-- A 17-year-old New Zealand singing sensation will
be guest vocalist when the Boston Pops Esplanade
Orchestra performs at the Augusta Civic
Center on Dec. 17.
Westenra of Christchurch, New Zealand, performed
earlier this year for Queen Elizabeth II, British Prime
Minister Tony Blair and President George W. Bush at
a private concert at the U.S. ambassador's residence
album, "Pure," made her the
fastest-selling classical artist of all time in the
United Kingdom when it reached gold status in under
a week, and she has recorded the end-title song of the
Disney film "Mulan 2."
is to make a guest appearance on the NBC television
series "American Dreams,"
and her national PBS special will air
later this year.
So far, some 3,300 tickets
have been sold for the Boston Pops' Augusta performance,
said Dana Colwill, director of the Augusta Civic Center.
For the last appearance
of the Pops in the city in 1997, some 5,500 tickets
"It was almost a sell-out,"
The civic center is limited
to about 5,800 seats for the performance because of
the size of the stage.
"The more expensive
ones go first," said Colwill. "We're doing
well there. They're slimmer pickings now."
Colwill recommends ticket
holders arrive early to find parking despite the fact
that all seats are reserved.
"We encourage people
to get here early. It's a very late-arriving crowd,"
he said. "People in Maine aren't used to big volumes.
Doors open at 7 p.m. for
the 8 p.m. performance.
The Boston Pops appearance
is being sponsored by Kennebec Savings Bank, which also
sponsored the 1997 performance.
"The first time we
did it was for Augusta's bicentennial," said Mark
Johnston, bank president. "To this date, people
are still talking about that concert and how great the
acoustics were. Even the conductor said how great a
place it was to do a concert."
said the bank was happy to help again this time. "It's
a way to give back to the community," he said.
Augusta Civic Center also will host a holiday performance
Dec. 6 of the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker.
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