Gatton treated to Festival Italia

ON Saturday, October 16, the Alexandra Hall in Toogoolawah was awash with all things Italian.

The Esk Community Choir's Festival Italia filled the hall to the brim as people took in the apt decor of the tri-coloured green, red and white theme.

Especially eye-catching was the silhouetted orchestra and wonderful backdrop of music notes, hand-painted by choir member Russell Zammitt.

Audience members came dressed up and were certainly in the mood to be entertained.

There were many highlights of the night – Dean Martin (aka Lloyd King) was a wonderful surprise, complete with cocktail glass and cigar and the choir did not disappoint.

The Six Sexy Sopranos truly sizzled, and when they took to the stage with the three tenors, the result was enchanting and hilarious.

As the evening drew to a close the audience joined in with gusto with some classic Italian songs including favourite ‘Arrivederci Roma'.

By evening's end there were many happy faces and contented bellies.

But there's no rest for the wicked – The Esk Community Choir set off the following day to Blackbutt, where they had a repeat performance of their Festival Italia.

This time it was an afternoon concert, with afternoon tea, and it was certainly just as much fun as the Toogoolawah performance.

The Blackbutt audience got an extra unexpected surprise though: ladies of the choir performed their much praised ‘Sister Act' Medley, to mark Mary McKillop's canonisation.

If you missed either of these performances, there is one more opportunity to attend Festival Italia – The Esk Community Choir is performing the show once more, this time in Gatton on October 30 at 2.30pm.

Tickets are priced at $15 for adults, $10 for concessions and $5 for students, and are available at the door.

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