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DCFA’s Joyful Two preview concert

Monday, June 19 2017

THE UWI Arts Chorale, the premier choral ensemble of the University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine Campus, and the UWI Arts Steel, the premier steelband ensemble, will tour Belize and Mexico in July.

The two groups will present a preview concert, Joyful Two, on Sunday at the Holy Rosary RC Church, , Henry Street in Port of Spain at 6pm. Jessel Murray, senior lecturer at UWI and head of the Department of Festival and Creative Arts (DCFA), will conduct the ensembles.

To tour to Belize and Mexico will kick-start the DCFA’s 30th anniversary celebrations.

The tour is from July 18 to 28.

UWI is the largest institution of higher learning in the English- speaking Caribbean with campuses in Trinidad, Barbados, Jamaica, and the Open Campus. Belize is part of the Open Campus system. In Belize, the chorale and steel will be hosted by the University of Belize and will perform formal concerts at various locations, including the country’s premier concert site, the Bliss Centre for the Performing Arts, as well as the University of Belize in the capital, Belmopan.

While at the university, the two groups will form part of the installation ceremony of Prof Clement Sankat as the president of the university.

Sankat was most recently the principal of UWI, St Augustine.

In Mexico, the chorale and steel have been invited to perform at the University of Quintana Roo in Chetumal.

Previous tours by the chorale and steel have included performances in Barbados, Martinique, Massachusetts and New York.

Joyful Two is a mélange of performances featuring exciting performances by the UWI Arts Chorale and Steel – as well as vocal and pan soloists.

The chorale performs excerpts from the Brahms Ziguenerlieder (Gypsy Songs) in the original German, as well as Broadway selections, folk and calypso music including their well-known treatment of David Rudder’s Calypso Music.

The steel performs the world premiere of a Jeannine Remy work, Overture, as well as arrangements of classic and not so classic calypso/soca – Pan in Harmony and Ah Feeling ah Feeling, among others. Together, the chorale and steel perform the famous and popular Schubert Mass in G, originally set for voices and strings. The programme is enlivened with pan solos as well as solos and duos from the chorale’s vast treasury of musical theatre, including Andrew Lloyd Webber selections and the virtuoso Glitter and Be Gay aria from Candide sung by soloist Sadie Baxter.

Tickets cost $150 each and are available from UWI Arts Chorale and UWI Arts Steel members, the Rosary Church Office and at the Department of Creative and Festival Arts.



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