|Dunedin Town Hall: The Octet at the RSA Revue 2013|
Last Thursday night, Miriam, Ray and I enjoyed being part of the audience as the RSA Choir gave their annual ANZAC Day Revue performance in our newly refurbished Town Hall. The choir and their guests gave us a fantastic time. Bart has been singing in this choir for nearly twenty years and we are always proud to see him being part of a dedicated group of men. I've been trying to get Foster and Ray interested in choir singing but alas, no luck so far. 'Just because you and Dad like to sing in choirs, doesn't mean we do!' OK, no problem!! I don't trust my voice any more but am glad Bart can still enjoy this soul-healing pastime. At the end of June we'll be in the Town Hall again when he takes part in Verdi's Requiem with the Dunedin City Choir. Oh, to be a tenor!
|Bart ready to sing.|
On Saturday we had music of a different kind. Some of our delightful neighbours in the house next door study music papers at the University of Otago's Music Department and on Saturday they had a house-warming party for their friends. It was lovely to hear their hilarity. Earlier Clinton and Max had wheeled our barbecue away and as trustworthy neighbours we had been asked to 'cat-sit' their equally delightful young cat Jenny. Victoria came over with Jenny's basket and her toys and we did have challenging fun trying to keep her inside. But all went well and Jenny and basket went home at 11 p.m. Miriam was allergic to cats so after our Liesel died we never did get another cat.
|Jenny and Rabbit|
Back to music again. Sunday afternoon's Verdi's La Traviata on the Concert Programme was a wonderful occasion. I do hope we'll get to see it here one day as part of the Metropolitan Opera HD Live Series in our Dunedin Rialto Cinema where I was fortunate to watch this afternoon Donizetti's Maria Stuarda. What a treat it is to sit and listen to glorious music and watch world-class performers who take our minds away to a totally different world. Today, Joyce DiDonato's voice is divine and her singing and acting as Mary, Queen of Scots was sublime, sublissimo! I admit I sobbed a lot during the second part and even the 10-minute drive home didn't manage to get my emotional level back to normal. Even now, several hours later, I still can feel it in my shoulders!