Cayman Arts Festival EXTRA soon come

 EXTRA Cayman Arts Festival 2011 begins 18 March and brings two weekends filled with events and performances by the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble and three local choirs.

The first event is the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble’s performance on 19 March at the Marriott Beach Resort ballroom, which is sponsored by Deloitte, Stepping Stones and Ogier.

“It’s a quintet with Juilliard Jazz Artistic Director, guest drummer Carl Allen and guest faculty member Rodney Jones,” said Glen Inanga, the festival’s artistic director and conductor of the University College of the Cayman Islands Choir.

“The day before, the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble will be conducting master classes and workshops with our students here in Cayman,” he added.

The festival was started in 2004 by Mr. Inanga and Jennifer Micallef, who saw an opportunity to bring fine music of international standard to the Island.
Since then, they’ve been presenting a bi-annual festival of typically five events plus a youth event, bringing in overseas artists and mixing them with local talent.

On 26 March at First Baptist Church, the three choirs – the Cayman National Choir, the UCCI Choir, and the Cayman Youth Choir – will perform John Rutter’s Requiem.

“The aim of our recently-formed choir is to expose the young people to as diverse a range and styles of music as is possible,” said Daniel Twist, conductor of the Cayman Youth Choir.

Sue Horrocks, principal conductor of the Cayman National Choir, will conduct the performance, which Butterfield sponsors.

“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,” Ms Horrocks said.

The three choirs will be spending the coming weeks rehearsing for the performance that will end the EXTRA Cayman Arts Festival 2011.

“It’s going to be a wonderful collaboration and we are incredibly grateful for Butterfield’s support in sponsoring this event, as well as for the huge effort that all three choirs are putting into making it a memorable evening of singing,” Mr. Inanga said.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.caymanboxoffice.com

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