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WSO pops opener full of thrills

Ted Shaw
Windsor Star

Three soaring voices and an orchestra playing at its impassioned best powered Windsor Symphony's magnificent opening pops concerts over the weekend.

Cleary International Centre's Chrysler Theatre was packed Saturday night and Sunday afternoon for On Broadway, a selection of some of the best American showpieces performed by three of Canada's stars of the musical stage...

Joining Henrikson was tenor Mark DuBois, who has graced the Cleary stage many times over the last two decades. He is a crowd favourite and his highly visual and dramatic readings of popular musical numbers are always worth waiting for.

This time it was his second-half performance of Cole Porter's funny mock aria, Where is the Life, from Kiss Me Kate, which brought the show to a halt. The song contains a little Gilbert & Sullivan patter, a little Grand Opera swagger and a lot of showmanship and DuBois polished it off with a big Pavarotti-style ending, handkerchief and all.

Celtic tenor

Earlier, DuBois provided a hint of Celtic tenor to the beautiful Come to Me, Bend to Me, from Brigadoon, a melody which bears remarkable similarities with Andrew Lloyd Webber's All I Ask of You, from The Phantom of the Opera...

... also paired with DuBois in Music of the Night, with DuBois dressed in full Phantom regalia including mask and cape...

... She also joined DuBois in the gorgeous If I Loved You, from Carousel...

Other highlights included Some Enchanted Evening, from Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific, sung by DeGrazia and DuBois and DeGrazia's stirring solo performance of the title song of The Sound of Music.

DuBois returned just before the end to sing Bring Him Home, from Les Misérables, then he was joined by the other two for the rousing finale, the march and chorus from Les Miz.

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