Divas: Anika Moa & Julia Deans Perform with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (25 June)

26 Jun

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Lets be honest; this was never going to be a bad review. When salt of the earth story teller Anika Moa, Julia Deans with her voice of pure crystal, and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra perform together you know the stars are going to align for an evening of warmth and magic. With that in mind, I braved the abominable Auckland cold for a feast of musical soul food.

Moa performed tracks from across her career, with Dreams In My Head enticing members of an admittedly stuffy audience, into an old fashioned kanikani. My Old Man and Mother, delivered with the accompanying yarns, gave her performance a warm and genuine air. Her love for her family was apparent to all, and beautiful to listen to. Backed by the APO, Moa’s music was dynamic, vibrant, and full of life; her own, as it happens.

I’ve reviewed Julia Deans more times than would care to count, so there is little I could say that I haven’t already said of her immense talent. Her voice is a rare, precious gift, at once light like the song of a bird, and powerfully strong and controlled. The APO, lead by conductor Hamish McKeich, produced music in its purest, most elemental form; coupling with Deans’ voice to create a sound like molten gold. Like Anika, Julia performed songs from across her career, closing the show with fan favourite Lydia.

Returning for an encore, the pair performed Lulu’s To Sir, With Love, a song recently played at the funeral of a mentor of mine. After an evening of love and loss I cried happy tears and stepped out into the frigid night air, soul sated.

Ed.

Anika Moa’s album Queen at the Table  is available for download now on iTunes here.

Julia Deans forthcoming album We Light Fire is due for release later this year.

The Auckland Philharmonia are next performing Turandot on July 3rd. Tickets for the concert are available from Ticketmaster here.

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