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“From Argentina to Oregon” Concert: Sunday 15th September, 2019

LAKE MACQUARIE PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, WARNERS BAY

Bruce Rowlatt conducts CNL Brass

The Spitfire March, composed by Australian Robert McAnally to honour Australian pilots who flew Spitfires in the Battle of Britain during World War II, opened the Program “with a flourish”. Don’t Cry for Me Argentina, a no.1 hit from the musical Evita, in which the spirit of the dead Evita exhorts the Argentinian people not to mourn her, drew sustained applause. Flashes for Band, a composition of five movements, each of a different musical style and played by the band for the first time, was well-received. The everlasting music of The Beatles was featured with a medley of five gold hits, including Eight Days a Week and Yesterday. Billy Joel’s rather sombre, but appealing Leningrad, followed. The first half concluded with the very lively and foot-tapping folk song from the mid 1800’s, All Around My Hat.

The Band opened the second half with one of William Rimmer’s many Marches, The Cossack. The audience was delighted with I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables. The feature number for the Concert, Jacob De Haan’s Oregon-Fantasy for Brass Band, a ten-minute composition with essentially American Themes, challenged the audience to imagine the scenes that the composer was endeavouring to convey musically about the American State of Oregon. Love Changes Everything, from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Musical Aspects of Love followed and, with both the recent Stage Musical and Movie Mamma Mia promoting the music of ABBA, the ABBA Gold Medley of four no.1 hits, including Dancing Queen and Fernando, drew applause. The ballad I’ll Be There was a hit for The Jackson 5 in 1970 when Michael Jackson was only eleven years of age. It was a hit with the audience today. Does Your Mother Know, from Mamma Mia, a lively ABBA dance number, kept the audience interested The Concert finished with a Scottish flavour with Musket, Fife and Drum. In simple terms, a good time was had by all.

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