Creative Mercury Bay is bringing yet another treat to Whitianga, with a “Quizzical Tipples and Tunes” evening to be held in the Whitianga Town Hall on Saturday evening 1 September.
OCTavo, a professional string ensemble made up of six to eight members of the Waikato’s Opus Orchestra, will be performing “music from the movies” during the evening. The audience – to
be made up of 14 tables with eight members each – will be asked to guess the names of the songs that are being played and the movies the songs come from. In between, the audience will have the opportunity to taste and be quizzed on a delectable range of wines and cheeses.“The evening will be challenging and fun; it’s an event that shouldn’t be missed,” said Mike Brown, one of the Creative Mercury Bay organisers of the evening.
The evening will be divided into four sections, the first three being the “quizzical” part of the evening and then the dance floor will open up. “Who says a string ensemble can’t play dance music? Get in training for your best dance moves on the dance floor,” said Mike.There will be prizes for the top three people doing the best in the quiz with the winner receiving a prize of about $300 in value; the most successful table will also receive a prize. “Be sure to have someone who knows their movie soundtracks sitting at your table or Google them yourself! It’s going to be worth it,” Mike says.
The OCTavo ensemble are an extremely talented group of musicians with a great repertoire, having played everything from Mozart to Metallica before. Anne-Marie Simpson, a cello player and one of the members of the ensemble, and her husband, Moses, the Opus Orchestra stage manager, were in Whitianga on Tuesday last week to have a look at the Whitianga Town Hall and to discuss the evening’s arrangements with Creative Mercury Bay’s Mike Brown and Jan Wright. “We’re very much looking forward to the evening,” said Anne-Marie. “The set up will be entirely different to anything the audience is used to. We’ll be seated in the middle of the town hall, with the audience tables surrounding us. It’s a much more intimate setting than a usual formal concert. We’re used to playing on a stage in front of our audiences, not among them. It will be nice to have such a different, inclusive experience. We’re all really excited about doing this.” Anne-Marie said that as the members of OCTavo are all professional musicians, they will all prepare for Quizzical Tipples and Tunes individually, but will have three joint rehearsals to ensure they give the Mercury Bay audience an evening to remember.
Tickets to Quizzical Tipples and Tunes went on sale last week and the combination of music from the movies, wine and cheese is already proving a hit as seven of the 14 tables have already sold. Mike doesn’t expect the remaining tables to remain available for long. Tickets to the evening can be purchased from Paper Plus in Albert Street, Whitianga. Tickets cost $50 individually or $360 per table of eight. The evening will start at 7:00pm and a cash bar will be available for those who want to sip on a beer or an extra glass of wine as well.