It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, now that the annual Christmas proms are here. Once again, Timothy Sexton conducts the marvellous Adelaide Arts Orchestra, through a concert of joyous yuletide chestnuts that are both merry and bright. This year’s theme is the Great Gatsby and the 1920s and it’s a triumphant bushel of fun where the performers put on the Ritz and “Anything Goes”. There are five gold rings, four ladies dancing the Charleston, three glorious backing singers, two lead vocalists and an orchestra at the top of its game.
Unfortunately, due to the venue change, the stage cannot hold the entire orchestra. So this season we have a reduced ensemble. However, the music is still magical and full of the season’s spirit. Guest singers, Emma Pask and Stephen Mahy, take full advantage of the quality musicians at their disposal as they belt out standards such as; “Mack the Knife” ; “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”; “Night and Day”; and “Jingle Bells”. The result is an intimate, yet lively piece of Christmas cheer, filled with song, dance, fun and Yule-tide carols.
As a holiday perennial, the Christmas Proms is a seasonal classic that’s hard to beat. And this year is no exception. It may be reduced in size but certainly not in stature. Everyone on the stage is of the highest quality and Sexton orchestrates proceedings with confidence, humour and an infectious, gentile sentimentalism.
He draws deep on past performances while breaking new aesthetic ground and suggests a bright future for the franchise. Yet, this current show establishes its own identity while fitting perfectly in the expected paradigm of the production.
Ultimately, it’s a concert with amazing performances and an absolutely memorable soundscape, where emotion, joy and hope embrace in a totemic spectacle of good will. Everyone will be left delighted by this heartfelt joyride that leaves one breathless with anticipation for the joyfulness that can be found in the holiday season.
Adelaide Festival Centre presents
CHRISTMAS PROMS 2016
Venue: Her Majesty’s Theatre | 58 Grote St, Adelaide SA
Dates: 15 – 17 December 2016
Tickets: $52 – $42
Bookings: 131 246 | bass.net.au