The Cayman Arts Festival, which offers a rare opportunity to enjoy world-class musicians in Cayman, kicked off with performances by String Fever.
“The world’s first genetically modified string quartet,” as they bill themselves, performs on five- and six-string electric violins, a viola and cello. Since their debut in 2003, they have delighted audiences in hundreds of cities in more than 20 countries.
The biannual arts festival, now in its ninth year, was set up by piano duo Glen Inanga and Jennifer Micallef and is run as a nonprofit event, relying on sponsorship to help secure the festival’s impressive musical program.
The festival is also an opportunity for Cayman’s rising stars to showcase their talent.
On Tuesday, Feb. 11, a selection of Butterfield’s Young Musicians of the Year finalists will perform at the Prospect Playhouse at 7 p.m.
The festival also offers a host of free events and workshops. All the visiting artists will be conducting workshops, master classes or concert demonstrations for the educational benefit of Cayman’s youth. In addition, this year the festival is adding a dance element with a weeklong dance workshop in collaboration with the Juilliard School, from Feb. 6-14,
Other festival highlights include a Friday, Feb. 7, performance by saxophonist Amy Dickinson at First Baptist Church at 7:30 p.m. Dickson began lessons at the age of 6 and made her concerto debut 10 years later. Recognized widely for her remarkable and distinctive tone and exceptional musicality, she has performed throughout the world in venues such as Wigmore Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House as a soloist with many orchestras, including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
She was recently awarded Mastercard’s Breakthrough Artist of the Year and performed at the 2013 Brit Awards.
On Saturday, Feb. 8, it’s the turn of pianist, recitalist and chamber musician Danny Driver to take to the stage, 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church. Driver is known internationally for the exceptional quality of his performances and recordings, the imagination and breadth of his repertoire, and for the individuality of his interpretations of core repertoire works and neglected masterpieces.
The festival will come to a close with the world-famous Harlem Gospel Choir on Saturday, Feb. 15, at First Baptist Church at 7:30 p.m. The choir is synonymous with power vocals, glorious sound and infectious energy. For more than two decades they have been America’s premier gospel choir and have toured the globe, thrilling audiences with the inspirational power of black gospel music.
The choir has performed alongside superstars such as Bono and Diana Ross, and has performed for three presidents and two popes, and recorded with the likes of Keith Richards, The Chieftains, and Trace Adkins.
For a full listing of events and ticket details, visit caymanartsfestival.com. Alternatively, email [email protected] or call 929-8663.