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Fiesta Latina

Featuring iconic Latino songs, electrifying flamenco guitar and an explosion of sequins and feathers, Darwin Chorale presents the spectacular Fiesta Latina.

Curated by former Chorale music director Nora Lewis, the program will feature ‘Blame it on the Bossa Nova’, ‘El Cumbanchero’, ‘El Condor Pasa’, ‘Bailamos’, ‘How High the Moon’, ‘Guantanamera’ and ‘It Had Better Be Tonight’.

These well-loved tunes have been arranged especially for choir and will be sung by the full 50-voice Chorale, who will also perform beautiful sacred pieces in the jazz/Latin style.

“I am not the Chorale’s Music Director any more, but it was agreed that I could conduct a concert from time to time, with repertoire of my choice. I have always liked this genre of music and wanted to have some fun with it,” explains Lewis. 

The choir will be accompanied by an instrumental combo consisting of a standard rhythm section – piano, guitar, bass and drums – as well as two trumpets, tenor sax and trombone, plus an array of Latin percussion to – in Lewis’ words – “zizz everything up”. Shalom Kaa will perform the popular ‘Despacito’, with the Chorale and the audience joining in.

The Chorale’s guitarist Francis Diatschenko is also a soloist in his own right and will be playing a couple of solos showcasing his affinity with flamenco/gypsy music. 

Also helping with the ‘zizz’ will be guest dancers from Samba Darwin, livening up several of the songs with salsa, cha cha, samba and tango – wearing typical carnival costume… feathers, sequins –  and not much else!

FRI 20 JUL | 7.30PM | SANDERSON MIDDLE SCHOOL | $35 | $30 CONC | $15 CHILD |

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