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“From The Masters To Bond” Concert: Sunday 7th April 2019

LAKE MACQUARIE PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, WARNERS BAY

Bruce Rowlatt conducts CNL Brass as the band entertains

The Concert opened with The Dambusters March from the 1955 movie of the same name. My Way followed, being a well-known hit for the legendary crooner Frank Sinatra. The rock and roll number Proud Mary, a number one hit for Ike and Tina Turner, provided a lively contrast. Three Klezmer Miniatures, a medley of three Jewish folk songs, had audience appeal, particularly the last of the three, Hava Nagila, which is always popular, with its slow start and very lively finish. The number Sway, popular in the forties with dance bands, did cause the audience to sway to the tune. Homage to Pharoah, a more serious number, provided contrasting styles in the arrangement, commencing with a fanfare, featuring different sections of the band, having some quiet moments and finishing with a crescendo. The first half closed with the foot-tapping number, The Floral Dance, composed 108 years ago and still having great audience appeal.

Marcus Holdsworth features on trombone

Aces High, the well-known march from the musical score of the 1969 film, The Battle of Britain, opened the second half of the Concert. Jupiter’s Theme, from The Planets Suite, by Gustav Holst, provided a calming contrast to Aces High. The real challenge for the band came next, with the performance of the classical From The New World Symphony, the most popular of Antonin Dvorak’s nine symphonies. It was well-received. Georg Friedrich Handel’s slow march, March In Scipio, composed in 1725 and chosen as the Slow March by the British Grenadier Guards, retained the interest of the audience, as did another of Handel’s compositions, the slow and stately Sarabande. Marcus Holdsworth, principal trombonist, then led the band with the lively Spanish dance number, Roberto’s Bolero. A medley of numbers from the ever popular James Bond 007 movies, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, You Only Live Twice and The James Bond Theme, almost concluded the Program, but sustained applause resulted in the band playing an encore number Y.M.C.A. The refrain, repeated five times in the arrangement, gave the audience the opportunity to “get involved”, forming the letters Y, M, C, A with arm movements above their heads.

CNL Brass enjoyed presenting the Concert and, by their response with applause for each item, the audience enjoyed it as well.

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