‘Stars on Parade at Christmas’ A Christmas Extravaganza

Published : 10:00 am  November 26, 2015 | No comments so far |  |  (933) reads | 

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Veteran Playwright, Producer and Director, Jith Pieris together with the Creative Arts Foundation, presents yet another Untitled-2entertaining evening for all music lovers of Colombo. ‘Stars on Parade at Christmas’, takes the stage on the 28th and 29th of November 2015, at the Lionel Wendt. This concert, which will give a festive start to the Christmas season will feature some of Colombo’s finest choirs, soloists and performers.

Renowned music director, Soundarie David Rodrigo will be conducting the ‘Soul Sounds Academy Choir’, Menaka De Fonseka Sahabandu will be conducting the ‘Menaka Singers Choir’ and Francis D’ Almeida will conduct the Stafford International School Choir. Accompanying them on drums would be Niroshan De Silva. The two youngest soloists of the concert, Suren Jayasinghe and Sharuni Weerasinghe will sing, ‘Where is Love’ from the musical ‘Oliver’ and ‘White Christmas’.

The other soloists would include, some familiar faces such as Dayan Fernando, Amandhi Caldera, Dilini Perera, Brindhini Perera and Laknath Perera as well as a few newcomers on the block. Eighteen year old Dewakie Kotelawala will take on the ‘Panis Angelicus: the penultimate strophe of the hymn Sacris Solemniis’. Navin Kulasinghe will perform on violin and Shyamali and Hemali will be playing the duet, ‘Chopsticks’. As is the global tradition, no Christmas event is complete without some of these popular songs, like ‘Santa Baby’, ‘Jingle Bells rock’, ‘O holy night’, ‘Come all ye faithful’ and ‘Silent Night’.

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These are the songs the audience will definitely sing along to, getting into the spirit of Christmas. Broadway’s classic hits such as‘Somewhere over the rainbow’ and ‘Some enchanted evening’, as well as songs like ‘Habanera’ from the opera ‘Carmen’ are also on the cards. Giving ‘Mister’ Santa Claus a well-deserved break this season, it’ll be Mrs. Santa Claus who’ll take centre stage compering the whole event. Speaking to the Daily Mirror Jith Pieris says “Expect to hear the old classics, sung in the spirit of Christmas”. This year too, as has been the practice for the past couple of years, the concert will raise funds to buy school supplies for children affected by landslides. “This is a cause that’s close to my heart,” explains Jith. “We must do what we can to keep children in school”.

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