A Unique Evening of International Music (Part 2)

Luciano Gerber

Luciano Gerber playing and singing contemporary Brazilian songs

Alice Wang playing the Chinese piano

Alice playing the Chinese piano

This was certainly an evening that lived up to its title!

Detail of Alice's piano

Detail of the beautiful craftsmanship of Alice’s Chinese piano

I’ve never heard a Chinese piano (or guzheng) played live to this standard before, and it was something of a revelation.  Alice Wang is currently studying accountancy in Manchester, but has been learning the instrument from a young age and brought hers with her when she came to the UK; no mean feat in itself as it is both bulky and delicately beautiful.  Alice explained the origin and meaning of each piece she played, and the audience certainly seemed to appreciate the complex and intricate music.

Luciano Gerber then expertly played and sang us a selection of contemporary Brazilian music.  His explanations of the Portuguese lyrics and the different styles of music from various corners of his vast homeland certainly added to the enjoyment of the evening.

SSO, after the Bramhall concert

The SSO after the Bramhall concert
[photo by Gordon Jackson, Bramhall & Woodford Rotary Club]

After some very welcome refreshments during the interval, the SSO took over, and attempted to cover the rest of the world in the second half of the concert.  Here’s the programme we played:-

  • Tahiti Trot – Shostakovich arr. Gordon Robson
  • Medley from ‘The Sound of Music’ – Richard Rodgers arr. Don Ashton
  • Engine No. 9 – Les Hooper arr. Don Ashton
  • Marigold – Billy Mayerl arr. Gordon Robson
  • The Sheik of Araby – Ted Snyder arr. David Webber
  • Moon River – Henry Mancini arr. Don Ashton
  • African Waltz – Galt MacDermot arr. Gordon Robson

All in all, a very successful and enjoyable evening, which raised somewhere in the region of £1000 for  WaterAid, End Polio Now and local Rotary Club charities.

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A Unique Evening of International Music!

We’re currently preparing for our next concert, which is at Bramhall Methodist Church on Saturday, 24th November 2012.  It’s a fund-raising concert in aid of the charities WaterAid and End Polio Now.  The concert has been organised  by the local Rotary Club in memory of the late Bob Batty, who was a well-respected member of the Bramhall community.

The programme for the evening includes:-

  • Alice Wang (Chinese Piano)
  • Luciano Gerber (Guitar)

and of course…

  • The Sovereign Saxophone Octet

It will definitely be a unique and fascinating mix of styles and sounds, and all performed in aid of some very good causes.

Please come along if you can!  The concert will start at 7:30 p.m., and the admission price will be £8, including refreshments.  Tickets are available from Simply Books, the Methodist Church Hall office in Bramhall, or any local rotarian.