Top ensemble backs up singing stars for concert
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.