The EXTRA Cayman Arts Festival will be coming to Grand Cayman on Friday, 18 March, kicking off two weekends filled with special performances by the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble and three local choirs.
“It’s basically a little showcase of what to expect in 2012,” says Glen Inanga, the festival’s artistic director and conductor of the University College of the Cayman Islands Choir.
Juilliard Jazz Ensemble
The first event is the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble performance sponsored by the Caymanian Compass, Deloitte, Stepping Stones and Ogier.
“It’s a quintet with Juilliard Jazz Artistic director, guest drummer Carl Allen and guest faculty member Rodney Jones, and they’ll be performing on 19 March at the Marriott Beach Resort ballroom,” Inanga says.
On Friday, 18 March, the five Juilliard players – Clovis Nicolas (upright bass), Joe McDonough (trombone), Kris Bowers (piano), Rodney Jones (guitar), and Allen (drums) – will conduct master classes and workshops with students at St. Ignatius and Clifton Hunter high schools.
Requiem for three choirs
The following Saturday, 26 March, the Cayman National Choir, the University College of the Cayman Islands Choir, as well as the Cayman Youth Choir will perform John Rutter’s Requiem.
Sue Horrocks, principal conductor of the Cayman National Choir, will be conducting the performance, which is sponsored by Butterfield.
“Each (choir) is going to showcase a piece of their own, then I’m conducting Rutter’s Requiem with all three choirs and the national orchestra,” Horrocks says.
The choirs are now rehearsing in preparation for the performance.
“I’ll be working with each of the other choirs between now and the event,” she says. “I’m going to do some workshops with them so that we’re all on the same page. Then we’ll rehearse all together in the week prior to the event. I’m really looking forward to getting everybody together and hearing their sound,” she says. “
Tickets can be purchased online at caymanboxoffice.com by credit/debit card and cash from DoT offices.