26 May 2016
As the dust settled and the workmen moved out the instruments and equipment from the latest Variety Show to come to KICS, there was a sense in the air that something special had occurred only moments earlier. It was a special feeling of conclusion as well as success. After 9 years of Variety Shows, it might be easy to say this was the best one yet, but it might just be! The show started off with the first time appearance of the 10-member Bronze KICS Band in their smart looking red shirts and black trousers. Each piece was well presented and obviously well rehearsed.
The programme continued with a number of young pianists, violinists and guitarists, each taking to their respective instruments with well-practiced and rehearsed pieces. Each performer had practiced performing their pieces in our weekly Fatour Recitals in the Senior Library.
The first half concluded with Serge Prokofiev’s piano version of the "Theme from Romeo and Juliet” as performed by Yasin Ibrahim, whose performance was wildly received by an enthusiastic audience.After everyone had their Band Brownie for the evening, the Silver KICS Band out did itself in performing a wide repertoire such as "Eye of the Tiger", "25 or 6 to 4", Shostakovich’s "Waltz No. 2", Puccini’s "Nessun Dorma’ and the every popular “Mas Que Nada”.
The band sounded particularly well this evening due to the improved concert venue, the KICS Gymnasium, which besides having air conditioning and a wind-free/ noise free stage, it also had lively acoustics which allowed all of the band members to hear each other. Following the band, the larger than usual, very cool and relaxed audience hear performances from a number of more advanced pieces such as Dvorak’s “Humoresque", performed on violin by Alia Ibrahim, who also performed on piano Mendelssohn’s "Venetian Gondola Man" Paloma graced the stage with her guitar solo "Spanish Romance".
Her sister also performed Schubert’s “The Swan Dance”; Christian with "Ventus’ Theme”; Tony Wentao with the beautiful sounds of St. Saens “Romance on French horn. Now there is an instrument people do not hear enough of- the French horn! And Vivaldi’s Concerto in A Minor Op. 3 No. 6 as performed by Rithe Arnold concluded the second half with a very excited audience.