Full house for Christmas show
by Andy Bryenton
Dargaville has the spirit of Christmas; that’s the message from the organisers of a festive concert at the Lighthouse Function Centre on December 8. Tickets have sold so fast that it’s certain to be a full house when accordion virtuoso Kevin Friedrich returns.
Museum spokesperson Margaret Tier says that Mr Friedrich will be bringing friends to help make the season merry. These include Auckland’s Music Makers accordion orchestra, the Kaipara Ukulele Orchestra, the Whangarei Handbell Choir, Alanah and Maurice Jones, vocalists Lionel Reekie, Wendy Dunn and Jone Yelcich, and Dargaville’s Rivertown and Take 6 Singers.
Interestingly, the Whangarei Handbell Choir also have a local connection.
Top campanologist, master of musical bells, Ray Palmer, was once the local high school’s music teacher. His return with an orchestra of bell-ringing musicians will add a special Christmas tone to the concert.
Due to the volume of popular demand for this festive occasion, those who wish to attend are advised to contact the Dargaville Museum with all haste.
Kevin Friedrich has an early Christmas present for his many local fans, however, with the announcement of another appearance here in Dargaville in the new year. He’s confirmed March 29 2020, for his next engagement. It will once again bring together one of the world’s foremost proponents of the accordion with Dargaville Museum’s unrivalled collection of these fascinating instruments.