Year end flourish
Expect a musical variety from the award-winning Manawatu Concert Band’s final concert for the year.
Directed by Peter Ellery, who is supported by co-conductor Stephen Wildbore, the ensemble presents Bach to Broadway. It’s a programme that has Bach mixing it with big band numbers, movie theme medleys, arrangements of Broadway show favourites, and other popular items.
From James Bond to Andrew Lloyd Webber, Saturday evening’s final flourish for the year includes Opus One - a hit for the big bands of Tommy Dorsey and Ted Heath in 1945.
There are film faves Mary Poppins and The Lion King, a duet with flute and clarinet for Lloyd Webber’s evocative Pie Jesu, and the anthemic You Raise Me Up, which will feature a trio from the band performing on French horn, saxophone and clarinet.
Secretary Andrew Griffiths said the Manawatu Concert Band has been going from strength to strength.
Special guest for Saturday’s concert is Sam Millen, a Canadian singer-songwriter based in Palmerston North.
The Manawatu Concert Band performs on Saturday at 7.30pm at the Speirs Centre, with tickets from Eventfinda, the Feilding Information Centre or at the door.