‘Sing Gloria!’ exceeds expectations

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‘Sing Gloria!’ – 9 December 2014, Lionel Wendt Theatre A Review by Angelo Pereira Despite the heavy “showers of blessings” that preceded the show, a fair number of courageous souls braved all storms to be present and not miss this show of a lifetime. I had personally attended many choral productions and concerts but somehow knew this show was truly going to be something special and be the launching pad for several new talented musicians into the music industry. I was pleasantly surprised as the show even exceeded my expectations.   Driving much intrigue and curiosity, the show commenced with a mysterious melody known as ‘The Journey of Love’ – a composition by our very own Joshua Asokan, accompanied by a beautiful string quartet. This complex piece was played to perfection, led with much flair and power by the conductor Joshua himself. It was a privilege to be present to listen to the choir in this concert, which comprised of many known performers, packing every chorus with an amazing quality and blend in sounds. One might think that it should not be any surprise considering the presence of many veteran singers, but nevertheless was a treat to the audience. You could see it on the faces of every spectator – this show was impressive.   Special performances by Melanie Bibile, Chaminda Fernando, Kumudini David, Eshantha de Andrado, Nadeeni Perera and the Children from the World Vision project (who were the benefactors of the night’s performance) were truly inspiring, giving the audience so much quality for the price of the ticket they purchased. Numbers like ‘Christmas in Heaven,’ ‘Labor of Love,’ ‘Sweet Little Jesus Boy’ and ‘Hope is Born Again’ contributed to giving ‘Sing Gloria’ a more contemporary feel while still maintaining its classical roots. Overall, this concert satisfied to the fullest and was a great start to the season. Like most who attended, I am looking forward to the next show by this talented troupe.