My Big Week: Celeste Oram

A week in the life of composer, Celeste Oram.

Celeste Oram. Photo / Supplied
Celeste Oram. Photo / Supplied

Friday night drinks?

The Library. The Library Bar, that is - however, sneaky drinks in the library sounds like an excellent idea too.

Where I'll be wearing my new:

Pants. I was in India recently and went a little overboard on outrageous pants.

And this weekend I'm planning on:

Mustering the willpower to go to a ballet class.

But first I'll need to refuel at my favourite cafe:

One2One on Ponsonby Rd - delicious coffee by day, delicious music by night, and maitre d's in the form of fat, cuddly cats.

Saturday evening, if my dreams came true there would be a gig by:

J.S. Bach, Marcel Dupre and Olivier Messiaen head-to-head in an organ-improvisation-off on the pipe-organ-in-the-kauri-forest at Terry Stringer's Zealandia sculpture garden. That'd be pretty jazz.

But if there's nothing else doing I'll probably just:

Catch up on whatever theatre/music/dance event in Auckland I've been waiting for a free night to see.

On my stereo/headphones right now is:

Bjork and Meredith Monk. Two terrifically creative, adventurous, and zany women.

The books I can't put down are:

Anything by Alex Ross - after devouring The Rest is Noise I have started on his collection of articles, Listen to This.

The TV show I take the phone off the hook for:

I never watch TV; however Downton Abbey warrants a notable exception.

The movie I've been dying to see:

The Artist, because human beings tend to sound quite ridiculous as soon as they open their mouths. Or The Muppets, because talking puppets are a lot less ridiculous than talking people.

A non-cooking Monday night means takeaways from:


Or a splash-out Wednesday night restaurant would be:

Anywhere with a sea view.

*Celeste Oram is the composer involved in AUSA's Outdoor Summer Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing playing beneath the clocktower at Auckland University from March 3 to 23.


- NZ Herald

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