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