Fundrais­ing con­cert a suc­cess

Rotorua Weekender - - News -

The wealth of Ro­torua tal­ent was show­cased at a fundrais­ing con­cert which fea­tured a range of items.

Ro­torua’s Eliz­a­beth Pi­laar or­gan­ised the con­cert called A Gift of Mu­sic which was held re­cently at West­ern Heights High School’s hall.

It was a fundrais­ing con­cert for the Michael Pi­laar Memo­rial Mu­sic Fund, and with the money from ticket sales, do­na­tions and raf­fles, the con­cert man­aged to raise more than $6000, which means it has reached $50,000 needed.

The fund is or­gan­ised through the Geyser Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion and the money will now ac­crue in­ter­est for a fi­nan­cial year, so that in 2020 the fund will be able to start giv­ing out grants to young mu­si­cians in the Ro­torua/taupo¯ re­gion.

“It was very ex­cit­ing and emo­tional to be able to an­nounce that this tar­get had been passed on Sun­day af­ter­noon.”

Eliz­a­beth says the con­cert was mu­si­cally a great suc­cess, with 14 dif­fer­ent items, in­clud­ing the West­ern Heights High School Jazz Band, a solo vi­olin­ist, a gui­tarist, a bag piper, a recorder player and a pi­anist, as well as po­etry read­ing, three dancers from Anne Sam­son School of Dance, a cham­ber mu­sic trio and the Raukura choir from Ro­torua Boys’ High School which closed the con­cert.

“The stan­dard was even higher than last year and our plan is make this an an­nual event to show­case the wealth of tal­ent Ro­torua has across the per­form­ing arts,” she said.

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Anna Pi­laar (left) per­forms on vi­o­lin with gui­tarist Chris Ever­est.

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Raukura choir from Ro­torua Boys’ High School.

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