Music on the Menu, the occasional dinner series in support of the Cayman Arts Festival, returned on Thursday, 4 October.
Music on the Menu is a series of periodic one-night musical performances combined with dinner at a restaurant. Organised by the Cayman Arts Festival, the proceeds from these events go toward supporting the Cayman Youth Choir.
Titled “A Trumpeter’s Lullaby”, the latest in the series of events took place at LUCA on West Bay Road in Grand Cayman. The evening started with a cocktail reception at 6.30pm and the audience was seated by 7.30pm to enjoy the recital, prior to dinner being served.
The recital featured accomplished trumpeter Gene Welch, accompanied by Glen Inanga on the piano.
Mr. Welch has been a kindergarten through Year 12 music instructor at Cayman International School since 2010 and serves as the school’s director of bands.
Prior to moving to the Cayman Islands, Mr. Welch was involved in numerous musical ensembles in Virginia and was a finalist in the National Trumpet Competition in 2010. He has played with the Cayman National Orchestra and the Cayman Islands Police Band, as well as various jazz and brass groups in the Cayman Islands.
Accompanied by Mr. Inanga, an internationally-renowned pianist and co-founder of the Cayman Arts Festival, the duo performed a selection of pieces designed to show the audience a subtler side of trumpet music. The recital included both some traditional compositions by the likes of Bach and Haydn, as well as some more modern pieces by Perschetti and Peaslee.
Organisers said they were delighted tickets sold out within days of being announced.