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See Xenia Pestova perform live in July

During July, the School of Music is delighted to host internationally renowned performer Xenia Pestova. Xenia will be taking part in a number of events while she is here including New Music Central, the School of Music’s weekly concert series. During this concert Xenia will be performing works by UC Head of School of Music, Glenda Keam, as well as other internationally celebrated composers Ed Bennett & Miriama Young.

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Photo: Chris Webb

Xenia appears at UC courtesy of Chamber Music NZ, she is currently touring with Chamber Music New Zealand as part of their 2017 Encompass Series.

This will be the premiere performance of Glenda’s work, ‘Mind Springs’. The initial images that preceded the composition of ‘Mind Springs’ work were of water springing and bubbling from the ground, and New Zealand’s geysers with their accompanying babbling flow of mineral-laden water that over time build sinter structures and pathways. But as the piece took form it became clear this was not made of bold, grand explosions but rather a more contemplative series of leaps that were inward-looking.

Another work in the programme, by Miriama Young, invites the audience to engage with the electronic part for the piece, which can be streamed during the concert performance via an interactive smartphone app. The App with its embedded audio is available for free download from the iOS App Store or Google Pay, by searching for ‘SyncSound’. Once downloaded, follow the downbeat of the pianist to press ‘play’. The downloading and use of this app during the concert is entirely voluntary.

You can see Xenia Pestova at the following events:

Composition Workshop with Ed Bennett

  • Monday July 17 at 3.30-5pm
  • Recital Room UC Arts, The Arts Centre of Christchurch, 3 Hereford Street.

New Music Central featuring the premier of Glenda Keam’s ‘Mind Springs’

  • Monday July 17 at 7-9pm
  • Recital Room UC Arts, The Arts Centre of Christchurch, 3 Hereford Street.

Watch Xenia performing Chaandanee (Egidija Medeksaite).

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Recipe: Delicious Winter warmer

Now that we’re in the grips of winter, I’m sure you can all identify with the familiar 3pm chocolate cravings and the desire to curl up in bed with a bag of chips and Netflix. Of course, it can be harder to motivate yourself to cook your own meals and eat your veggies when it feels like Antarctica outside! But for real, it’s important to keep yourself well fed during these freezing days.

So, here is an awesome cheap and healthy plant-based recipe that will help to warm you up on cold winter days.

Hearty ginger and lentil soup (serves 4 – 5)

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Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 3 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh peeled ginger
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • Optional extra: 1/4 teaspoon of chilli flakes
  • 1.5 teaspoons curry powder
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup dried red or brown lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 1x 400g can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional extra: coconut yogurt as garnish

Directions:

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat; add carrot and onion then cover and cook for 3 minutes or until softened. Stir in ginger, garlic, and chilli flakes (if using); cook for 1 minute. Add curry powder and cook for a further minute. Stir in stock and lentils; bring to the boil then reduce heat and simmer covered for 20 – 25 minutes or until lentils are tender. Stir in frozen peas and tomatoes; cover and simmer for a further 5 minutes. Divide soup evenly among bowls, garnish with coconut yogurt (if using), eat and enjoy!

This recipe was brought to you by VCUC (Veg Club of UC).

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Sell yourself for free stuff – volunteer on Open Day

The Events and Partnerships team are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to sell themselves for free stuff and help potential students have the best Open Day experience possible. There are only 16 spots left so get in quick!

2017 Orientation Day, 15.2.17 Engineering Core, Law and Commerce in A1,2,3. Mini donut giveaway, Arts College in C1, Musicians, Welcome arch, Library Silent Disco. Market, UC tote bag, #UC Now instagram frame, Orimarket, Cantabs girls,

We need you to volunteer in the following areas:

Information Guru (Campus Ambassadors)
Providing help and support is your gig.

There will be a special station for you on Open Day. You’ll assist visitors with questions like ‘where will I get a good coffee?’ and ‘what time is the next info session?’ You’ll also monitor sessions taking place in your area.

Campus Explorer (Tour Guide)
You know the campus well and can’t wait to show it off.

We need you to lead small groups of visitors on a loop of the campus, pointing out all the key buildings and facilities and answering questions. We’ll make sure you know where activities are taking place during the day so you can point them out and help our visitors feel comfortable on campus.

FREE stuff: For your trouble you get a cool tee shirt to wear (and keep), a drink bottle, your choice of finger-less gloves or a beanie and all the tea, coffee and hot chocolate you can drink from the volunteer’s kitchen.

Volunteer by filling out the form here>

If you have any questions email the Events team at events@canterbury.ac.nz