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2012: Waikato Proms

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Saturday 17 November 2012 at 7.30pm
Founders Theatre Hamilton

The Waikato Proms returns to Founders Theatre on 17 November bringing together the 120 singers of Cantando Choir and Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra under the baton of

Musical Director Rupert D’Cruze

This gala occasion will feature up-and-coming soprano Anna Hawkins, along with talented young pianist Melanie Lina. The audience can expect exciting orchestral and choral music, some with a distinctly New Zealand flavour, culminating in a rousing finale of Proms favourites with all the flamboyance of the traditional “Last Night of the Proms”.
So dress up, bring your hooters, flags and streamers, and be ready to join in the fun.

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A Reserve: Adult $40 Concession $35
B Reserve: Adult $30 Concession $25
Family Tickets (2 adults and 2 children): A Reserve: $130 B Reserve: $90
Groups of 8 or more adults: A Reserve: $35 B Reserve: $25
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Waikato Proms 2012 Poster


H. Parry I was Glad
G. Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
Anna Hawkins Broken Vow
  I Believe
G. Puccini O mio babbino caro
A. Borodin Polovtsian Dances
D. Lilburn Overture: Aotearoa
F.J. Haydn The Heavens are Telling
Trad./R. D'Cruze Pokarekare Ana
J. Jennings Matariki
Trad./R. D'Cruze Hine e Hine
H. Wood Fantasia on British Sea Songs
E. Elgar Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1

Review from the conductor:

Waikato Proms

17 November, Founders Theatre

Cantando Choir, Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra

Rupert d’Cruze - conductor

The wet Waikato weather - though suitably English in character - manifestly failed to dampen the spirits of the large and enthusiastic audience gathering in the Founders Theatre for the Waikato Proms concert on 17 November. In a colourful and eclectic programme, works by British stalwarts Parry and Elgar mixed entertainingly with Gershwin, Borodin, Puccini and others as the combined 188 performers of Cantando Choir and Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra shared the performing duties under the skilfully clear and precise direction of Rupert d'Cruze.

Delightful piano soloist, Melanie Lina, gave a witty and sparkling account of Rhapsody in Blue, with the orchestra admirably rising to the score's challenges, and soprano, Elaine Wogan, performed with a confidence and aplomb that belied the three days' notice she received as stand-in for the indisposed Anna Hawkins. The first half concluded with a brave rendition of Borodin's famous Polovtsian Dances, in which the performers' abilities were stretched by energetic tempi which demanded virtuosic dexterity from players and singers alike.

After the break, in the spirit of the real thing, a party atmosphere took over, replete with colourful costume, banners, hooters and whistles, as the audience settled in for the old favourites. The anticipation was heightened by the injection of local flavour, in the form of Lilburn's Aotearoa Overture, beautifully played by the orchestra, and Hamilton-based Janet Jennings's disarmingly simple yet effective choral work, Matariki, pleasingly sung by the choir. Two of the conductor's well crafted and convincingly performed arrangements of traditional Maori songs added to the occasion, showing the performers at their best, though the inclusion of Haydn's The Heavens are Telling seemed slightly incongruous and, with one or two unfortunate balance and ensemble problems, might better have been omitted.

The ubiquitous Sea Shanties, without which no Last Night would be complete, were played with some engagingly fresh solos from the orchestra, and the audience thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to join in. After an appearance from the eponymous Britannia for her song in full costume, the concert closed with a rousing rendition of Land of Hope and Glory which more than made up with enthusiasm for what it lacked in polish.

This concert joyously celebrated the very best of amateur music making in the Waikato, and as the evidently very satisfied audience departed with a springier step into the dry night air, even the weather had been persuaded into a better mood.

Cantando Choir,
28 Dec 2012, 12:43