SATURDAY DECEMBER 15
Jazz Profiles (RNZ Concert, 1.00pm). A new 10-part season of Jazz Profiles begins with one of the greats: Miles Davis.
Messiah (RNZ Concert, 6.30pm). Handel’s great work, live from Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre, is more than 270 years old, but has been popular since its first performance in Dublin in 1742. The Orpheus Choir of Wellington and the NZSO conducted by Graham Abbott are accompanied by soloists Madeleine and Anna Pierard, Simon O’Neill and Andrew Collis. The Orpheus Choir perform another great work for many voices on Monday (RNZ Concert, 8.20pm): Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis.
SUNDAY DECEMBER 16
Insight (RNZ National, 8.12am). Insight tackles the thorny subject of online video games, and whether they are a major risk to teenagers.
The Sunday Feature (RNZ National, 4.07pm). This session from the 2012 Auckland Writers & Readers Festival honours our eminent man of letters Maurice Gee.
THURSDAY DECEMBER 20
Appointment (RNZ Concert, 7.00pm). Elric Hooper and Des Wilson look at Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific, a musical still so popular that the current production in Australia, starring Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Lisa McCune, is having an encore season next year.