Hamilton can finally look forward to a collaboration of large-scale orchestral and choral music — The Power of Two — for the first time since the closure of Founders Theatre in February 2016.

Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra (TWSO) and Cantando Choir offer the spine-tingling sensation of over 80 voices and full symphony orchestra to Hamilton audiences. The first half of the programme features TWSO with a performance of Bizet’s L’Arlesienne Suite #2, a cornerstone of the French Romantic orchestral repertoire.

The work has stood the test of time with audiences, and as testimony to its popularity, themes from the suite have been dynamically used in everything from television programmes to jazz arrangements and video games. The second half of The Power of Two presents Part 1 of Mendelssohn’s hugely popular Elijah. Very much the Messiah of its day, 2000 people attended the premiere performance of Elijah. The line-up of vocal soloists includes Elaine Wogan (soprano), Sarah Court (alto), Koli Jayatunge (tenor) and Jarvis Dams (bass).

This vibrant and successful group of singers bring a huge amount of talent and experience to the stage.

Joining the vocal soloists is young Hamilton treble, Matthew Colvin. Matthew, 9, is in Year 5 at Hukanui Primary School. He recently sat his Grade 3 clarinet exam, learns the piano and studies singing with Hannah Bryant. This will be the first time Matthewhas performed alongside professional soloists and he is looking forward to the experience. No matter what your background, being part of a live performance of such a large group of singers and musicians is truly a humbling experience, and something that should be on everyone’s ‘to-do’ list, concert organisers say.

The Power of Two, under artistic director and conductor Rupert D’Cruze, has one performance only, on Saturday November 11, 7.30 pm, at ACTivate Church, Bisley Road.

Ticketing information can be found at www.orchestras.org.nz, and door sales will be available.

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