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Sizzling Summer Concerts at Nathan Homestead

Sizzling Summer Concerts at Nathan Homestead

Feel like a lazy summer afternoon surrounded by the sounds of easy listening jazz and lounge music? Manukau City Council’s Leisure Services team is kicking off its free summer outdoor concert series on February 1st.

Council’s arts staff have planned five free outdoor concerts at the Nathan Homestead (Manurewa). All concerts are free and run from 4pm to 6pm.

The first of our summer concerts on Sunday February 1st features Betty-Anne and Friends. Sit back and enjoy the soulful voice of Betty-Anne, delivering classic songs of the 70s to up-to-the-minute numbers. Her sophisticated sound and her tight three-piece groove machine stand her in a class of her own.

Betty-Anne has been involved in music for many years, primarily as lead vocalist for one of New Zealand’s most prominent groups. She has been nominated four times at the New Zealand Music Awards for Female Vocalist of the Year, taking out the award in 1999.

Crescendo will finish off a perfect summer Sunday with easy listening music ranging from jazz, cabaret, rhythm & blues and old school on 8th February. Three professional musicians (Velma Siteine, Fred Baker, and Maua Miller) all have more than 10 years entertainment experience. Sit back, relax and enjoy or sing along and dance to the group's extensive repertoire of music.

On Sunday February 15,we welcome Power Play, a 20 piece band affiliated with the NZ Army. From Glen Miller to Duke Ellington, and swing tunes Night Train and Zoot Suit Riot, Power Play will take you back to the hey-day of the big band.

Check out Power Play’s ‘Big Band’ style featuring saxophones, trombones, rhythm section plus vocals. They’ve thrilled audiences at the Winter Gardens and regularly perform to appreciative crowds at the Onehunga Working Men’s Club.

The fourth of our summer concerts is on Sunday 22 February, ‘Fiona Ferens and Friends'. Local soprano Fiona Ferens and Northland’s Opera North choir join forces again this summer to present a wonderful outdoor concert. ‘Rhythm of Life’ is a collaborative effort and will feature popular contemporary show tunes, including numbers from well-known productions such as Grease, Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, and other lighter show music, including Rhythm of Life.

Fiona will perform solos and duets with other local musicians, including numbers from Phantom, Gershwin’s ‘Can’t Help Lovin That Man’ and ‘Time to Say Goodbye’ (as sung by Sarah Brightman). Bring the family and a picnic and settle down for a delightful afternoon.

The fifth and last summer concert is on 29 February featuring Vox Nova and the sounds of Latin America. Vox Nova performs Latin tunes from Brazil, Cuba, Peru, Italy and France. Rhythms include bossa nova, samba, rhumba, cha cha and more.

The five musicians hail from Scotland, England, Germany, Belgium, and New Zealand – adding their talents and skills to the summer heat of Manukau. This concert is sure to end our summer series with a bang!

Operations Manager, Brett Jude says “Council organises these events to help make the arts more accessible to our community. We’d love everyone to bring their families and a picnic and enjoy two hours of entertainment.

“Remember that our free quarterly Arts in the City catalogue, which includes these concerts and other arts events, exhibitions, art classes and workshops around the city is available at libraries and art centres,” says Mr Jude.

Bring along your picnic basket and blanket and be entertained! If wet the concerts will be cancelled. Decisions will be made at 1pm, so contact the Centre on 267 0180 to confirm. ENDS

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