October 6, 2008

Denver Songs in Concert

The life and songs of John Denver are being celebrated in a new stage production that hits Christchurch later this month.

Combining live performances of his songs by international singers and musicians with archival footage that explores the music, Whisper the Wind will be performed at the Isaac Theatre Royal from October 16 to 18.

West Virginian Ron Rich and Dunedin's own Bevan Gardiner will perform 25 of Denver's greatest hits, including Take Me Home, Country Roads, Leaving on a Jet Plane, Calypso, Annie's Song and Thank God I'm A Country Boy.

By 1975, Denver was probably the biggest entertainment star in show business. That year Billboard Magazine rated him the No. 1 artist in pop, easy listening, pop singles and LP sales. His concert tours and television appearances reached millions globally and gave him a worldwide platform to speak out on charitable causes.

"I know we have the wherewithal to end hunger on this planet. I know we have the potential to live in peace without the threat of nuclear weapons.

"I give my life and my music to that world of peace," he said.

Denver died on October 12, 1997, when the light aircraft he was piloting in California experienced engine failure. He was 53.

Whisper the Wind is presented by Harold Thau, Denver's manager and business partner, in association with Aruba Productions. Tickets at Ticketek.

For more information, see www.showinfo.co.nz

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