"Which catchy tune should I choose?"
A spectator murmured this question after yesterday's concert. The question is quite justified, because Woody's sound sparked fireworks of rousing disco hits.
Before the room was grooved, however, the Ladies of Brass tuned the audience with Christmas titles and Santa sent the three holy kings over with small gifts for the children. Martin Woodford also got a surprise because the concert day was also his birthday. So the orchestra, which was still among the audience at the time, serenaded after White Christmas and presented him with a present.
During a short renovation phase, the 1st chairman Alexander Melchert welcomed the numerous guests in the almost sold-out town hall and handed over to Martina Müller from Radio Hamburg, who presented the purpose of this year's concert, namely Radio Hamburg: Listeners help children.
In the course of the evening there was one surprise after the other for the audience, because the titles played and their performers were - as every year - "strictly" secret and had to be guessed. The right answers were rewarded with flying chocolate Santa Clauses. However, for general amusement, the orchestra chief blabbed one or two times this year with his moderation ...
The titles were versatile. After a tremendous opening, it started with YMCA, followed by hits from Earth, Wind & Fire. The Latin side of the disco era was not neglected either with Copacabana and Que sera mi vida.
During the pieces, soloists kept coming up and impressing the audience. A solo by Martin and Max on saxophone and trumpet for Simply the Best was particularly beautiful.
With all the surprises, the orchestra itself was caught off guard. Martin stopped the hit One Step Beyond after just under a minute. What was going on? Was it played wrong? There was unrest, there was not yet a break in the title at the Christmas concert. The reason was simple:
With 22 saxophones, the piece should be played standing by these musicians, so that they give everything and could be duly appreciated by the audience. Thunderous applause for this firework was the thanks to the great Saxis.
After songs by the Pet Shop Boys and Ricky Martin, the concert came to an end. Due to the standing applause, the orchestra was drawn to three encores and Martin performed a phenomenal solo on the trumpet for Sky Fall.
The Woody’s Sound Orchestra thanks all viewers, supporters and donors. It was a great concert and a wonderful musical year for us. We wish you and your families a wonderful Advent and Christmas season, a happy New Year and look forward to welcoming you again next year when we perform.