Pianist Lisa Pirlo and soprano Lindell Claff preparing for the Grand Gala performances in Lismore.
Pianist Lisa Pirlo and soprano Lindell Claff preparing for the Grand Gala performances in Lismore.

Grand Gala in Lismore for classical music lovers

FROM Broadway to La Scala is the theme for this year's Grand Gala.

The event will showcase local talent from On the Note Vocal Studio, and in its second year, the gala will offer a matinee and evening show next weekend.

Sopranos Chrissi and Lindell Claff of Clunes, who are mother and daughter, will perform with Alstonville tenor Matthew Lendrum, Yamba soprano Emma Short and baritone Troy Castle.

The two-hour shows will feature classical and musical theatre solos and group performances.

The classical section will include a group piece by Northern Rivers artist Andrew Swain called Show Me.

The Broadway section will also feature solo performances from Into the Woods, Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables, plus an acapella version of Amazing Grace.

The singers will be accompanied in both shows by local pianist Lisa Perlo.

Lindell Claff said the Grand Gala show was the biggest performance of the year for On the Note Vocal studio.

"They are seasoned performers. We have all performed with other companies before," she said.

"Emma and Troy both worked with the Clarence Coast Theatrical Society and also the Criterion Theatre in Grafton. Both Chrissi and Matthew have been involved with Ballina Players and Lismore Theatre Company," she said.

Lindell also said she was excited to be performing with her mother, Chrissi, on stage.

"I have performed with her before but this will be the first time at the Grand Gala," she said.

"I definitely got my love of music from her and my dad. My parents were both folk singers."

Mr Lendrum said the whole ensemble was very excited about the show.

"We are very passionate about this show and we are going to do our very best on stage," he said.

Mr Lendrum has previously worked in arts administration for the Sydney Opera House and the Canberra Symphony Orchestra.

"This show is a wonderful opportunity for local performers to showcase their talent," he said.

At Uniting Church, 80 Keen St, Lismore, at 2pm and at Pidcock Centre for the Performing Arts, St John's College, Woodlawn, at 7pm on Saturday, October 17. $20 each show.



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