The band is still led by their original lead vocalist, Dennis Locorierre, whose unique voice on hits such as Sexy Eyes, led the band to international acclaim. Tickets for the 7.30pm concert are available through Ticketek
The tradition of tattooing
A new exhibition exploring the artistry of traditional Japanese tattooing will open at the Christchurch Museum tomorrow. Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World has been curated by master tattoo artist and author Takahiro Kitamura. It showcases images by award-winning photographer and film-maker Kip Fulbeck and work by seven internationally-acclaimed Japanese American tattoo artists: Horishiki (Chris Brand), Horitaka, Horitomo, Junii, Miyazo, Shige and Yokohama Horiken. The exhibition is scheduled to run until August 13.
CSO's New World order
The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra will perform works by Dvorak, Shostakovich and New Zealand composer John Psathas' during Saturday night's From the New World concert at the Charles Luney Auditorium. Joining the CSO for the 7.30pm concert will be internationally acclaimed Swedish cellist Torleif Thedeen. Tickets from Eventfinda.co.nz
Saturday night's all right for singing
Irish multi-instrumentalist and singer Áine O'Dwyer will perform at Oxford Terrace's St Michael's and All Angels Church on Saturday night from 7pm. Tickets are available from undertheradar.co.nz
300 years of Bach
Cellist Christopher Hutton will plays works by Bach, Britten, Reger, Bolcom, Harbison and Corgliano at the Rangiora Library on Tuesday night. The 7.30pm concert is part of a series of recitals by the USA-based Kiwi, celebrating the 300th anniversary of Bach's beloved Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello. Tickets are available from the library, phone (03) 311-8901.
Quartet in concert
Acclaimed pianist Diedre Irons will be joined by violinist Vesa-Matti Leppanen, viola player Julia Joyce and cellist Andrew Joyce for the latest Christopher's Classics concert at The Piano on Tuesday night. The quartet will perform works by Schubert, Mahler, Schnittke and Brahms. For more information, see eventfinda.co.nz
Festival ready to give Christchurch the Blues
The 22nd edition of The Cavell Leitch New Zealand International Jazz & Blues Festival kicks off on Wednesday night. Showcasing a variety of international, national and local musicians, the five-day festival will feature a variety of concerts across the city. The opening night line-up includes a performance at Blue Smoke by one of Ireland's greatest guitarists Jimmy Smyth and a celebration of the music of Burt Bacharach at Charles Luney Auditorium. Headlining this year's festival is American jazz great Kenny Barron and his trio, who will perform at the The Piano on May 26 and 27. One person already proving to be extremely popular is the woman dubbed "Ireland's Billie Holiday", Mary Coughlan, whose two concerts with Smyth have already sold out. However, festival organisers have announced that she will now perform a third show, based on her best-selling autobiography Bloody Mary, at the Lyttelton Arts Factory on May 28 at 2pm. For the full programme, see jazzbluesfestival.co.nz.