The Civic Orchestra Musicians Club Concert on Sunday, October 15 was very different. Conductor Mark Curtis disregarded an age-old norm by not presenting a major item, instead opting to present items from well known movies, with clips and trailers from the movies presented on a screen located on stage behind the orchestra – a first for Broken Hill.
The small but very appreciative audience gave full marks to soloists Kyla Vine, on flute with the venerable Lois Eaton on piano, with My Heart will Go On from the film Titanic, and Melody Hitchcock, again accompanied by Lois Eaton, with the theme from Schindler’s List.
In the unexpected absence of an oboe, Steve Vine led the way on muted cornet with Gabriels Oboe from The Mission before the rest of the orchestra joined in, again very well received.
Previously Steve starred with Robyn Curtis on Trumpet in The Pink Panther with Hudson Curtis and Clare Ledwidge providing the full stops on French horns – the item ran 3rd on the audience clap – o – meters.
All orchestral items were supported by 6 violins, the best turnout in the string section for some years.
The remaining film themes presented over a very pleasant afternoon were from 2001 A Space Odyssey, On Golden Pond, The Greatest American Hero, Chariots of Fire, Those Magnificent Men, A Summer Place, The Rainbow Connection, Upstairs Downstairs and Star Wars.
Indeed, a quality afternoon, with a difference, from our much appreciated Civic Orchestra.