Estonian Hall, Fri 19 Feb
Voices in harmony have the ability to transport you to a magical, peaceful place. The Adelaide University Choral Society’s red and black adorned singers (around 80 of them!) filed onto the stage as we settled into the cabaret atmosphere of a packed Estonian club. They were supported by the talented AUC Fringe Band and an entertaining Alistair Knight, who stepped in to conduct and perform MC duties. The evening was a tribute to their conductor of the past four years, Tim Marks, who recently went to another magical peaceful place.
The show was opened with a poignant version of Behind Blue Eyes (The Who), and then they ramped it up with their interpretation of Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again (The Angels) as a tongue in cheek dedication especially for Tim. The male section took a recess at the first intermission, and the ladies performed a wonderful version Sweet Child O’ Mine (Guns N’ Roses), and some tight harmonics on California Dreamin’ (The Mamas and The Papas).
The men returned to join in with a not so punchy version of Adele’s classic Rolling In The Deep. A little more “Ooga-Chaka Ooga-Ooga Ooga-Chaka” (Blue Swede’s, Hooked On A Feeling) was needed at times, perhaps an indication of their sense of loss. The show finished with a thumping fun version of the Proclaimers I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles). AUC On The Wild Side was a fun compilation of songs with intriguing interpretations. They took a few risks, and it paid off with the crowd really enjoying the evening.
Karen Bailey & Terry Izatt
AUC On The Wild Side continues at Estonian Hall from 8pm until Sat 20 Feb.
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