Few would know that Queensland’s long-standing independent opera company, OPERATIF! is based in Nambour these days. Soprano Jennifer Parish and husband Stewart Cameron who celebrate 20 years of OPERATIF! this year, moved to the Sunshine Coast and settled in Nambour because of its central location, the services available and its old fashioned feel. Each year OPERATIF! presents concerts in S E Queensland, produces a festival ‘Opera in Paradise,’ (this year to be held in Samoa) and also hosts its own tailor-made Music-Lovers Tours to Europe and Asia! It’s a very busy lifestyle for the couple, but Jennifer and Stewart say they love what they do and they were keen to spread their wings this year and offer some performances here in Nambour.
“Each year we present ‘Opera in the Amphitheatre’ at Lake Macdonald in Cooroy”, Jennifer said, “but for a long time I’ve thought about people like our older neighbours who would love the songs and music we present. Luckily the manager of Nambour Civic Centre liked the idea and also wished to offer some performances especially for Seniors. The first concert, ‘Our Celtic Homelands’ will be presented at 11am on 25th June. “Our timing couldn’t have been better,” said baritone Stewart, “because the Council is currently installing a lift at the Civic Centre making it far more accessible for older folk and others with mobility challenges.” The performance promises many old favourites including My Ain Folk, Sweet Sixteen, Mifanwy, Danny Boy, The Eriskay Love Lilt, Flower of Scotland, I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen, My Little Welsh Home and, for a bit of fun, Donald.
Where’s Ya Troosers! It will take place in the delightfully intimate theatre which boasts a beautiful grand piano. “There are so many wonderful ballads which hail from the proud homelands of Scotland, Ireland and Wales,” Stewart said, “and this special concert offers a salute to the great Celtic nations and the wealth of traditional songs which have stood the test of time.” The artists featured in ‘Our Celtic Homelands’ are soprano Jennifer Parish and baritone Stewart Cameron with special guests former Ten-Tenor’s founder, David Kidd and brilliant piano accompanist, Mr John Woods. (himself a Scotsman!) A second program ‘A Dream of Old Vienna’ is scheduled for September with plenty of time for a group to get organised and come and spend some time in Nambour, perhaps adding a visit to the Historic Museum across the road. Tickets are just $25 or $22 for pensioners, on sale now at Nambour Civic Centre 5475 7777
Our Celtic Homelands!
Nambour Civic Centre, Centenary Square, Nambour
25th of June 2014
Tickets are just $25 or $22 for pensioners
On sale now at Nambour Civic Centre - Please call 5475 7777
20 Jun 2014 - The Celts are coming to Nambour
15th of May 2014 - Memorable Our Celtic Homelands concert at Nambour Civic Centre
Nambour Civic Centre, Nambour
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