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Local stars shine at Melodienacht

Local stars shine at Melodienacht

On the eve of their journey to the UK, the Tanunda Town Band has produced another spectacular show for the community in the Tanunda Show Hall on May 26 and 27.

The 2017 Melodienacht, the 51st consecutive show, departed from the recent trend of “celebrity” acts, as they featured local stars and up and coming entertainers. Tanunda-born Philippa Lynas and Adelaide’s Andrew Crispe were the headline guest artists, with Trinity College student, Nathan Stafford, and local, Liz Alderslade, also performing.

From the opening sounds of Park Music to get the night underway followed by a swinging version of The Beatles’ Can’t Buy Me Love, it was a sure sign of a good night to come.

Compere, Paul van der Koogh was back for his second year on hosting duties and did an admirable job corralling the audience and band through the programme. 

Soloists from the band included Thomas Ludi-Schutz, tenor horn; Alicia Ludi-Schutz, cornet; Mikey Magin, euphonium, and Matt Magin, baritone. Alicia’s performance of La Virgin de La Macarena was particularly impressive. It was a technically challenging piece and was masterfully handled as she demonstrated her virtuosity on the instrument.

There was the usual German Oom-Pah music for audience schunkling, as well as a few sing-alongs once the vocal chords were lubricated by the Gluh Wein. An almost haunting Edelweiss was sung by the crowd without the band accompaniment and it was spine-tingling.

Guest artist, Philippa Lynas, returning to the Barossa for a few weeks between her New York and Ocean Liner engagements, brought a polished performance showcasing her repertoire. Iconic swing, pop, and musical theatre songs as well as medleys dedicated to Carole King and the Leading Ladies of song all delivered strongly.

Andrew Crispe’s standout performance was Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera, the audience sat in rapt attention and even the rain abated for a few minutes. Along with Anthem from Chess and Moondance, he joined Philippa at the end of the night as the band played a stirring Land of Hope and Glory for their trip overseas.

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