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Fri 7 Sep 2012, 7:00pm–9:00pm
Sat 8 Sep 2012, 9:00pm–11:00pm

Where: The Italian Forum, 23 Norton Street, Leichhardt, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $40.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: bellesinga

This beautiful hommage to one of the world's greatest female voices - Karen Carpenter - will be a World Premiere Event for the Sydney Fringe Festival. 'Close To You' presents all the hits and tunes you love as made famous by the Carpenters during their decade-long dominance in the '70's of the international music charts. Meera Belle brings to life those gorgeous vocals and melodic pop tunes in this elegant retrospective salute which is an especially lovely night's entertainment suitable for all ages. “Close To You”, “Top Of The World”, “We’ve Only Just Begun” are just some of the hits from the duo who lit up the world with their beautifully-crafted songs.
Audiences for Ms Belle's preview of this show awarded it standing ovations, stamped for encores and called it: “..A delight”, “Terrific!” and “Absolutely lovely”. The Carpenters duo were the Number One best selling group in America between 1970 and 1980 and international superstars. Richard Carpenter's arranging skills broke new ground for contemporary music and the world fell in love with the flawless voice of Karen. Together, they delivered perfect pop tunes enjoyed across all age groups which are still loved the world over today.
With a background in opera, music theatre, pop, rock, jazz and soul music, international artist Meera Belle has been gathering critical acclaim for several years now as a singer of great flexibility, elegance and grace. As a third of the vocal trio The Belles, she hit the airwaves on Australia's Got Talent and has been developing an impressive range of performances and musical incarnations ever since.
Ms Belle now runs vintage vocal trio The Starr Sisters and moonlights as the frontperson for the very quirky pop/latin band, BossaBaby. 'Close To You; A Salute To Karen Carpenter' is a dream come true for Ms Belle and has been several years in the making.
"Karen inspired me to become a singer," Ms Belle explains. "I was so taken with the special smoothness of her voice, her exceptional delivery and I really think that is what took me all the way to train an an opera singer so many years later.
"Something about that rich full delivery stayed with me and put me on my own musical path. For that, I am incredibly grateful and this show is my way of honouring her talent and the legacy she left of such beautiful music."
Ms Belle has performed mini-versions of the show to great acclaim. "I've never had the resources to put the full show on but the Sydney Fringe is the best opportunity now to do this and it is so exciting to now be working towards the World Premiere." As a local Inner West artist, Ms Belle is also thrilled to be presenting this show at The Italian Forum Cultural Centre.
"What a fabulous venue, state-of-the-art facilities and right here in the Inner West! I could not have asked for a more perfect debut for the full show."
Tickets are now on sale through 2012.sydneyfringe website