The Gig Guide: February 2017

Planning on attending a concert, show, or gig in Christchurch? Then why not take a look at what we’ve got of that artist’s back catalogue?

Comedy

Kids

Music

What gigs are you looking forward to in the near future? Anything we’ve missed? Do let us know in the comments.

The Gig Guide: January 2017

Planning on attending a concert, show, or gig in Christchurch? Then why not take a look at what we’ve got of that artist’s back catalogue?

Comedy

Kids

Music

What gigs are you looking forward to in the near future? Anything we’ve missed? Do let us know in the comments.

The Gig Guide: December 2016

Planning on attending a concert, show, or gig in Christchurch? Then why not take a look at what we’ve got of that artist’s back catalogue?

Comedy

Dance

  • St Petersburg Ballet – Swan Lake 29-31 December

Kids

Music

What gigs are you looking forward to in the near future? Anything we’ve missed? Do let us know in the comments.

The Gig Guide: November 2016

Planning on attending a concert, show, or gig in Christchurch? Then why not take a look at what we’ve got of that artist’s back catalogue?

Comedy

Kids

Music

NZTrio

What gigs are you looking forward to in the near future? Anything we’ve missed? Do let us know in the comments.

The Gig Guide: October 2016

Planning on attending a concert, show, or gig in Christchurch? Then why not take a look at what we’ve got of that artist’s back catalogue?

Kids

Comedy

What gigs are you looking forward to in the near future? Anything we’ve missed? Do let us know in the comments.

The Gig Guide: September 2016

Planning on attending a concert, show, or gig in Christchurch? Then why not take a look at what we’ve got of that artist’s back catalogue?

Music

The Church Tour 2016
Debbie Harwood, Hammond Gamble, Sharon O’Neill and Shona Laing (Image supplied)

Kids

Comedy

What gigs are you looking forward to in the near future? Anything we’ve missed? Do let us know in the comments.

The Gig Guide: August 2016

Planning on attending a concert, show, or gig in Christchurch? Then why not take a look at what we’ve got of that artist’s back catalogue?

Music

Comedy

Cover of GiselleDance

  • Giselle, Royal New Zealand Ballet 23 & 24 August

In addition August features both the NZIFF and WORD Christchurch festivals

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Listen to a selection of nominees for the Grammy Awards.

You may think the Grammy Award is all about D’Angelo and Taylor Swift and people you may never have heard about (or indeed care about), but wait there is more! Indeed the 83 different nomination categories are as wide as Best Album notes, Best Historical Album, Best Spoken Word Album, Best improvised Jazz Solo and Best Surround Sound Album.

Naxos Music Online who specialise in mostly Classical Music have made lists of recordings that have been nominated for Grammys and are available through Naxos Music Online – over 35 hours of recordings in a wide range of styles.

BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 4, "Romantic" (1886 version, ed. L. Nowak) (Pittsburgh Symphony, Honeck)SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphony No. 10 (Boston Symphony, Nelsons)Orchestral Music - PISTON, W. / ANTHEIL, G. / COPLAND, A. (Spirit of the American Range) (Oregon Symphony, C. Kalmar)ZHOU, Long / CHEN, Yi: Symphony, "Humen 1839" / ZHOU, Long: The Rhyme of Taigu / The Enlightened (New Zealand Symphony, Darrell Ang)MONTEVERDI, C.: Ritorno d`Ulisse in patria (Il) [Opera] (Guimarães, Rivera, Boston Baroque, Pearlman)MOZART, W.A.: Entführung aus dem Serail (Die) [Opera] (Damrau, Prohaska, Villazon, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Nézet-Séguin)RAVEL, M.: Enfant et les sortilèges (L`) [Opera] (Leonard, Madore, SKF Matsumoto Chorus, Saito Kinen Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa)STEFFANI, A.: Niobe, regina di Tebe [Opera] (Gauvin, Jaroussky, Forsythe, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Stubbs)BEETHOVEN, L. van: Missa Solemnis (Kühmeier, Kulman, Padmore, Müller-Brachmann, Bavarian Radio Chorus and Symphony, Haitink)Choral Music - RATCLIFF, C. / KIRCHNER, S. / GRANTHAM, D. (Pablo Neruda: The Poet Sings) (Conspirare, C.H. Johnson)Vocal Recital: Padmore, Mark - HAYDN, F.J. / MOZART, W.A. / BEETHOVEN, L. vanVocal Recital: DiDonato, Joyce - HAYDN, J. / ROSSINI, G. / SANTOLIQUIDO, F. / DE CURTIS, E. / FOSTER, S.C. / KERN, J. / NELSON, H. (Joyce and Tony)PUCCINI, G.: Opera Arias (Nessun Dorma - The Puccini Album) (Kaufmann, Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra, Rome, Pappano)ROUSE, C.: Seeing / Kabir Padavali (Trevigne, Weiss, Albany Symphony, Miller)Opera Arias (Soprano): Bar toli, Cecilia - ARAJA, F. / RAUPACH, H.F. / DALL`OGLIO, D.KARPMAN, Laura: Ask Your Mama - Moods for JazzPAULUS, S.: Three Places of Enlightenment / Veil of Tears / Grand Concerto (Nashville Symphony, Guerrero)RZEWSKI, F.: People United will never be Defeated (The) / Four Hands (Oppens, Lowenthal)

Listen with Naxos Music Online and your library card.

Oxford History of Western Music online: where scholars get their groove on

LogoOxford History of Western Music is considered a landmark study on western music by  prominent musicologist Richard Taruskin. Now for the first time we can offer it online!

You can search and browse the complete text which includes all the notes, illustrations and musical examples of the original print edition. Additionally, Oxford History of Western Music Online features 1,700 links which take you directly to relevant entries in Oxford Music Online, one of the key musical reference resources (also available from the library, in the Source).

The Oxford History of Western Music starts with the invention of musical notation more than a thousand years ago, and sweeps across hundreds of years of musical invention and its interaction with culture, politics and art.

Christchurch City Libraries also have many other interactive online musical resources such as Naxos and Music Online  in the Source.  Have a look around and see what you can read and hear.

Classical music for beginners

CoverDo you sometimes hear hauntingly beautiful music in an advert or film which makes you think you’d like to listen to more classical music – and then don’t know where to start?

One place you could start is in our new catalogue. We have just published a list called If you want … an introduction to classical music which is a list of CDs containing selections of classical music for the beginner. All of these are held in libraries that are currently open. A general search in the catalogue lists for ‘classical music’ will also reveal lists made by other libraries and individuals.

Another place to try is our Naxos Music Library, a free music streaming service. This contains a narrated History of Classical Music which is a really good place to start. You could then try listening to the chronological pieces under Playlists and follow up with the student tutorials under Study Area. By now you’ll be an expert.

There is a lot of rewarding music in the classical repertoire and it’s worth a little bit of effort to get to know it. So go on, give it a go.