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“An Afternoon of Good Music” Concert: 22nd May, 2016

LAKE MACQUARIE PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, WARNERS BAY

Cornets "on the beat"

Cornets “on the beat”

A variety of music styles was presented in this Concert, ranging from
swing, sacred, jazz, ballad to classical and popular. The Concert opened with Glenn Miller’s big band number In The Mood. Three solo cornets, including the musical director Dave Thompson, featured next in the very busy Bugler’s Holiday, followed by the very contrasting Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Pie Jesu, from Requiem. The first and third Movements of Philip Sparke’s Portrait of a City, Skyline and Downtown, were well-received. Doug Hoepper’s solo performance on flugel horn of the ballad Autumn Leaves proved popular.

Doug Hoepper features on flugel horn

Doug Hoepper features on flugel horn


The first half concluded with the well known Russian folk song Kalinka.

Barrie Gott’s Light-Walk was a bright start for the second half, which included the evergreen march Colonel Bogey and a number of World War II vintage, made popular by Dame Vera Lynn and Marlene Dietrich, Lili Marlene. The Hollies hit He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother, featured Merv Gale on tenor horn. J S Bach’s Toccata in D Minor added a classical touch. The concluding number, The Village People’s greatest hit YMCA, saw a large number in the audience joining in the arm movements, at appropriate times, to “spell out” the letters YMCA, being led by two of the ladies of the cornet section, Teena and Jou.

A very responsive audience of about one hundred were entertained with a total of sixteen numbers.

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