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Ali Harper sings Carole King

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Christchurch-based singer Ali Harper will transform Toitoi’s Opera House into her living room in May, with the familiar warmth and comfort of Carole King’s music.

To celebrate 50 years since the release of the iconic, bestselling album Tapestry, Ali Harper has created ‘A Natural Woman’, a performance which not only showcases Carole King’s well-loved songs but also introduces the woman behind the music.

Hailed as a ‘National Treasure’ by Theatreview, Harper is a performer who knows how to host an audience and leave each person feeling embraced like long-lost friends, as she flirts with and offers fascinating titbits of King’s life to the crowd, in between epic vocal tributes.

Harper told Radio NZ that her pull to perform King’s music is due to its timeless themes and familiar comfort.

“It is so delicious, her music. I love the fact that she writes in such a conversational way about subjects and life stories that we can all relate to.

“They are a tonic for forgetting what’s going on in our world… and that’s the joy I hope to share.”

Harper helped organise fundraising concert Arohanui– From Christchurch with Love, which raised over $17,500 for those affected by Cyclone Gabrielle, and she looks forward to sharing more of that love with our region come May 18.

“Hawke's Bay is a special place for me. My husband and I got married at the beautiful Ormlie Lodge 14 years ago and have family living all over the region.

“We’re looking forward to spending time here with our family, as well as bringing ‘A Natural Woman’ to the very special Toitoi Opera House, which is one of our favourite venues to tour!”

-          A Natural Woman performed by Ali Harper and her band is at Toitoi’s Opera House on Thursday, May 18, at 7.30pm. Tickets from $34.30. Buy yours at the Hastings isite or at

3 July 2023

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