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Cole Porter - You're the Top!


Sat 18 Aug 2018, 2:30pm–4:00pm

Where: Rathkeale College, Willow Park Drive, Masterton, Wairarapa

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: Sally Chamberlain

With legendary saxophone player Alex Nyman and brilliant pianist Thomas Nikora. Narrated by well-known local humorist Michael Wilson as emcee. "Cole Porter was one of the most important composers of the 20th century." - Radio NZ / Howard Goodall.

Two choirs and four musicians present a concert that will kindle memories and warm the heart. Cole Porter’s songs are valued for their beauty, humour and intelligence, as well as their unexpected jokes and wordplay. His songs make us laugh, they make us cry, and they touch the deepest truths of our emotions. In the 1920's, 30's and 40's the sophisticated rhymes and cultivated imagery of Cole Porter’s lyrics made him one of the pre-eminent song-smiths. He is famous for incredibly witty lyrics with erudite rhymes and imagery. Porter's Broadway musical plays were very successful, and he wrote music for Hollywood movies which were very popular. His songs "shine like jewels" one critic wrote, "shot through with love that sometimes feels like pain". Cole Porter’s songs continue to be performed and enjoyed by modern audiences.