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Kate Ceberano + Paul Grabowsky: Love Songs

23 October 2016

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Sunday 23 October, 4pm
Sunday 23 October, 7:30pm
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A guaranteed SELL OUT, this is a rare opportunity to see two of Australia's greatest stars in an intimate venue.

This very personal journey into words and music by two of Australia’s most respected musicians sees reinterpretations of some of the great love songs of the past 50 years.

The effect on audiences is palpable as Kate an Paul present stripped back renditions of love songs which were selected because of their ability to connect on a deep emotional level and more importantly, because they have influenced both artists at some point in their lives.

As the high priestess of pop and an award-winning jazz singer, Kate has lived the rockstar life jazz vocalists dream of. In the wake of her 24 albums, countless awards, TV appearances, festival highlight performances and generally prolific creative output, Kate stands as the icon emerging artists appeal to for hope, integrity and pride in their work.

She is more than a National Treasure, she is a cultural diplomat and carries with her the torch to light a thousand paths for the future of live jazz vocalists everywhere.
The two have not worked as intimately since their legendary heydays together at the Continental in Prahran in 1996. Paul’s contribution to Australian jazz is vast and deep, and his influence underscores generations with his wise, wonderful and whimsical way of approaching music making.

"It is a match made in musical heaven. Her ravishing voice paired with his keyboard masteryHerald Sun

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GROUP 4+: $55

REVIEW: Herald Sun, 2015
" It is a match made in musical heaven. Her ravishing voice paired with his keyboard mastery. 

But not even Kate Ceberano and Paul Grabowsky could have anticipated the magic they generated at Melbourne Recital Centre. Their Love Songs concert, played before a packed house, was joyously alive from the get go. A warm, heartfelt ode to love lost, found and unrequited.

And when Ceberano hushed the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall — just three songs in — with The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, everyone knew they were in for something special.
The repertoire was as diverse as love itself. One moment, Ceberano and Grabowsky were diving into pop with The Carpenters and Burt Bacharach, then flirting with jazz and chanson.

Ceberano, by turns sassy and soulful, seemed especially at home with quieter numbers. Her take on Hoagy Carmichael’s Skylark was exquisite, her Both Sides Now achingly beautiful.
Grabowsky, meanwhile, supplied inspired arrangements so rich in colour you could have sworn there was a band working behind him. A collection of French love songs segued brilliantly from Satie to Michel Legrand and back again, while a medley of Cilla Black numbers was anchored with a superbly essayed Alfie.

They even did the overwrought theme from Love Story, allowing Grabowsky to unleash his inner Liberace.

To finish? The Way We Were, of course. But three encores later, the audience was on its feet and pleading for more.
I’m giving this four and a half stars only because five is inevitable when Ceberano and Grabowsky fine tune their show and hit the road. As they must

The Fisherman's Daughter



15 Childers St,

City West ACT 2601

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