Parsons brings a personal touch to his piano

Kane Parsons will be making the most of the grand piano at The Globe.

Kane Parsons will be making the most of the grand piano at The Globe.

Audiences will get to know performer Kane Parsons a little more with a show based on his musical influences over the years.

All the Right Notes carries on the tradition Parsons started in 2011 with a show featuring him and the piano. He added the Manawatu Sinfonia in the following year and this year he said he's refining it for a repeat season.

"A grand piano got re-located down to The Globe and I thought 'my goodness gracious', and it became the catalyst to re-design the show and bring it back."

Parsons, who is the programme leader for performance at UCOL, said his one-man show owes its uniqueness to the Clown Princes of Denmark, Victor Borge, who performed at the Regent 30 years ago.

"Borge, at his height, would take a piece of music, turn it inside out, upside down, back to front, then stitch it back together again and play it flawlessly. For 50 years he toured the world, including many visits to New Zealand, both as a solo pianist, but often with full orchestra and soprano soloist."

Parsons has recently had a new arrival of a six-week-old son to his family and he said his family focus also makes its way into the show.

"One of the gags is based around the fact that with three girls, we always have to listen to The Edge in the car. I'm very much a National Programme kind of a guy, so yeah, there's always a battle for the radio in the car."

Parsons has worked with old friend and director Craig Geenty to present what he said is a "visual symphony, which includes projection, lighting and animation".

"My show has evolved. I've retained the favourites that people remember, focused on my piano skills and introduced some 21st century magic."

All The Right Notes will be staged at The Globe from December 15-18 at 7.30pm and December 17 at 2pm.

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