Sunday, March 14, 2010

Concert with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

Tonight was a delightful concert with the Sioux City Symphony. The guest artist was Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.
Her voice was fantastic. I really enjoyed "working" with her, if you will. lol. She was a relaxing, yet inspiring musician.
She changed outfits 3 times during this concert. I am so glad she did, I thought about if she would or not, and she did not disappoint! I wish that I had pictures of her dresses. But I was on stage with my violin...not my cell phone to snap a pic :( Nonetheless, they were gorgeous.
I will do my best to explain and use some graphics to help you all visualize.

Floor length silver sequins dress, it was fitted with a slight "v" neck. 
Over the top of this sparkly dress was a white silk jack. It was longed sleeved and had a train. On the collar and end of the sleeves it had little sparkly gems. So dramatic, but so sleek!

She performed in this outfit:
W.A. MOZART  Le Nozze Di Figaro, "Porgi Amor" and "Dove  Sono"

Fitted floor length white dress with black small graphic flowers.
Again, she wore the dramatic white silk jacket over the top of this.
She performed in this outfit:
G. PUCCINI, "Quando men vo" from La Boheme
E.W. KORNGOLD "Marietta's Lied" from Die tote Stadt ***
G. PUCCINI, "Donde lieta usci" from La Boheme
F. CILEA, "lo son l'umile ancella" from Adrianan Lecouvreur 

An orange off the shoulder floor length dress. This also had a bit of sparkle. This dress had this orange "feather like" (maybe organza??) around the neck and the bottoms of the sleeves. Little slit up the side (above her knee), so she could walk.
She performed in this outfit:
G. GERSHWIN "By Strauss"
L. BERNSTEIN "Somewhere" from West Side Story ***
J. KERN "Can't Help Lovin Dat Man" from Show Boat
ROGERS & HAMMERSTEIN "You'll Never Walk Alone" from Carousel
3 Encores:
Oh Bambino  
and one other one that was in a different language I didn't know.
Her accessories included diamonds....just like these:
The orchestra also performed pieces without her:
W.A. MOZART  Le Nozze Di Figaro, "Overture"
P. MASCAGNI, Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana ***
G. ROSSINI, Overture to "L'Italiania in Algeri"
C. PORTER Overature to Anything Goes
*** my favorites pieces of the night
Who says that symphony music is was a refreshing night full of music and fashion in Sioux City.


  1. Just been to a very similar outdoor concert by her at the Royal Horticultural Gardens at Wisley, Surrey. Weather was wet and cold (even by the standards of England in June) and she put a dampener on proceedings very early on by telling off a photographer who was "using too long a lens, too intruding"!

    In the second half she warmed better to the audience of 1,500 and ended with a rousing version of "Jerusalem".

    Brilliant blog by the way!

  2. Hi Anonymous,
    Thanks for the story and the compliment on my blog :)