New chum to the Wimmera, Max Pietruschka who has formed the energetic Wimmera Voices Choir based upon the concept of Dr Jonathon Walsh's Choir of Hard Knocks recently shared a beautiful family memory.
As Max's memory much more elegantly states a long held and published view of mine regarding classically trained opera singers trying to perform folk songs, I share it not only to emphasise my viewpoint but also to publicise another form of folk singing now available in Horsham every Monday night at 6:30 pm at the CWA Hall.
Max's share. (told with an assumed heavy Russian accent):
" My Vather, Ivan , was a violinist with the Melbourne S.O.. He also used to sing in a magnificent deep voice. He told me when I was only a small boy "Max, ven you zing, zing from ze heart. Ze greatest opera singer can zing a zong pitch perfect but no-von will remember or enjoy, BUT zing vrom ze heart and not zing every note pitch perfect and ze audience vill love you and remember you alvays! "
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