The other night I ventured out in a torrential downpour and returned with a tray of Chelsea buns somewhat blackened on the bottom. Yes I had been to night class. It doesn’t sound very encouraging but the buns tasted delicious once the blackened bits were removed. The burning was the fault of a somewhat dodgy oven.
I’ve been to a number of night classes over the years – woodworking and yoga revealed my personal inadequacies in those fields but breadmaking has been fun and I have been learning heaps – not to mention eating some delicious fancy breads. My multicultural classmates and teacher bring all sorts of interesting traditions and ideas to the class. The course culminated in me producing a very nice wholemeal loaf. (Pictorial evidence provided on request).
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 Choral Symphony is considered one of his greatest works and is one of the enduring favourites of the classical repertoire. The NZSO are performing it tonight at the CBS arena, along with a newly commissioned work by Gareth Farr.
The performance features a great collection of New Zealand talent – Madeleine Pierard – soprano, Sarah Castle – mezzo-soprano, Simon O’Neill – tenor, Jonathan Lemalu – bass.
Listening to the Concert Programme the other day, I heard a glowing review to the effect that (to use the technical terms) they really nailed it. An excerpt from the last movement of the Auckland performance was then played. The reviewer was right. It was stunning. Pietari Inkinen clearly has the orchestra, choir and soloists under his spell. The audience is in for a special evening.
Dr Patricia Te Arapo Wallace was involved in one of Christchurch City Libraries’ most significant cultural taonga Pūawaitanga o te Ringa – Fruits of our busy hands, a series of tukutuku panels that were specially woven as a community project for the Ngā Pounamu Māori Centre.
She is widely respected for her knowledge of Māori material culture:
When Dr Patricia Wallace wanted to piece together the mysteries of traditional Maori dress, she found inspiration in an unconventional form – modern-day plastic Ken dolls. With the help of ‘Barbie boyfriends’ she was able to reconstruct how early Maori traditionally wore large kaitaka (cloaks) wrapped around their bodies.
Last month Dr Wallace became the first Ngata Centenary Doctoral Scholar to graduate from Canterbury with a PhD in Maori. While the department has previously awarded four doctorates, Dr Wallace is the first Maori person to do her doctoral study solely in the Maori department. Her achievements are even more remarkable for the fact that she only embarked on a university education in her fifties. Research throws new light on traditional Maori dress.