Karrin is supported by the TomWarrington Trio, incomparable artists in their own right.
One of the great Queen’s Birthday musical traditions is upon us. I’m sure Queen Elizabeth, who’s just celebrated her 90th birthday, would be proud of the Manawatu International Jazz and Blues Festival which opens with free cafe concerts in Feilding this Friday.
The centrepiece is the glittering Jazz Gala where artistic director Rodger Fox has given a splendid jazz treatment to classic New Zealand pop songs. Hollie Smith, Mark Williams, Debbie Harwood and Erna Ferry, together with the Rodger Fox Big Band, will perform the numbers at the Regent On Broadway on Saturday, June 4.
As well as the Jazz Gala there are other outstanding artists from New Zealand and overseas.
They include vocalist/pianist Karrin Allyson, described as ‘‘a singer with impeccable intonation.’’ Karrin is supported by the Tom Warrington Trio, incomparable artists in their own right.
Add Linn Lorkin and The Jews Brothers, Kevin Downing and his 101 Lab Band, the Manawatu Jazz Club Big Band and many others and this year’s festival from May 27 to June 6 promises to be the biggest and best.
Te Manawa is marking the arrival of Matariki, a tiny star cluster above the eastern horizon, signalling the start of winter. Matariki will be celebrated on June 2 with the lighting of fires at dawn and then, in the evening, the opening of the Nga Kete Toi exhibition which features carving, weaving and visual arts from students graduating from Te Wananga o Aotearoa.
Across at Centrepoint an intriguing season of Plays with a Purpose begins. Over a month three plays address political oppression, the issue of displaced refugees and our responsibility to care for them. It begins with the top secret White Rabbit, Red Rabbit on May 28 where the audience joins the performer on a journey into the unknown and ends with the world premiere of Angie Farrow’s play The Politician’s Wife.
Down at the Auditorium in Centennial Drive Abbey Musical Theatre’s Hair is into its second week. AMT has chosen a show, controversial in its day, but its themes of peace, antiwar, political activism and the sexual revolution are ageless and as relevant in the 21st century.
There’s nothing like a great variety concert and the Unity Singers are providing a treat in The Regent on Broadway on Sunday, June 12, at 1.30pm. The singers and guests are presenting a free concert based on fantasy and Disney classics.
Vocalist/pianist Karrin Allyson.