Year end flour­ish

The Tribune (NZ) - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT - RICHARD MAYS

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.

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