Mirusia’s Home Tour 2012

Mirusia Louwerse




Reviewed by Ericka Kronsteiner
On 18, 20 and 29 November 2012, I had the privilege of seeing 3 fabulous concerts featuring local Brisbane based singers / performers Mirusia Louwerse who has recently spent five years touring the world with Andre Rieu as Lead Soprano and appears next in the little red company’s How to Make Snow; Gregory Moore who is a former member of the world renowned The Ten Tenors and who was also Tenor Soloist for Scotland The Brave, which toured Australia, Canada and New York, and the amazing Vocal Manoeuvres (Choirmistress Alison Rogers). The concert was, of course, Mirusia’s Home Tour 2012 Featuring Special Guests Gregory Moore and Vocal Manoeuvres. The concerts were held at the Ipswich Civic Centre, The Events Centre Caloundra and The Studio at Sydney Opera House.
The Ipswich concert was performed to a wonderful audience who thoroughly enjoyed the concert (and who braved horrible weather – rain, thunder, lightning and hail storms – to get to and from the venue…now that’s dedication!), and the singers didn’t disappoint. This concert was the first for this part of the tour and went off without a hitch…no previews or rehearsals needed for these professionals. The Ipswich audience included a large contingent of Gregory Moore fans who cheered on their favourite, and who also wholeheartedly embraced Mirusia and Vocal Manoeuvres. Mirusia’s fans were just as generous in their appreciation of Gregory Moore and Vocal Manoeuvres and at the conclusion of the concert they received a well-deserved standing ovation.
The Caloundra show was sold out and once again the concert was fantastic; the performers seemed a bit more relaxed and again the concert received rapturous applause and a standing ovation. It was lovely to hear all of the wonderful comments before the concert, during the interval and after the concert from the audience about how much they loved the show and would love to see them all again doing more shows…someone needs to make this happen!
The Sydney Opera House Studio show began with no microphones working for the vocalists. After rehearsing and everything going perfectly before the concert, Mirusia came out on stage and her headset died as she started the first song Home. She continued to sing and did a fantastic job in difficult circumstances, staying true to the adage that, “The show must go on!” After her first song Home, a representative from the Sydney Opera House came on stage and graciously explained to the audience that there was a problem with the SOH sound system and they took a 10 minute break whilst sound staff from SOH were working on the problem. Mirusia’s Salon Orchestra stayed on stage during this time to play for the audience. There were two other shows on at the same time at the SOH and all had the same problem…all credit to the SOH sound staff for rebooting the sound system and fixing the problem promptly. All of the audience stayed and were soon greeted with Mirusia returning to the stage, re-starting the show and performing her opening song Home with the headset now working again. The rest of the show went perfectly and the capacity audience loved every minute of it, once again giving them all a standing ovation. The Sydney show also featured a young lady who was a violin soloist who played beautifully.
It was wonderful to see the audience’s enthusiasm and appreciation for Mirusia Louwerse, Gregory Moore & Vocal Manoeuvres and to see these internationally recognised singers receive a standing ovation at each of their shows.
The song list had something for everyone from Classical to Opera and Celtic to Contemporary songs.  Mirusia performed all of her solo songs beautifully and even sung one song in Norwegian and another in Japanese showing her versatility as a singer and as a linguist.  Mirusia also performed her original composition, Forever Shine, which was amazing. Gregory Moore performed his beautiful renditions of Making A Difference, Danny Boy, You Raise Me Up and My Way. Sensational. The duets performed by Mirusia and Gregory Moore were just magical. They interacted with the audience and were especially wonderful with the young children who were in the audience. After the show, Mirusia and Gregory Moore chatted with the children and encouraged each to follow their dreams just as they themselves are doing. The amazing choir, Vocal Manoeuvres, provided backing for some of the songs and also performed their own arrangement of Waltzing Matilda conducted by Choirmistress Alison Rogers…such incredible voices. Four of the ladies from Vocal Manoeuvres, dressed beautifully in elegant dresses each with a different colour, provided backing for the Italian song that Mirusia sang which, for a moment, transported us to Venice.
Mirusia Louwerse looked elegant and enjoyed many dress changes, each gown accompanied by beautiful shoes, jewellery and accessories…do you think she will notice if her beautiful wardrobe goes missing?! Gregory Moore, not to be outdone by Mirusia’s costume changes, also had a couple of suit changes throughout the show, which complemented Mirusia’s style. One of Gregory’s suits featured a beautiful white tie which was embossed and matched handkerchief folded in his coat pocket…very stylish.  Needless to say he looked very handsome in his suits. The gentlemen of the band all wore formal suits whilst the ladies of the band wore beautiful dresses. The four ladies who sang backing for Mirusia for her Italian song were in the same style but different coloured dresses and all looked lovely.
Audience participation came with the singing of I Still Call Australia Home, and a bit of fun and frivolity with the singing of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
Against a simple yet elegant backdrop for the concert, the lighting was tailored to each song. One of my favourite lighting effects was a beautiful Rainbow image when Mirusia was singing Somewhere Over The Rainbow.
The VIP Meet & Greet gave audience members the opportunity to meet Mirusia, Gregory Moore & Vocal Manoeuvres, and to have some photos taken.  Mirusia was very gracious with her time. Gregory Moore and members of Vocal Manoeuvres also interacted with the audience members after the show. This show would definitely be at home on any Australian or international stage and I hope they will tour again together in 2013.
It was a privilege to attend all 3 of these shows; in each there was something slightly unique and special, making each performance unforgettable.
Song List
Home (K. Durant) – Performed by Mirusia Louwerse
Summertime (G. Gershwin) – Performed by Mirusia Louwerse
Solveig’s Lied (E. Grieg) – Performed by Mirusia Louwerse
Beautiful That Way (N. Piovani / G. Dor / A. Nini) – Performed by Mirusia Louwerse
Love Is a Gift (O. Newton-John / E. Rose / V. Shaw) – Performed by Mirusia Louwerse & Gregory Moore
Making A Difference (P. Pinne / P. Dellit) Performed by Gregory Moore
Danny Boy (Trad.) – Performed by Gregory Moore
Ave Maria (F. Schubert) – Performed by Mirusia Louwerse & Vocal Manoeuvres
Romanza (M. Malavasi) – Performed by Mirusia Louwerse
Somewhere…Over The Rainbow (L. Bernstein / S. Sondheim / H. Arlen) Performed by Mirusia Louwerse
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (R & R Sherman) – Performed by Mirusia Louwerse, Gregory Moore & Vocal Manoeuvres
Life Is Like A Boat (R. Fu) – Performed by Mirusia Louwerse
O Mio Babbino Caro (G. Puccini) – Performed by Mirusia Louwerse
Botany Bay (Trad. Arr. C. Brindley) – Performed by Mirusia Louwerse & Vocal Manoeuvres
Waltzing Matilda (Trad.) – Performed by Vocal Manoeuvres with Choirmistress Alison Rogers
You Raise Me Up (R Lovland / B Graham) – Performed by Gregory Moore
My Way (C. Francois / J Revaux / P. Anka) – Performed by Gregory Moore
All I Ask Of You (A Lloyd-Webber) – Performed by Mirusia Louwerse and Gregory Moore
Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again (A. Lloyd-Webber) – Performed by Mirusia Louwerse
Forever Shine (M. Louwerse / J. Kempster) – Performed by Mirusia Louwerse
I Still Call Australia Home – Performed by Mirusia Louwerse
Look For Me In Rainbows – Performed by Mirusia Louwerse
Mirusia Home Tour 2012

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