How can you accelerate the speed, accuracy, and quality of learning songs for performance situations?

On this blog I share my 'learning adventures' as I continue to improve my performance as a singer.

I share web resources I find helpful, and reflect on my experience using various technologies and ideas.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

ShowWest SIngers performs in Onehunga, 4 pm, Sunday 28 June, 2009

St Peter's Anglican Church

Corner Church Street and Onehunga Mall,
Onehunga, Auckland.

Songs selected from

I have a Dream - Mary Donnelly
And So it Goes - Billy Joel
The Lily and the Rose - Bob Chilcott
Lakme - Delibes
Baylero - Trad.arr G. Richards
I'm Martin Guerre - Schoenberg & Boublil
Non T'amo Piu - Tosti
Ar Hyd y Nos - Trad.arr. Bob Chilcott
The Skye Boat Song - Trad.arr.Bob Chilcott
Danny Boy - Trad.arr Bob Chilcott
Ill Wind - Flanders and Swann
Orpheus and the Underground - Offenbach arr, Cantabile
American Trilogy Mickey Newbury
Steal Away - Negro Spiritual arr. Burleigh
Ching-A-Ring Chaw - Adapt.Aaron Copeland
The Water is Wide - arr. Mark Hayes
Bess you is my Woman - Gershwin
My Mans Gone - Gershwin
How Could I ever Know - Lucy Simon
Dem Bones - Trad. Arr Larry Nickel
Wrong Note Rag - Leonard Bernstein
Operator - William Spivery
All that Jazz - Kander
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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Review - The Deep Blue Sea - Terence Rattigan

The Deep Blue Sea

Rattigan's play is a complex intertwining of human emotions: obsession, unrequited love, despair, forgiveness.

The story revolves around Hester, unhappy with her illicit relationship with Freddy, the ex World War II flying ace. Her love is unrequited, and the play opens with her attempted suicide. The neighbours in her apartment call attention to her plight. Her ex-husband, a senior judge, comes on the scene. The complexity, mystery, and suspense expands from that point.

Cover of Cover of The Deep Blue Sea (Nick Hern Books)

I enjoyed Titirangi Theatre's nuanced production of the play, directed by Liz Watkinson. Although Hester takes the central role, the other seven roles present very strongly.

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Ark in the park: concert for the birds

The Waitakere Branch of Forest & Bird invite you to a CONCERT FOR THE BIRDS

7:30 pm, Friday June 12, 2009. Glen Eden Playhouse, Glen Edern, Waitakere, Auckland.

The concert is a musical variety concert, being held as a fundraiser for the Ark in the Park project. This is a community environmental restoration project, a partnership between the Waitakere branch of Royal Forest & Bird and the ARC.

Special Guest Artists Include:
  • Helen Medlyn (mezzo soprano) with accompanist Lee Martelli
  • The Three Mezzos
  • Jubate (Irish, American and Gypsy music)
  • Yuko Takahaski (mezzo soprano) with accompanist Setsuko Strang
  • Show West Singers (conductor Judy King)
  • Peter Mellalieu, singing "I'm Martin Guerre"

Bookings: events@iconevents.co.nz Phone 09 845 5540

Volunteers currently control pests to low levels of 1200 hectares of parkland at the Cascade Kauri Park in the northern Waitakere Ranges. Our goal is 2000 ha.

Proceeds from this event will be used to return threatened native bird species, including kokako, to the Ark in the Park.

Events Calendar | Ecoevents

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

REVIEW: A century of song from Yale University Whiffenpoofs in Auckland

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The Yale Whiffenpoofs sang to the delight of an animated audience of sixty people at the stunning location of the Tamaki Yacht Club in Auckland on Sunday afternoon.

The world's oldest collegiate a capella songsters presented a variety of songs presented with their own distinctive arrangements - both musical and choreographic - as one might expect from a group including several budding composers and musicians, a robotics scientist, an economist, and a philosopher who when he grows up just wants 'to be'. Folk favorites such as 'Down by the Salley Gardens' joined contemporary arrangements of 'A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square', the distinctly collegiate 'Daddy is a Yale Man' and the penultimate finale of 'The Whiffenpoof Song'.

Every year, fourteen senior men are selected to be in the Yale Whiffenpoofs. Commencing rehearsal in August, the current Whiffs have toured through America and Latin America prior to commencing their world tour. Remarkably, each year's Whiffs are a completly new group of men, some of whom have observed and rehearsed with the previous year's Whiffs. The current 14-week world tour, commencing in New Zealand, takes in Australia, Malaysia, India, Europe, and Israel. Their tour blog can be viewed at: whiffenpooftour2009.blogspot.com

At Yale Commencement 2009, the Whiffenpoofs released their newest album, CENTURY, commemorating 100 years of the group's storied history. Produced and engineered by multi Grammy Award winners Steve Barnett and Preston Smith, CENTURY is a special tribute to the group's Centennial Year. The album includes a repertoire that spans the full one hundred years. The album may be purchased through: www.yale.edu/whiffenpoofs/cds/

The ‘Whiffs’ in New Zealand
The Whiffenpoofs have visited New Zealand on several occasions, presenting in Auckland as guests of the Northern Club. This is their first performance with the American Club in Auckland.

The concert entrance fees contributed to the costs of the event, a donation towards the Yale Whiffenpoofs’ world tour, and to to the American Club Inc. (NZ) Friendship Award.

More photos of the Whiffenpoofs Auckland concert for the American Club are here: http://homepage.mac.com/petermellalieu/Whiffenpoofs/index.html

The American Club Inc (Auckland)
The American Club was established in Auckland in 1966 to provide a social venue for persons sharing an interest in American culture, history, and sport.
The club holds regular monthly meetings, including activities and events that mark Memorial Day, Independence Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, as well as local activities and sporting occasions.

Through its 'Friendship Award' program it seeks to support friendship and understanding between the peoples of the United States and New Zealand. The Award is a scholarship offered yearly to a New Zealand student planning to complete studies in a United States university.

The Whiffenpoofs were interviewed on Breakfast Television (8 June, 2009) by Paul Henry here: http://tvnz.co.nz/breakfast-news/whiffenpoofs-perform-8-36-2772062/video


American Club:

Phone: +64 (9) 336 1666
Postal: PO Box 589, Auckland

President: Kim Daly (Photo right)
Phone: +64 (9) 336 1666

Membership: Beth Coleman (Photo left)
Phone: +64 (21) 325 461