NMS 2017-2018 / SEASON PROGRAM
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“GODDESS OF THE WIND” - Ancient spiritual traditions of the Yoruba are still proudly practiced in Trinidad and Tobago. Orisha, like the people themselves, has been mixed and blended to include many influences from all over the world, but the roots remain unchanged. Through her own text and poetry, and using a variety of music from many lands, Nicole works with Bahamian pianist Dion Cunningham to tell the story of the power and influence of “Oya”, the Orisha Goddess of the Wind.
“NIGHT AT THE OPERA” - Enjoy an evening of classical opera arias and Broadway solos. The versatile Nicole Jordan will be joined in parts by tenor Gary Seydell, invited choristers from the Bel Canto Singers and the Lyford Cay International School choir, with whom she has worked as Artist in Residence at LCIS. Accompanied by Bahamian pianist Dion Cunningham.
UPCOMING CONCERT DATES
"GODDESS OF THE WIND"
" A NIGHT AT THE OPERA"
Youth Choir Concert
ALEXANDER KRAFT VAN ERMEL
FILM SCREENING - Pianist. Composer. Spy. Wim Statius Muller graduated from New York’s Juilliard School of Music as a classically trained pianist only to embark on a 35-year career in espionage before retiring as NATO’s Chief-of-Counter-Intelligence in 1995. One of the Caribbean’s greatest unsung pianist-composers, Statius Muller’s Antillean Dances—a collection of Curaçao waltzes, mazurkas and tumbas—stand at the pinnacle of traditional Curaçaoan music.
With Film Director Alaric Smeets and Pianist Alexander Kraft Van Ermel. Presented in partnership with BIFF.
PIANO CONCERT & PRESENTATION: A piano concert and presentation in conjunction with the Saturday evening screening of the documentary film Nostalgia: The Music of Wim Statius Muller.” Alexander Kraft Van Ermel, Statius Muller’s grandson, is the world’s most renowned interpreter of this original body of music. The evening will start with a brief introduction of his grandfather’s works and how they are influenced by Chopin, followed by a performance of selections by Chopin and from the Antillean Waltzes. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to explore this little known, but charming and elegant, body of original music from the Caribbean Lesser Antilles. Our complimentary wine service will take place at the end of the performance along with a brief Meet & Greet with Alexander Kraft Van Ermel and Alaric Smeets, film director.
NOSTALGIA, The music of Wim Statius Miller
Piano (Four Hands)
CLASSICAL PIANO FOUR HANDS: Duo Turgeon, a husband and wife team from Canada, has lined up a concert of classical favourites, hand-picked from 30 years of concerts around the world. Renowned for playing with technical virtuosity, the Duo will enthrall with twenty fingers united in perfect synchronicity on one piano. Come out for a spectacular evening of classical music performed with “hypnotic intensity” by one of the top piano duos of our time.
Classical Sonic Safari
Carnival of the Animals
FLUTE & JAZZ COMBO: Master flautist Rowland Sutherland, joined by some of our very own jazz giants, will present the vibrant, colourful sounds of the flute in a jazz setting with various influences from around the globe. The concert will include jazz standards, a number of original evocative compositions by Sutherland himself, as well as performances by flute ensembles. A diverse and eclectic evening, curated to demonstrate the flute’s contrasting soundworlds, from fantasy through to its dance-like radiance.
SOLO FLUTE & CHAMBER CONCERT: "Flautist Rowland Sutherland has a superb sound and technique, and is undoubtedly one of the very best flautists on the British scene." Enjoy an evening of rare lyrical, modern classical pieces for flute and piano and various flute groups, with musical influences from jazz, the Americas, the Caribbean and Asia. The concert will also include a number of evocative pieces composed by Sutherland himself.
FLUTE & JAZZ COMBO
& CHAMBER CONCERT
Jacqui Naylor &
Jazz Vocal and Jazz Piano
JAZZ CAFÉ: Jazz vocalist Jacqui Naylor performs with a quartet including long-time pianist and co-writer, Arthur Khu and a Bahamian rhythm section (bass and drums). With ten albums and an eleventh on the way, Naylor’s audience will be treated to new music, jazz standards, originals and covers. Expect also to hear examples of Naylor and Khu’s signature arranging technique coined “acoustic smashing,” where she sings a jazz tune over a well-known rock groove or vice versa.
JAZZ IN THE GARDENS: In their second concert of the weekend, Jacqui and pianist Arthur Khu will perform songs from their recent Q&A duo recording along with requested favorites from their previous nine albums together. Expect to hear refreshing arrangements of jazz standards, intimate renditions of pop covers and the duo’s own original music for which they are equally well-known. Weather permitting, this will be a open-air performance in one of the gardens. Concert seating is picnic-style and on a first come, first served basis with designated, well-marked areas for blankets, low-back chairs and high-back chairs. Concert goers are encouraged to bring picnics and refreshments (small coolers or insulated bags - no oversized coolers please!) and your own blankets or chairs. Chairs will also be available at The Trust. In the event of rain the concert will take place under the gazebo.
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