The Cayman Arts Festival Music on the Menu dinner series returns Jan. 28, presenting performances from a variety of talented artists.
Dubbed “Soundscape,” the event at Luca restaurant, Seven Mile Beach, will feature a gourmet three-course dinner with wine pairings and music by four resident musicians: Lauren Knuckey, Anne Walsh, Allie Cortens and Glen Inanga.
Music on the Menu is part of the biannual Cayman Arts Festival, set to be held next month, Feb. 17-26. Money raised from the Music on the Menu dinner series helps to support the Cayman Youth Choir and CAF Junior Orchestra. The music series is held every January, May and September.
Originally from Cornwall, England, Knuckey was a prominent member in many ensembles as both an oboist and violinist. She studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and has toured across Europe and played in major U.K. music venues, including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall.
Following her graduation in 2010, she began working as an instrumental teacher in and around London. Her passion for music and teaching inspired her to train professionally as a teacher. She has worked as a music teacher for Musicians Ltd. in Grand Cayman since 2012.
Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Walsh, a soprano, is a performing arts teacher at Cayman International School. Previously she was a high school choir director in her home town. Although Walsh is a teacher, she is equally as passionate about her own music. She spent this past summer in Weimar, Germany, performing the role of Zweite Damen in Mozart’s “Die Zauberfote” with the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar company. Walsh’s recent roles include Fiordiligi in Mozart’s “Cosi Fan Tutte,” and Anna Marrant in Kurt Weil’s “Street Scene.”
She graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, in 2012, with a double major in opera performance and vocal music education.
Allie Cortens pursued her musical studies in Canada, receiving her associate of the Royal Conservatory (Toronto) diploma and her bachelor of music degree with distinction at the University of Victoria, both in piano performance. Cortens studied piano with Susan Olsen and Bruce Vogt and performed in master classes with such distinguished artists as Janina Fialkowska and Anton Kuerti. Cortens also attended several summer music programs, including the Centre d’Arts Orford in Québec. She has performed solo recitals, accompanied a number of choirs, and taught piano as well as music theory. However, chamber music is her first love and she takes every opportunity to collaborate with other performers.
Following graduation from Clare College, University of Cambridge, as a British Council Scholar where he read the Engineering Tripos and received his master of arts degree in 1998, Inanga studied with Martin Roscoe at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He has performed internationally as a concert pianist soloist, as a duo pianist with the multiple award-winning Micallef-Inanga Duo, as well as a chamber musician collaborating in recordings on the Sono Luminus label with Grammy award-winning artists Eliesha Nelson and John McLaughlin Williams. In February 2004, Inanga launched the Cayman Arts Festival.
The event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with welcome drinks and canapes, followed by the concert at 7:30 p.m. Dinner will be served from 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $125. Email [email protected], or call 922-5550.