Con­cert band bets on bar­ing all


Win­ter can be a blast. The award­win­ning Manawatu Con­cert Band is ready to lift any win­ter gloom and dis­pel win­ter chills with a light, warm-hearted va­ri­ety con­cert in the Palmer­ston North Boys’ High School Speirs Cen­tre on Satur­day.

Un­der musical di­rec­tor Peter Ellery, who is sup­ported by co­con­duc­tor Stephen Wild­bore, the band strikes up The Bare Ne­ces­si­ties - a pro­gramme of mul­ti­ple musical styles.

It will in­clude iconic cuts of Ge­orge Gersh­win, high­lights from Star Wars, a touch of Adele, a splat­ter­ing of Game of Thrones and a medley from Je­sus Christ Su­per­star.

In keep­ing with the sea­son, there are sym­phonic high­lights from Frozen to con­trast with the sum­mer sounds of The Beach Boys, and, nat­u­rally enough, a ren­di­tion of the jazzy Bare Ne­ces­si­ties from Dis­ney’s an­i­mated The Jun­gle Book.

An­other piece that should get the toes tap­ping will be Leroy An­der­son’s Clar­inet Candy –a high speed musical sugar rush that show­cases the dex­ter­ity of the band’s clar­inet sec­tion.

Other band mem­bers will get to show­case their tal­ents as well. There’s Ellery on trom­bone, and Na­dia Dux­field on pi­ano, among oth­ers, with a ‘‘Meet the Band’’ sec­tion high­light­ing the dif­fer­ent in­stru­ments.

Tick­ets are avail­able from band mem­bers, Eventfinda, the Feild­ing In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre (10 Manch­ester Square, Feild­ing), or at the door on the night (cash sales only). Adults are $10, stu­dents and chil­dren $5, and a two adult, three chil­dren fam­ily, $25. The con­cert com­mences at 7.30pm.

Manawatu Con­cert Band con­duc­tor Peter Ellery has a pro­gramme of win­ter faves lined up for Satur­day.

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