The artistic directors of the Cayman Arts Festival have announced the line-up for the second bi-annual festival, scheduled to run from Friday, 10 February to Saturday, 18.
The week-long festival will showcase a range of events from jazz to classical concerts, educational workshops and art exhibitions.
Included in the line-up are the Harlem Community Gospel Choir, Bones Apart – a dynamic female trombone quartet from the UK – jazz musician Roy Ayers and a choral grand finale, involving Wayne Marshall (UK), soprano Deborah Riedel (Australia), tenor Paul Ferris, the Cayman National Orchestra and the Cayman National Choir.
The over-arching theme of the festival will be a celebration of the various genres of the human voice.
During this year’s festival there will be a major educational emphasis, with many of the visiting artists, including the Harlem Gospel Choir, Wayne Marshall and Bones Apart conducting educational workshops in schools and lectures to students interested in a career in the arts.
Glen Inanga, participating musician and co-artistic director of the festival, said: ‘This festival is full of opportunity for the public to interact in different ways, ranging from educational workshops to unforgettable, engaging performances.
‘We are excited to present a schedule that includes master classes and educational programmes for younger participants provided by well established international musicians, in addition to the musical performances and visual art presentations from international and local talent.’
Pilar Bush, director of tourism, added: ‘The Cayman Arts Festival is the only international arts festival of its kind in the Caribbean. The Cayman Islands is thrilled to host this fun-filled week of activity for locals and visitors, young and old alike.’
Tickets for each event cost $25 in advance, available from Funky Tangs, Fosters, Reflections, The Camera Store, Micro Matrix and Z99. An all-inclusive ticket for all five headlining acts costs $100. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $30. Tickets for children under 16 cost $5. Friday’s event featuring the Better Read than Dead Society will cost $10, available on the door. For further information visit www.caymanartsfestival.com, or call 914-4907.
Thursday 9 February – Workshop with the Harlem Gospel Choir, First Baptist Church, 1.30-2.30pm. The workshop is geared towards children.
Friday, 10 February – Harlem Gospel Choirperform popular music and gospel hits at the First Baptist Church, Crewe Road from 7.30pm. The world famous Harlem Gospel Choir is one of the finest gospel choirs in the world and travels the globe sharing its love of music, faith in the joy of music and raising money for children’s charities.
Saturday, 11 February – Keyboards for Cayman – First Baptist Church, Crewe Road, 7.30pm. Jennifer Micallef and Glen Inanga, of the Micallef-Inanga Piano Duo, perform alongside Wayne Marrshall. Micallef and Inanga have been collaborating since they met in 1994 at the Royal Academy of Music in London and have toured the US and Europe extensively. They are regular visitors to the Cayman Islands and serve as artistic directors of the Cayman Arts Festival. Wayne Marshall is an internationally renowned pianist, conductor and organist who currently serves as the Organist-In-Residences at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, one of the finest halls in the UK.
Monday 13 to Tuesday 14 February – Roy Ayers ‘King of the Vibes’ and Friends – Jazz Performances, Marriott Hotel, 8.30pm. One of the most sought after jazz musicians in the world will perform at the Marriott Hotel. Roy Ayers has been in the professional circuit for more than 40 years, and has recorded more than 60 albums with major labels, including Polydor, Virgin Records and Elektra. In addition Jazz Nights will feature Caymanian jazz groups (Monday night) Hi Tide, Cool School, (Tuesday night) In Transit and Mainstream.
Thursday, 16 February – Bones Apart, First Baptist Church, Crewe Road, 7.30pm. A trombone quartet from the UK, the all female ensemble has a wide repertoire The diversity of their programme will feature not only theatre and costume, but music of all styles and genres including baroque, classical, romantic, Latin, jazz, contemporary and popular – a crowd pleaser for a wide range of music enthusiasts.
Friday, 17 February – Better Read Than Dead Society An experimental drama group based in the Cayman Islands. Experimental in the sense that the group does not rehearse, does not learn lines, but meets on a monthly basis to perform staged readings at which there is an emphasis on spontaneity and the occurrence of the unanticipated. Roles for actors and actresses are selected blind from a hat, participants are reading their lines for the first time. The society will be performing a play by Moliere and will encourage willing spectators to join in by participating on stage. Tickets cost $10, available on the night.
Saturday, 18 February – The Night of a Hundred Voices Grand Finale, First Baptist Church, Crewe Road, from 7pm. The Grand Finale promises to be a splendid closing to the festival, bringing many of the artists together to collaborate with the Cayman National Orchestra and the Cayman National Choir. Conducted by Wayne Marshall, with Deborah Riedel (Soprano), and Paul Ferris (Tenor) the event will encourage audience participation and bring the concertgoers to their feet throughout the evening with well known songs to include Carmen, Traviata, West Side Story, O Sole Mio and many more.
A dress rehearsal will take place for the Grand Finale, from 10am to 1pm, (to be confirmed) at the First Baptist Church which members of the general public are free to attend at no cost.