Top en­sem­ble backs up singing stars for con­cert

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Supporting ev­ery great singer is a great en­sem­ble.

The line-up for Night Of Stars is no dif­fer­ent. Satur­day night’s per­for­mance fea­tur­ing Amer­ica’s beloved tenor Daniel Ro­driguez and di­vas Kathi Craig, Marla Ka­vanaugh and Marissa Dikker­berg will be sup­ported by an en­sem­ble of top Manawatu¯ singers.

The Phoenix Singers will ac­com­pany the four soloists when they per­form Leonard Bernstein’s Tonight and From Now On, the hit movie song from The Great­est Show­man. They’ll also pro­vide the cho­ral back­ing to Kathi Craig’s solo No-One Like You and be the off-stage cho­rus when Daniel sings the fa­mous Puc­cini aria Nes­sun Dorma.

Many of them are Kathi’s stu­dents and soloists in their own right and have two stand­out songs of their own, Deb­bie Boone’s memorable You Light Up My Life and I’ll Be­gin Again, from the suc­cess­ful West End mu­si­cal Scrooge.

The 20 voice en­sem­ble have been work­ing for the last four months to en­sure Satur­day’s Night Of Stars at the Re­gent On Broad­way is a “not to be missed” con­cert.

The in­stru­men­tal­ists who sup­port the soloists and Phoenix Singers are also of key im­por­tance. Stein­way pian­ists and ac­com­pa­nists Guy Don­ald­son, Roger Buchanan and Vicky Lee will pro­vide a rich back­ing to all the mu­sic. A fea­ture will be a move­ment from Beethoven’s Moon­light Sonata played by Guy, Clare de Lune per­formed by Roger and Vicki will also sing with the stars and play solo key­board.

Hus­band and wife Daniel Ro­driguez and Marla Ka­vanaugh per­form through­out the US and come di­rectly from a con­cert last night at Port­land next to San Fran­cisco. Re­cently they sang at the Lin­coln Cen­tre and Carnegie Hall and re­turn there later this year. Marla was again in­vited in April to per­form the New Zealand and Aus­tralian na­tional an­thems at An­zac Day com­mem­o­ra­tions at the Rock­e­feller Cen­tre in New York.

There they caught up with the leg­endary Hugh Jack­man, and talked about the stel­lar song From Now On from his mu­si­cal.

Marla will join her mother, op­er­atic so­prano and former Mo­bil Song Quest win­ner Kathi Craig, and her twin sis­ter, Marissa Dikken­berg, who flew in from Syd­ney this week. Satur­day’s con­cert will be the first time the fam­ily has been reunited for many years.

Night Of Stars will il­lu­mi­nate Broad­way with mu­sic from opera, mu­si­cal theatre and pop­u­lar song.

Among the many high­lights are duets from La Bo­heme and Tosca, Stars from Les Mis­er­ables, Mu­sic Of The Night from Phantom Of The Opera, trios Moon River and The Moon Is A Harsh Mis­tress, Shirley Bassey’s iconic song I Who Have Noth­ing and orig­i­nal Roger Buchanan ar­range­ments. Marla and Daniel con­tinue on to sing for the US Embassy and are the an­them singers at the vis­it­ing Ice Hockey in­ter­na­tion­als in Auck­land and Welling­ton this month.

THE Pheonix Singers sup­port Night of Stars.

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