Conducting Lifelong Love

New Zealand-born conductor Andrew Sewell is in contention to replace the current Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s music director and is profiled ahead of his Springfield audition in the State Journal-Register. Sewell, who lives in Wisconsin, previously led the Wichita Symphony for 10 years, and currently serves as music director of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra in Madison. As a child, Sewell would travel to Wellington to hear the orchestra. “I loved the orchestra,” Sewell said. “I wanted to play in the orchestra. It just became a very intense interest of mine. It’s a long career, hopefully.” Sewell said it’s important a conductor engages with audiences, either in written concert notes or in person — “I like it when a person talks about a piece and I see their passion for it” — and ensures younger people are introduced to symphonic music. Sewell has lived in the United States since 1988.


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Supalonely Singer Benee Speaks with Teen Vogue

Supalonely Singer Benee Speaks with Teen Vogue

Twenty-year-old Aucklander Benee recently performed her TikTok mega hit “Supalonely” on two popular US television programmes, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and the Ellen Show. In June, she spoke to…