A platterful of quality entertainment

By Ranjit Vethakan

Tickets are moving steadily for the Platters' concerts in Colombo early next month - the first concert by international artistes following the island's return to peaceful times.

The American legends are performing three concerts: two at Water's Edge - on November 3 and 4 - after opening their tour of Sri Lanka with a gala dinner show at Cinnamon Lakeside on November 2.

The Platters are the first in a long line-up of artistes earmarked for Sri Lankan audiences through the efforts of local promoter, Haadia Galely and her company, Mantra Moods.

Water's Edge, which has played host to a number of high- profile performances over the years, is supporting the event. Also playing a front-line role in making these concerts a reality is the Home of Hits, Gold FM.

Tickets for the concerts are priced at Rs 5,000, Rs 4,000 and Rs 3,500. The Gala Dinner Concert at Cinnamon Lake Side, which includes a sumptuous three-course meal, will be Rs 6,500.

Adding extra interest to the three gigs will be the addition of the award winning male choral group, Revelations as the opening act. The Revelations are currently ranked sixth in the world among all male choirs, according to the musica mundi rankings. Led by the talented Sanjeev Jayaratnam, the group has enjoyed success both locally and internationally.

The 11-man acapella choir has been preparing for the event and has even received permission from the Platters to pay a tribute to them with a delightful medley of some of their hits.

The Sunday Times is the Print Media sponsor along with its sister newspaper, the Daily Mirror, while Gold FM and ART TV have come on board as partners in the field of electronic media.

The two local host hotels are the Cinnamon Lake Side and the Hilton Colombo.The Platters are an act not to be missed, if quality entertainment is your wont.

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