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A night of movie music from musicians’ union

07 November 2016

The performers of HKMU's 'Songs from the Silver Screen' bow out at end of the concert.
The Hong Kong Musicians’ Union (HKMU) presented the second of its yearly showcase entitled “Songs from the Silver Screen”, on Oct 5 at Sheung Wan Civic Centre.

The show featured seasoned singers and musicians from Hong Kong performing classics from favorite Hollywood productions, and also from Hong Kong movie soundtracks.

The show opened with the band’s performance of the iconic James Bond Main Theme which flows to Jozy Patricio’s rendition of Adele’s ‘Skyfall’ from the 007 movie of the same title. The ballad ‘Do You Know Where You’re Going To?’ from ‘Mahogany’ came next, sung by Joana Westbrook.
The audience was then treated to a disco-nostalgia segment by Joseph Manigos, as he sang and danced his way through ‘How Deep Is Your Love?’ and ‘Stayin’ Alive’ from ‘Saturday Night Fever’.

The show’s rhythm comfortably slowed down again as Marlyn Hazelton sang ‘Colors of the Wind’ from the Disney animation ‘Pocahontas’. Bong Galagar came up onstage to sing the duet ‘Up Where We Belong’ from ‘An Officer and a Gentleman’ with Hazelton, completing the show’s 4th segment.
“Waves” and ‘Moonlight Lover’ from Hong Kong productions ‘Tea in Summer’ and ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ were also introduced to the audience by Cantopop singer Connie Hau Wai Ning. Danny Chin provided the show with another Chinese pop number with ‘Para Para Sakura’ from the movie of the same name.

Joana Westbrook returned onstage to pull the audience back to a more familiar number in ‘Sway’ from ‘Shall We Dance?’. Boyet Billones ended the first set with his performance of Jim Carrey’s ‘Cuban Pete’ from the comedy film ‘The Mask’.

Floro Senande led the band with his flute in opening up the second hour with an instrumental called ‘Building Bridges’, before turning the stage over to William Elvin’s delivery of ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight?’ from Disney’s ‘The Lion King’.

Jazz singer Lulu Calleja powered out her version of the themes from ‘To Sir With Love’ and ‘Alfie’ in the next segment before Bong Galagar brought the pace a bit slower with ‘Beautiful Maria of My Soul’ from ‘The Mambo Kings’.

Vicky Lawrence was up next with ‘There You’ll Be’ from ‘Pearl Harbor’. She was then joined by Jonathan Rebbeck on saxophone for another James Bond classic ‘Nobody Does It Better’ from ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’.

Michelle Carrillo treated the audience with jazzed up versions of ‘How Do You Keep The Music Playin’?’ from ‘Best Friends’ and the ‘Green Dolphin Street’ theme, with Jim Schneider on keys.
The night of music ended with the performers rocking their way through The Manhattan Transfer’s theme from ‘Twilight Zone: The Movie’ and Jefferson Starship’s ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’ from ‘Mannequin’.

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