CAF fundraiser Keyboard Wizardy planned

The Cayman Arts Festival is holding its first fundraiser this Thursday.

Keyboard Wizardy will showcase the spectacular musical skills of critically acclaimed pianist and festival director Glen Inanga.

The 45-minute solo recital will be held at the picturesque setting of Grand Old House.

The event kicks off with a reception from 6.30pm, which includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. In addition, GOH’s regular lounge menu will also be available.

The sit-down recital starts promptly at 7pm.

‘This is really going to be a fun event and I will be performing a selection of very popular show pieces, displaying as much virtuosity as possible,’ Mr. Inanga said.

The event coincides with the re-launch of the popular Jazz at Grand Old House weekly event, which has been on hold while the popular water-front restaurant is closed for refurbishment.

Following Glen’s recital pianist Leyannes Valdes will take to the keys. She is the daughter of renowned Jazz pianist Chucho Valdes.

Tickets are just $35, available from Grand Old House, with all proceeds going towards staging the next Cayman Arts Festival, scheduled for February, 2010. Keyboard Wizardry is the first fundraiser of a number planned, with a much larger fundraiser scheduled for February, 2009.

Mr Inanga studied with Martin Roscoe at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where he won several awards including the prestigious Overseas Research Students Scheme. He holds the MMus degree of the University of London with distinction in Piano Performance and was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2003.

As a soloist, he gave his New York debut in September 2000, performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue to a capacity audience in Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Centre, receiving rave reviews.

As a chamber musician, he has performed twice in the Luzerne Chamber Music Festival, New York, working with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Between 1993 and 1995, he was faculty member of Luzerne Music Centre, New York, where he coached young chamber music groups.

His award-winning piano duo partnership with Jennifer Micallef is reputed to be amongst the most outstanding in the UK today and is making an increasing impact on an ever-widening international audience.

In addition to a successful debut at the BBC Proms with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in July 2006, the duo’s latest disc, Robin Holloway’s Gilded Goldbergs was selected as the Record of the Month and Editor’s Choice by Gramophone Magazine, in February 2003.

In February 2004, the Micallef-Inanga Piano Duo successfully launched the first ever Cayman Arts Festival.

In April 2007, Mr. Inanga joined the University of the Cayman Islands to develop music courses for the Associate Degree, Certificate and Continuing Education Programmes.

The Cayman Arts Festival has become a popular mainstay on Cayman’s yearly entertainment calendar, and has seen a wealth of critically acclaimed musicians perform on Cayman’s shores. Past performers include the Garden Opera Company, Harlem Gospel Choir, Bones Apart, pop a capella group The Magnets and Grammy award-winning conductor John McLaughlin Williams. As well as offering a week-long programme of concerts, the festival also serves as an educational tool, holding a series of workshops in Cayman’s schools.