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2013: Viva Cantando - 25th Anniversary Concert

posted 28 Dec 2012, 12:17 by Karsten Benz   [ updated 17 Jun 2015, 03:17 by Cantando Choir ]

Cantando's 25th Anniversary Concert

Saturday 10th August, 2013, 7.30pm

A blast from the past with a medley of Cantando's most popular pieces.


 G.F. Händel
Hallelujah Chorus 
 Thomas AquinasPanis Angelicuswith Elaine Wogan
Gabriel Fauré
Cantique de Jean Racine
 -- Piano Solo --
Widmung (Dedication)

Melanie Lina
George Gershwin
 -- Piano Solo --
 Prelude Nos 1 and 3

Melanie Lina
Ennio MorriconeNella Fantasiaconducted by Max Stewart
 The Moon is distant conducted by Max Stewart
Giuseppe Verdi
Dies Irae (Messa da Requiem)
Giuseppe Verdi
Sanctus (Messa da Requiem)
 Vocal Solo
 with Elaine Wogan
 Swing Low Sweet Chariot

He Watching Over Israel    
conducted by Paula Spiers
 High Society Jazz
 Lullaby of Broadway    
Ain't Misbehavin'
 Swinging with the Saints
 Happy Birthday to us all

About our soprano soloist Elaine Wogan:

Elaine began her vocal training in 1988, and has studied with Jean Bassett, Mona Ross, and Dame Malvina Major, completing a degree in music and history at the University of Waikato in 2001, and becoming an Emerging artist with New Zealand Opera in 2003.

Elaine is well known to Waikato audiences for her work with local choirs and orchestras,  including: soloist in "The Creation", "Messiah", “Elijah”, Vivaldi's "Gloria", and concert work with Cantando; Haydn's "Theresa Mass", Bononcini's "Stabat Mater", Vivaldi's "Dixit dominus", Haydn’s “Mass in time of war”, Karl Jenkins’ “The armed man”, Saint-saens "Petit masse", and recently Mozart’s “Requiem”  with Hamilton Civic choir; and both the Pergolesi and Bononcini Stabat Maters with the Hamilton Renaissance singers.  She has also appeared in concert with Opus Chamber Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, and has performed several times with the Auckland Philharmonia.

 Elaines opera performances include the roles of Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana), and Madame Butterfly for Garden Opera, Amaryllis (Acis and Galatea), and Countess Ceprano (Rigoletto) for NBR New Zealand Opera; Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Pamina (Magic Flute), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), and Micaela (Carmen) for Opera Waikato; Madame Herz (The Impresario) for Opera Factory; and First Chiefly sister (Ahua) for Christchurch City Choir. More recently Elaine has appeared with Opera Unleashed, singing opera highlights in the Hamilton Gardens summer festival.

Elaine has also recorded several original songs, for the CD “Te Takoha/ReGenesis” by Hamilton composer Marian Mare, which have been regularly played on National Radio, and recently appeared as a special guest for the "One night of Queen" concerts, touring around New Zealand from Whangarei to Invercargill, singing the 'Barcelona" duet (recorded by Freddie Mercury and soprano Montserrat Caballe) to great acclaim. Elaine is currently performing as a core member of the newly established group "Opera Brava", who are performing regularly around the greater Waikato, and is a committee member for the Dame Malvina Major Foundation in the Waikato.
 Career highlights include performing on “This is your life Dame Malvina Major”, and singing in the concert for the launch of the Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation in 2004.     

Our amazing pianist Melanie Lina:

American pianist Melanie Lina moved to New Zealand in late 2010 to marry her husband, who is a New Zealander.  Praised for her ‘lyrical sound, refined nuances, and poetic depth of performance’, she has appeared as recitalist, orchestral soloist and chamber musician across the United States as well as in Russia, Germany, Eastern Europe, and Portugal.  She was awarded the Presidential Scholars Medal for Achievement in the Arts by President Clinton and has been a prizewinner in numerous competitions.  Ms. Lina recently gave her NZ concerto debut, performing the well-known Rachmaninoff 3rd Piano Concerto in the Wellington area, followed by a performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra.  Her multi-faceted career sees her working as a soloist and collaborative pianist, as well as teaching at St. Paul’s Collegiate School and at her private studio in Cambridge, where she resides.  Her most recent recording, ‘A New View’, is available after concerts and on her website,