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The Music of Leonard Cohen, A Journey 1967 to 2016

Imperfect Offering presents the Music of Leonard Cohen at Clarence Street Theatre Hamilton
Imperfect Offering standing ovation at Q Theatre Nov 2017 (image by Some Bizarre Monkey)
20 Sep 2019
Friday 20 September at 7:30pm
Imperfect Offering presents the music of Leonard Cohen in a journey from 1967 to 2016 of his best loved songs
Event type: 
$32.50 to $64.50
Clarence Street Theatre, Hamilton
59 Clarence Street, Hamilton


Imperfect Offering presents the music of Leonard Cohen  ”Utterly blown away  - wow, just wow.”  "Stunning arrangements sometimes better than the originals"

With a full nine-piece band including five vocalists, violin and even balalaika, Imperfect Offering will lead you on a life journey from Cohen's first album in 1967 to his last in 2016 released just weeks before his death. With a story that spans from a Jewish upbringing in Montreal, through Greek Island life with his muse Marianne to New York’s artist hang-out Chelsea Hotel to a Zen Buddhist sanctuary on Mount Baldy, Imperfect Offering will present the best songs from this journey.

Imperfect Offering was formed by lead singer Peter McMillan in 2014 from established rock, jazz and classical musicians. In 2018 Imperfect Offering performed in sold-out shows to standing ovations on a tour of North Island. Venues have included Ascension Wine Estate Matakana, Q Theatre Auckland City, St Andrews on the Terrace Wellington, Meteor Theatre Hamilton, MTG Century Theatre Napier and the Concert Chamber of the Auckland Town Hall.

Imperfect Offering includes five singers, violin and even balalaika. They appeared on TVNZ News on the event of Cohen’s death in November 2016 and was selected to be represented on the official Leonard Cohen website Cohencentric. Their growing repertoire includes the astonishing “Hallelujah”, “Suzanne”, “Chelsea Hotel”, “The Future”, “Bird on the Wire” and songs from Cohen's extraordinary last album "You Want it Darker". 

The name Imperfect Offering is inspired by Cohen’s ‘Anthem’.

"Ring the bells that still can ring 
Forget your perfect offering 
There is a crack in everything 
That’s how the light gets in.”

Written by

Clare Martin

4 Jul 2019

http://singingteacherauckland.co.nz Born in New Zealand, Clare gained a Bachelor of Music at Victoria University before studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, UK and a scholarship to the National Opera Studio in London.