Top notch show

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By John Harold

This week­end’s Con­cert at Karaka prom­ises to show­case some of the finest es­tab­lished and emerg­ing mu­si­cians.

The 10th an­niver­sary con­cert is a fundraiser for the Pa­pakura Ro­tary Club to as­sist with projects like its schol­ar­ship pro­gramme for tal­ented lo­cal stu­dents.

Vo­cal­ist He­len Med­lyn and con­duc­tor Penny Dodd top the bill. Both have suc­cess­ful in­di­vid­ual ca­reers but have worked to­gether for 25 years pre­sent­ing con­certs and recitals through­out the coun­try.

They have cre­ated and per­formed seven highly re­garded cabaret shows and recorded an album of jazz stan­dards called Dar­ling, it’s Hell.

Young pi­anist Denny Liu re­turns for his sec­ond per­for­mance at Karaka af­ter earn­ing a stand­ing ova­tion last year.

The 17-year-old toured New Zealand last year with the Auck­land Youth Orches­tra in­clud­ing a gala con­cert in the Auck­land Town Hall.

He was awarded third prize in Bris­bane in the Lev Vlassenko In­ter­na­tional Pi­ano Com­pe­ti­tion, be­ing the youngest com­peti­tor and the only New Zealan­der to place.

Tal­ented 16-year-old twins Grace and Olivia Francis will also take the stage.

The Cam­bridge res­i­dents are keen mu­si­cians and be­gan learn­ing pi­ano when they were both just four years old. Olivia has since taken up the vi­o­lin and Grace the oboe.

The St Ce­cilia Singers, the elite choir from Dioce­san School for Girls, is also set to per­form.

Last year the singers won a gold award at the na­tional fi­nal of the sec­ondary schools choir com­pe­ti­tion The Big Sing.

Cham­pion band Dale­wool Auck­land Brass will also be on stage. It was cham­pion band of New Zealand in 2003 and 2004 and in 2005 won the pres­ti­gious band of the year ti­tle.

Last year it was the top placed New Zealand band at the Na­tional Brass Band Cham­pi­onships held on the North Shore.

Two shows will be held at the New Zealand Blood­stock Cen­tre in Karaka, at 7.30pm on Satur­day and at 1.30pm on Sun­day.

Spe­cial plat­inum tick­ets are avail­able for $75 each for the Satur­day show, which in­clude preshow drinks and hors d’oeu­vres.

Stan­dard tick­ets are $45, se­nior cit­i­zens $40 and school chil­dren $30.

Tick­ets are avail­able from Har­courts in Pa­pakura, Ma­nurewa and Pukekohe or write to: Con­cert at Karaka, Ro­tary Club of Pa­pakura In­cor­po­rated, PO Box 72-250, Pa­pakura.

Cham­pion band: The Dale­wool Auck­land Brass Band, who have won many ti­tles and cham­pi­onships, re­turn for this year’s con­cert at Karaka.

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