The per­fect con­clu­sion

Manawatu Standard - - News -

Mu­sica Viva presents the Globe Mati­nee Series in Palmer­ston North, Sun­day. Re­viewed by Stephen Fisher

Con­venor Guy Don­ald­son chose to cel­e­brate the con­clu­sion of an ex­tra­or­di­nary year for this series with a va­ri­ety con­cert fea­tur­ing the di­verse tal­ents of our re­mark­able mu­si­cal com­mu­nity.

The pro­gramme opened with a per­for­mance by Mau­rice Quinn on the recorder, fol­lowed by an item from Roy Tanker­s­ley on the harp­si­chord. An item by Vir­ginia War­brick (voice) and War­ren War­brick (nga taonga pu¯ oro) fol­lowed.

Other vo­cal­ists to ap­pear in the pro­gramme were Pauline Rowe, Ruth Trethewey and Graham Doull, while Morva Crox­son, Irina Camp­bell and Chris Dann per­formed at the pi­ano.

In­grid Vlieg also pro­vided a clar­inet solo, fur­ther adding to the va­ri­ety on dis­play.

Shayna Tweed, who was so im­pres­sive in The Renaissance Singers’ con­cert the pre­vi­ous week­end, per­formed as the head­line act, re­plac­ing Te­hezib Lathiff, who had fallen ill at the last minute.

She en­ter­tained with a glo­ri­ous se­lec­tion of op­er­atic arias and lighter works.

What made this pro­gramme the per­fect con­clu­sion to an ex­tra­or­di­nary year for the series was the un­doubted cel­e­bra­tion of the di­ver­sity and ex­cel­lence across many mu­si­cal styles that Palmer­ston North is so well known for.

All per­form­ers per­formed to great credit, with a sense of mu­si­cian­ship – their ef­forts ob­vi­ously ap­pre­ci­ated by the au­di­ence.

I look for­ward to the series re­turn in 2018.

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