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28 July 2005 newsletter

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The New Oceania - ALBERT WENDT DOCUMENTARY FILM The New Oceania, a feature-length documentary about Albert Wendt (a leading South Pacific novelist, poet and dramatist) will be screened as part of the 2005 Wellington and Christchurch International Film Festival.

Filmed in Samoa (where Wendt was born), New Zealand, Fiji and Hawaii, this documentary is recommended to anyone with an interest in literature, or in the Pacific, or in New Zealand's relationship with the Pacific. Made by one of New Zealand's leading documentary teams, the film traces Wendt's life and career (including his years in Wellington), with vivid dramatisations of his work. It also celebrates the explosion of creative activity by Pacific artists in New Zealand (including writers, actors, painters, singers, dancers, and fashion designers).

The screening of The New Oceania will be in Wellington at the Soundings Theatre, Te Papa on Sunday 31 July at 2.15pm and in Christchurch at the Rialto Two Cinema on Sunday 7 August at 12.30pm. Tickets can be booked through Ticketek for the Wellington screening and at Rialto Two for the Christchurch screening.

Final Night of the Proms 8.00pm Saturday 13 August Waiopehu College Auditorium, Levin

Featuring: * Top New Zealand Soprano Kathi Craig * Renowned Tenor Karl Perigo * Celebrated Pianist Guy Donaldson * Kapiti Chamber Choir under the Musical Directorship of Professor Peter Godfrey * New Zealand Champion Band Levin and Districts Brass Inc under the Musical Directorship of Mr Robert Lynch * Compere Alan Smith

We can guarantee you a fantastic night out. Both soloists have fine classical voices and will perform top operatic arias such as "Nessun Dorma" and "O Sole Mio" during the first half of the programme. They will also perform duets and will feature with the band. The Kapiti Chamber Choir has selected some fine numbers and will conclude the first half with Brahms' "Academic Festival Overture", accompanied by the band.

The second half of the programme includes all the traditional Proms' favourites - "Rule Britannia", "Jerusalem", and "Pomp and Circumstance No 1". In fact this year there will be seven opportunities for the audience to join in and participate vocally.

Tickets $15 from Bernina, Oxford Street, Levin Postal Bookings: "Proms Tickets", PO Box 386, Levin Ticket Enquiries: Phone (06) 368 4914

Concert FM is your ticket to the NZSO on tour... Concert FM will be following with interest as the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra tours the world in August. They're playing in England, at the Proms in London with Jonathan Lemalu and the Maltings in Snape with Kiri Te Kanawa, at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and at World Expo 2005 in Aichi, Japan.

"We'll be keeping in touch with them by telephone whilst they travel, and will then broadcast as many of their overseas concerts as we are able when they return," says Concert FM's Production Manager Kate Mead. "We've contracted the BBC for broadcasts of the Proms concert and we've negotiated with a British production house for a recording of the Snape event. Principal Flute, Bridget Douglas, and Principal Horn, Edward Allen will phone into Upbeat! to give regular updates."

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