Maleny Singers join with Opera Queensland

Katie Stenzel and Jason Barry-Smith

Katie Stenzel and Jason Barry-Smith

Maleny Arts Council’s upcoming concert Queensland Opera Sings for Maleny will feature Maleny’s own singers, already in rehearsal under the baton of director Margaret Taylor. The program will be performed in the Maleny Community Centre on Sunday November 12 at 2pm.

MAC’s recent concert with the three tenors, Tenori, was a triumph, and one member of the full house said, ‘This was the best concert I’ve been to in years let’s have more like this’.

Tenori’s program included songs from opera to Andrew Lloyd Webber, Dean Martin to Leonard Cohen, so the Opera Queensland performance won’t be quite the same.

They are, however, creating a program just for Maleny, so hinterland theatre lovers won’t hear this selection of songs anywhere else. As everyone knows, too, the Maleny Singers are guaranteed to give great value for money but they are not revealing what their segment will consist of, so the audience are in for a surprise.

Opera Qld’s repertoire will include some of opera’s ‘swoon’ melodies, like the trio from Cosi fan tutte, and the Flower duet from Delibes’ Lakmé, together with popular classics from Handel, Johann Strauss, Gilbert and Sullivan and beyond.

Celebrated Jason Barry-Smith, popular with Maleny audiences, will again entertain as lead singer and MC of the new program.

He will be assisted by Brisbane’s ‘Queen of Coloratura’, Katie Stenzel, and mezzo-soprano Jessica Low. They will sing popular songs made famous by legendary Australian singers like Peter Dawson, Gladys Moncrieff and Joan Sutherland.

One of the Arts Council’s most popular concerts in recent years was Opera Queensland’s The Adventures of Figaro in 2015, and many people asked for a return visit. President Jennifer Radbourne is looking forward to this special production.

“It is rare in a country town to have a performance of the State Opera. So again, we have been able to bring the group to Maleny so we don’t have to drive to Brisbane for this treat.

“At the Tenori concert in October one of the tenors, David Kidd, told the audience that fewer and fewer towns had the advantage of an Arts Council bringing quality music and theatre to country people, who are finding it more and more difficult to access theatre in the capital cities.

“We are thrilled that the Queensland Opera loves to come to Maleny where the audience is appreciative and where they can get to talk with them after the show,” she said.

As with every Arts Council presentation, the audience is invited on to the deck of the Maleny Community Centre where members provide nibbles and sandwiches, and patrons can buy drinks from the MCC’s bar.

Tickets can be obtained from malenyartscouncil.com (for Trybooking) and Maleny Information Centre. Prices are $30 and $25 for members. If you buy ten tickets that also attracts the member discount, so ring John Marsden for information and booking.

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