Chairman's Letter - June 2017
Dear RSA Choir Subscriber
Greetings from the choir. Wagga Visit Thanks to those who supported this concert in March. The Wagga City Rugby Male Voice Choir greatly enjoyed the evening and 'after glow' at a nearby hotel. A great occasion all round and much appreciated by all.
ANZAC Revue and again thanks to those who supported our ANZAC Revue. We greatly enjoyed the evening following on from a busy day at Dawn Service and then Monticello Veterans' Home. One of our outstanding Choir Vocal Scholars, Harry Grigg, is on a vocal study trip in Italy and the choir were pleased to be able to offer some financial support for this great opportunity.
August Matinee We look forward to welcoming you to this afternoon concert, the timing of which we feel works well in our cooler winter months.
Over the page is a general outline of the programme which, as usual, includes some slightly different artists as we look to keep good variety of guests in our concerts.
We look forward to welcoming you at 2pm on Sunday the 6th of August. Bookings for our August Matinee Group and preferential bookings open on Friday 23rd June and general bookings on Monday 26th June.
Attached are 'subscriber's vouchers' which you will need to present at a booking office to get your free tickets (Service fees apply).
Extra seats for friends and the general public can be purchased at Ticketmaster offices, Regent Theatre and Forsyth Barr Stadium or door sales at the concert.
Extra tickets can also be booked online. Just a reminder, only use the official www.ticketmaster.co.nz website. Do not use the viagogo.com website where tickets are at highly inflated prices.
The prices for extra tickets are: Adults $25, Groups 10 or more $22.50, Gold Card $22.50, Students $20, Children $15.
Service fees apply to all purchases. $ 2.00 per ticket at Ticket office outlets and $ 8.00 per transaction over the internet.
New Choir Members We are pleased to welcome some new members this concert and continue to extend an open invitation for others to join us. For further information, contact any choir member.
Stay warm and we look forward to seeing you all soon.
RSA Choir Chairman
About Our Concert, 6 August, 2017,
Dunedin Town Hall, 2.00pm 'The Mid Winter Concert'
Producer: Otto Schmid
Conductor: Karen Knudson
Accompanist: Johnny Mottershead
Compere: Alasdair Morrison
Organist: David Burchell
The choir is in good voice. Some say we are getting better all the time. That says something for a bunch of (predominately) Oldies. Maybe it says more about our wonderful conductor Karen, who always manages to get the best out of us. And we love it! We are quite certain that you too will love the singing and the variety that we will bring to you. Then there are our special guest performers, special people doing special things and doing them especially well with some unexpected and spectacular sounds. You will be talking about them well after the concert is over. Enjoy!! We want you to!! There is plenty of variety in our programme, with 'something old and something new'. We have traditional songs with lovely harmony and others that are brightly entertaining. There are also two moving songs as part of our remembrance ceremony. It is 100 years now since some bloody battles in Europe where thousands of our young people from our young country served and acquitted themselves with honour, with many giving their lives. Following that war, the world entered the 'roaring twenties' and we have a song from there that was sung by many famous pop artists right through to the Beatles. The Beatles had many famous songs of their own and we will be singing and enjoying one of these. (Many of us can wish that 64 was still in the future!) Would you like to hear something featured by the 'Beach Boys'? Well, we will be singing something to satisfy your desire: very entertaining. Chess was a famous musical in the 1980's and we will be singing a lovely, emotional song from there
Our concert is going to be considerably enhanced by our guest artists. There will be the thrill of listening to a Swiss Alphorn played by Edward Walthert. Our drummer, Robert Craigie will add spice to some of our songs. We are thrilled to have the Dunedin Youth Choir led by Ben Madden. We look forward to them with much anticipation. We are very proud of the Choir Vocal Scholars and we will have two of them with us for this concert, Beth Goulstone and Harry Grigg. Individually, they will perform with the choir in some items and we will also be privileged to hear them singing together. Another feature will be the Cellists of Otago. This is an ensemble led by Heleen Du Plessis and will inspire us with that mellow, cello sound. Kilted Alasdair Morrison will once again lead us through the programme with information and wit. We always try to end our concerts with a thrilling musical climax. One of the two songs in our final bracket will be Handel's Messiah and we will be joined by the Dunedin Youth Choir, the Cellists of Otago, our vocal scholars and David Burchell on the Town Hall organ. It should be tremendous. So, we will be providing you with music from the 18th to the 21st centuries. We are certainly going to enjoy the whole programme and we know you will too. You will enjoy it even more if you bring some friends. An attractive full programme with much additional detail will be sold before the concert at a cost of $2.