Capers with that?
A club sandwich of a free concert is promised with the Gisborne Choral Society's upcoming concert, Choral Capers.
With bread and butter Handel choruses on the outside, a meaty middle of Mozart and other morsels, and lots of salad and spices, the concert will be a “big exhale” after the long spell of forced inactivity, says musical director Gavin Maclean.
Some “world music” items are a fresh venture for the choir and will be conducted by Amanda Maclean, who sang and assisted the 300-strong Wellington World Choir when she lived in the capital.
New to Gisborne, organist Sean Scanlen will provide some organ accompaniment and a sparkling solo piece.
“There is also a new vocal quartet, an awesome foursome of Catherine Macdonald, Maddy Jones, Mary-Jane Richmond and Coralie Hunter, with a bracket of pre-classical and romantic items.”
Student soprano Rosie West will sing a passionate Mozart aria, and Jones and Macdonald will be joined by Maclean for the famous trio from Cosi fan tutte, with Coralie Hunter at the piano.
“The ever-popular double-piano duo of Land of Hope and Glory — from past Piano Extravaganzas — will again rear its head, tempting the oldies to sing along,” says Maclean.
A few other audience items will be thrown in, along with an invitation to join the Hallelujah chorus, and the afternoon tea.