Strauss and co for ro­man­tic tryst

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

Love is in the air and is com­ing to Palmer­ston North next Wed­nes­day.

When Oper­atu­nity presents the first of its eight 2017 con­certs at Life Church, au­di­ences will be in for dou­ble the ro­mance.

Waltz of My Heart, de­scribed by Oper­atu­nity’s Su­san Boland as a con­cert in the style of An­dre Rieu, will present live per­for­mances of favourite melodies by com­posers such as Strauss, Le­har, Romberg and Novello.

It also brings newly en­gaged cou­ple, star vi­o­lin­ist Jes­sica Hindin and reg­u­lar Day­time tenor Bon­aven­ture Al­lan-Moetaua, to the stage, where Boland said they will make beau­ti­ful mu­sic to­gether.

The cou­ple’s ro­mance sparked dur­ing Oper­atu­nity’s Euro­pean Ro­mance tour two years ago. Al­lan-Moetaua popped the ques­tion while the cou­ple were es­cort­ing a re­cent Oper­atu­nity Travel trip to Hawaii.

Hin­den, who is mu­si­cal di­rec­tor of Sis­tema Aotearoa, a South Auck­land mu­sic pro­gramme ad­vo­cat­ing so­cial change by of­fer­ing free or­ches­tral mu­si­cal ed­u­ca­tion to over 400 pri­mary aged chil­dren, has trav­elled and played ex­ten­sively.

Among those she has shared a stage with are Harry Con­nick Jr, Hay­ley Westenra and Elaine Page, while her string quar­tet has backed shows such as X Fac­tor and New Zealand’s Got Tal­ent.

Waltz of My Heart fea­tures Vi­en­nese clas­sics such as the Blue Danube Waltz, The Skaters Waltz, Vilia, I’m In Love With Vi­enna, Stranger In Par­adise, and My Hero as well as mod­ern clas­sics, such as The Last Waltz, Ten­nessee Waltz, Rock ‘n Roll Waltz and Are You Lone­some Tonight.

It also con­tains some madness in­volv­ing men in tu­tus, Elvis im­per­son­ations and Karl Perigo pre­sent­ing Tom Lehrer’s The Masochism Tango.

Ac­com­pa­nied by pi­anist Paul Carnegie-Jones, with the voices of Boland and John Cameron, Waltz of My Heart at Life Church next Wed­nes­day, is set to sweep the new year off its feet and away in a ball­gown.

For book­ings call 0508 266 237 or visit oper­atu­nity.co.nz.

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En­gaged cou­ple, vi­o­lin­ist Jes­sica Hindin and tenor Bon­aven­ture Al­lan-Moetaua will per­form in ‘Waltz of My Heart’.

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