Harmony and melody

Talented trio of Bonaventure, Allan-Moetaua, Rutene Spooner, Tainui Kuru paid tribute to yesteryear singing sensations like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Times photo Wayne Martin.

There was a lot of light-hearted banter, beautiful harmonies, tap dancing and pure talent.
Ratpack Returns starring Bonaventure, Allan-Moetaua, Rutene Spooner, Tainui Kuru presented by Operatunity at St Columba Presbyterian Church, Ti Rakau Dr, hit all the right notes with an audience of around 250 seniors on Thursday.

Accompanied by a band comprising of Mike Booth, Bruce French, Pete France and Grant Winterburn, the daytime concert was a tribute to singing greats Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr.

A mix of medleys and solo performances included old time favourites My Way, Fly Me to the Moon, Singin in the Rain, New York, New York.

The charismatic Maori Pacifica singers were in perfect sync and no one would have known that though they have partnered with each other at other concerts, this was the first time that the trio had come together for Operatunity’s Daytime Concert series-that hosts around 200 concerts a year.

Watch out for the musical trio, they could be Solo Mio in the making! Their music was food for the soul.

The crowd-pleasing, talented performers are touring 24 centres from Whangarei to Invercargill across a five-week period transporting people to a world of foot-tapping melodies with the most-loved artists of all time.

After the concert the audience is even treated to free sandwiches and cookies served by the singers themselves–who put on their aprons, serve and clean up after the show!


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