Maori Entertainer to Perform Pavarotti

Published: Mon 26 Sep 2005 10:11 AM
Maori Entertainer to Perform Pavarotti
Maori entertainer Ash Puriri will be arriving in New Zealand this Thursday to prepare for four New Zealand concerts next week which pay tribute to Pavarotti and Barry White in Wellington (October 5), Palmerston North (October 6), Hamilton (October 7) and Auckland (October 8).
Famous on Australia’s Gold Coast for his faultless Barry White impersonations, Ash also has the vocal versatility to perform a perfect Pavarotti or croon to the sounds of Prince Tui Teka and John Rowles.
His rich, deep voice has featured on Australia’s “Star Struck” show in front of 12 million live viewers, casinos and cabarets on the Gold Coast as well as on board P’s Pacific Sky cruises.
Ash says the timing’s good for his show to travel New Zealand, especially as Pavarotti will be in the country in November for his farewell concert. Pavarotti (69) will retire from the stage after his final concert at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland.
Ash will perform many of his opera favourites including Nessun Dorma and Recondita Armonia.
He says over the years he’s been inspired by a range of musicians and singers including Luther Van Dros, Nat King Cole and Louis Armstrong as well as Aretha Franklin, Donna Summers and Billy Holiday. Closer to home, Ash says he’s always looked up to role models on stage like John Rowles and Sir Howard Morrison.
Presented by Aotearoa Promotions Ltd, Ash’s NZ concerts will feature his Big Band sound and Vegas Girl Dancers with a blend of his Barry White show and Ash in Concert show. Compered by Maori actor and entertainer, Pio Terei, Ash in Concert will present a collage of contemporary smash hits songs and famous big voices of the past. He will also pay tribute to Billy T-James, Prince Tui Teka, Ricky May, John Rowles and Sir Howard Morrison and make a special dedication to Inia Te Wiata and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.
ENDS (*view excerpts of his Barry White show online)
Concert venues and dates:
Tickets can be purchased from Ticketek for Wellington and Auckland shows and TicketDirect for Palmerston North & Hamilton. Tickets are $55 (booking fees may apply)
5th October 2005
The Opera House
111-113 Manners Street
6th October 2005
Palmerston North
Regent Auditorium
63 Broadway Avenue
Palmerston North
0800 4 TICKET
7th October 2005
Community Theatre (previously known as Westpac Community Theatre)
0800 4 TICKET
8th October 2005
Beaumont Centre, Auckland
98 Beaumont Street, Freeman’s Bay, Auckland
The Barry White Tribute Tour First class sponsor

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