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The Exceptional Carlo Curley Organ Extravaganza

The Exceptional Carlo Curley Organ Extravaganza

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When:

  • Fri 17 Sep ’10, 7:30pm

Where:

Nelson School of Music, 48 Nile St, Nelson Show map

Restrictions:

All Ages

Website:

www.nsom.co.nz

The world famous American Concert Organist Carlo Curley will be appearing at what promises to be a most spectacular concert.

To be fair, classical music isn't everyone's cup of tea but when a musician boldly announces that 'Bach invented Rock and Roll', that a particular composition by Handel is a 'real toe-tapper' and that during the next piece his 'size 12's are going to go bananas with smoke rising from the pedalboard', it takes a strong will to turn a deaf ear. Just such a performer is Carlo Curley, self-styled champion of the classical organ, a large and charismatic figure who has dedicated his life to blowing the cobwebs out of the organ loft and bringing music to suit all tastes to the masses - and by all accounts, they love every moment of it.

Carlo is justly world-famous for his elegant performances and quick wit. His delightful informality has attracted a whole new following, although not all his contemporaries are so enthusiastic about the tongue-in-cheek approach of someone who occasionally combines the music of the gods with the mischief of the devil.

His self-proclaimed mission is “to establish the organ at the forefront of musical instruments, even if it takes the rest of my life”.

“A hundred meteors crashed into a new galaxy” (The Observer) is just one description of the effect produced by this extraordinary performer. The American concert organ virtuoso has been named ‘Pavarotti of the Organ’ because of his larger than life presence and overwhelming talent.

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