Cayman Arts Festival lures top talent, pleases attendees

Cayman Arts Festival earlier this year featured the Caymbridge Ensemble. 

As part of its visit to the Cayman Islands, the group conducted several workshops at schools enlightening students about playing in small groups. This is also referred to as chamber music. 

The Visual Arts Society’s event was at the Pedro Castle on Thursday, 14 March, before moving on to the Savannah Baptist Church.  

As one of the featured fringe events, the Visual Arts Society’s event featured Batik Artists Shirley Scott and Patricia Nicholson, who exhibited their work for guests. 

Batik is a Japanese word, which translates to wax writing. The technique is based on one of the oldest known methods of applying design to surfaces. The process involves coating portions of fabric coated with melted wax or some non-water, soluble material and then submersing the fabric or painting in dye. When the batik is completed and the wax is removed, the fabric is given a final rinse in a solution of mineral spirits and ironed to permanently set the colour.  

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Juilliard singers 

Friday night saw another fringe event with the Gathering at the Gallery, an early and free opportunity to hear the Juilliard singers at a special Miss Lassie retrospective. 

The four guest singers were tenor Roderick George; soprano Karen Vuong, Mezzo soprano Nathalie Mittelbach, baritone Benjamin Bloomfield. The quartet was back in action with the Saturday night event, held at First Baptist Church on Crewe Road. 

The first half showcased each singer in turn, with popular selections from operas and classical pieces which absolutely delighted a large crowd which was eager for a classy injection of culture. 

Following the interval, friend of Cayman, international conductor Ronald Corp, led the Juilliard soloists back out as they helmed a fabulous workout through the Mozart Requiem. 

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