Elfin Airs For McKenzie

Former Conchord, Wellingtonian Bret McKenzie, is joining the cast of Peter Jackson’s epic The Hobbit as the elf Lindir from Rivendell. McKenzie previously played an elf nicknamed Figwit in The Fellowship of the Ring and The Return of the King, but will not be returning to this part. The Hobbit, which has started shooting in New Zealand, follows Bilbo Baggins’ (played by Martin Freeman) epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Elijah Wood, Sir Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett and Orlando Bloom will reprise their roles in the twin movies of JRR Tolkien’s fantasy novel.


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Gemma New Makes Houston Symphony Debut

Gemma New Makes Houston Symphony Debut

Gemma New has studied under conductors whose names are familiar well beyond the cloistered halls of classical music: Dudamel, Salonen, Michael Tilson Thomas. The 35-year-old New Zealand native, recently made her…